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Atomic Wedgie
Toronto Maple Leafs
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Sep 26 @ 4:57 PM ET
Greetings, citizens of Leafs Nation, as well as those who aren’t here legally and are talking jobs away from hard-working Leafs fans. We will round you up and deport you – but not until you have recorded your predictions.

It's back! The Official Toronto Maple Leafs Prediction Thread. This time with 25% more riboflavin!

You know the drill. Cut and paste the template (below) and fill out your predictions for the year. There are no real rules - put down point totals, beeyotchy insults, general thoughts - I don't particularly care.

AT puck-drop time on opening night I'll get a ref to lock the thread, and your predictions will be frozen in time – much like Marincin at the Leafs’ blueline.

DO NOT MOCK OTHER GUYS' PREDICTIONS IN THIS THREAD!

Do that in the main Leafs threads. But simple rule - if you want to rip a guy a new one for a stupid prediction, you had better have made your own (stupid) predictions first. Otherwise, you’ll have to frank right off to the Spanish vineyards.

There are no prizes. I will not declare an official winner. Rather, the purpose of this exercise is for you to demonstrate your Leafy geniousness, and to allow others to witness your glory.

So without further ado...

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The Leafs will finish:

The main reason for this is:

The biggest surprise will be:

The biggest disappointment will be:

The unsung hero will be:

The goat will be:

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is):

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is):

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was:

If I was GM, I would have:

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs:

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C
F. Gauthier, C
J. Spezza, C
J. Tavares, C
N. Shore, C

Z. Hyman, LW
A. Johnsson, LW
D. Timashov, LW
M. Marchment, LW
K Agostino, LW

M. Marner, RW
J. Bracco, RW
T. Moore, RW
W. Nylander, RW
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW
A. Kerfoot, RW
Y. Korshkov, RW
I. Mikheyev, RW

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D
K. Gravel, D
B. Harpur, D
J. Holl, D
M. Marincin, D
T. Dermott, D
C. Ceci, D
T. Barrie, D
T. Kivihalme, D
R. Sandin, D
T. Liljegren



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G
M. Hutchinson, G
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners:
Western Conference Winners:

Most surprising team:
Most disappointing team:

Art Ross Winner:
Hart Winner:
Norris Winner:
Calder Winner:
Vezina Winner:
Richard Winner:

Western Stanley Cup Finalist:
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist:
Stanley Cup Winner:
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner:
Aetherial
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Mitch Marner is Simon Gimache, circa 2005.
Joined: 06.30.2006

Sep 26 @ 5:28 PM ET
Fist.

The Leafs will finish: 2nd Atlantic, 3rd overall

The main reason for this is: firepower, improved defense

The biggest surprise will be: Ceci won't be horrible

The biggest disappointment will be: Ander5sen will poop the bed again in the playoffs and special teams will be awful.

The unsung hero will be: Moore

The goat will be: Ander5sen

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Barrie, he will be meh on offense and horrible on defense

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci, Babcock will get him playing a simpler game.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was:
Good deals for Kapanen and Johnsson

If I was GM, I would have: Let Marner sit

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They still haven't figure out how to win.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 52G, 37A
J. Tavares, C 42G - 34A
A. Kerfoot, C 11G - 19A
J. Spezza, C 7G = 18A

A. Johnsson, LW 17G, 40A
Z. Hyman, LW 7G, 21A
D. Kapanen, LW 18G, 28A
T. Moore, LW, 5G, 19A

W. Nylander RW 23G, 41A
M. Marner, RW, 28G, 62A
W. Mikheyev, RW 8G, 18A
F. Gauthier, RW 2G, 9A

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 15G 47A
C. Ceci, D 5G, 22A
J. Muzzin, D 4G, 17A
T. Barrie, D 16G 42A
T. Dermott, D 4G, 12A
M. Marincin, D 0G, 6A


The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G, 40-15-4, .917
M. Hutchinson G, (or backup) 12-10-1 .903



The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Vegas

Most surprising team: Vegas
Most disappointing team: Nashville

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: McDavid
Norris Winner: Karlsson
Calder Winner: Hughes
Vezina Winner: Vasilevskiy
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Vegas
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Point
Santo_44
Toronto Maple Leafs
Joined: 10.20.2014

Sep 26 @ 5:43 PM ET
The Leafs will finish:1st in the Atlantic

The main reason for this is: TB is slightly better but I find it tough to see them motivated all season long after last season.

The biggest surprise will be: William Nylander(underpaid)

The biggest disappointment will be: Mitch Marner(overpaid)

The unsung hero will be: Jake Muzzin

The goat will be: Freddy the Goat...?

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): I wouldn’t say this guy sucks but he’s overrated and that’s Liljegren...he hasn’t really gotten much better in the past 2 years other than his defensive game.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Marty Marincin, he’s a number 6/7 D in the NHL.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Tyson Barrie trade

If I was GM, I would have: Fished more, he seems like a city guy.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: William Nylander scores 75+ points and the Leafs finish in the top 8 in GAA.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 51 goals-40 assists-91 points
F. Gauthier, C 5 goals-12 assists-17 points
J. Spezza, C 10 goals-15 assists-25 points
J. Tavares, C 45 goals-37 assists-82 points

Z. Hyman, LW 15 goals-20 assists-35 points
A. Johnsson, LW 25 goals-30 assists-55 points
D. Timashov, LW 2 goals-1 assist-3 points
M. Marchment, LW 0 goals-0 assists-0 points

M. Marner, RW 23 goals-60 assists-83 points
J. Bracco, RW 1 goal-2 assists-3 points
T. Moore, RW 10 goals-20 assists-30 points
W. Nylander, RW 25 goals-55 assists-80 points
N. Petan, RW. 5 goals-12 assists-17 points
M. Read, RW. 0 goals-0 assists-0 points
K. Kapanen, RW 20 goals-30 assists-50 points
A. Kerfoot, RW 15 goals-30 assists-45 points
Y. Korshkov, RW 1 goal-5 assists-6 points


The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 7 goals-53assists-60 points
J. Schmaltz, D 1 goal-6 assists-7 points
J. Muzzin, D 8 goals-30 assists-38 points
K. Gravel, D NA
B. Harpur, D NA
J. Holl, D 0 goals-7 assists-7 points
M. Marincin, D 1 goal-10 assists-11 points
T. Dermott, D 4 goals-20 assists-24 points
C. Ceci, D 4 goals-20 assists-24 points
T. Barrie, D 13 goals-50 assists-63 points



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G .919
M. Hutchinson, G .910
K. Kaskisuo, G .900


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners:Leafs
Western Conference Winners:LV

Most surprising team:Carolina Hurricanes
Most disappointing team:Montreal Canadiens

Art Ross Winner: Mcdavid
Hart Winner: Matthews
Norris Winner: Josi
Calder Winner: Kaapo
Vezina Winner: Gibson
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: LV
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Leafs
Stanley Cup Winner: Leafs baby
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Freddy the Goat






Ok fine, Tavares
MaximusAurelius
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Joseph Woll - starting goalie Leafs 2020-2021 season
Joined: 04.23.2012

Sep 26 @ 5:58 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 1st in Eastern conference with 116 points.

The main reason for this is: Leafs will lead the league in Goals for per game and have a top3 PP.

The biggest surprise will be: Alexander Kerfoot becoming Matthews' LW and being really good at it (60+ point season)

The biggest disappointment will be: Johnsson and Kapanen. Will be good 3rd/4th liners still, but Kerfoot, Mikheyev and Moore will eventually pass him on the team's depth chart.

The unsung hero will be: Hyman. One of the leaders of this team. His dad will try to get part of Tannenbaum's holding company's ownership share in MLSE during this season .

The goat will be: Freddy the GOAT will be earning a lot of respect from Babcock and Leafs' fans - doing really well with the limited minutes he'll get. Best player on the team will be Mitch Marner, with Tavares as a close second best.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Ceci. (he is not good at defending)

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Gauthier (in very limited minutes he'll get, he'll deliver on what will be asked: make sure the other team doesn't score, and actually eventually spend more time in the offensive zone.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: add Mikheyev.

If I was GM, I would have: traded for a solid backup goalie that can actually get 30+ points from 30 games) and traded at least one of Kapanen / Johnsson / Bracco for a proper #4 D man to play with Rielly.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs:
Let's pray Andersen doesn't get injured.


Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C - 90 points (49 goals) - due to missing 15 games during the season.
F. Gauthier, C - Will be a Babcock favorite - we'll see him quite a bit during last minute of games while defending a lead.
J. Spezza, C - Will eventually be the 3rd line C with Kerfoot moving to 2nd line LW and Nylander not fit for the 3C. Spezza with Mikheyev and Moore will be a very good 3rd line.
J. Tavares, C - 50 goal season (103 points). Will be awarded the C before start of season.

Z. Hyman, LW - great as always on the Tavares-Marner line. 50+ points.
A. Johnsson, LW - will be ok, but not spectacular. 39 points as a 3rd line LW.
D. Timashov, LW - waived and picked up by Columbus (Ott just couldn't do it).
M. Marchment, LW - AHL.

M. Marner, RW - 115 points for Mitch Marner. 80 assists.
J. Bracco, RW - AHL
T. Moore, RW - great season for him. Will eventually get some time on the PP. 40 points.
W. Nylander, RW - a good although not spectacular season. 65 points, quite a few on the PP.
N. Petan, RW - will be the 13th FW. will get 15 games or so. 10 points in them.
M. Read, RW - no contract.
K. Kapanen, RW - will be on the 3rd/4th line. 40 points. good on the PK though and will play a bigger role in the playoffs than in the regular season.
A. Kerfoot, RW - one of the surprises of the season, since he'll be on Matthews' LW. Will get 60+ points - and together with Barrie be part of a really good 2nd PP unit.
Y. Korshkov, RW - will be waived (since no waivers) but back with the team when required. 30 games, 12 points this season. Next season he'll be a fix on the 4th line.

MIKHEYEV - will do really well in his 1st season - big part of the PK (FW pairing with Marner). Will score a few SH goals. Eventually with Spezza and Moore on the 3rd line. 35 points.
Shore - will be waived but a first call-up early in the season since he can play C and kill penalties.

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D - loves to be on the PP with Marner. 60 points. Will be glad Dermott will be back after his injury to be his d-partner.
J. Schmaltz, D - waived and AHL.
J. Muzzin, D - will be big part of an improved PK.
K. Gravel, D - Marlies 6/7 d-guy.
B. Harpur, D - Marlies 6/7 d-guy.
J. Holl, D - will be 7th d-man at start of season. will replace Ceci after 10-15 games in the lineup as a bottom D-guy (when Dermott is back to play with Rielly).
M. Marincin, D - he'll be solid this season. good on the improved PK. Thicker.
T. Dermott, D - will impress after returning from injury - will play with Rielly. After the season we will say that Leafs should have signed him to an extension earlier.
C. Ceci, D - will not be good. the poor guy is a bottom pairing D guy, but Leafs have better and cheaper options for that. In the press-box by end of November.
T. Barrie, D - very solid year from him. Will be a bit better defensively than most think, although not great. His point totals will suffer a bit from not being on the top PP unit, but will still get 50 points.
Sandin&Liljegren will be on the team end of regular season - possibly jointly as the 3rd D-pairing.


The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G - .920 - 2.65GAA. 5 shutouts. will need to play 60 games still due to no proper backup early in the season. Will need to show in the playoffs whether he can be the guy.
M. Hutchinson, G - .895 - 3.5GAA. will play 8 games, but not great. will be replaced eventually by another backup goalie.
K. Kaskisuo, G - AHL starting goalie first half of the season; Woll will take over the Marlies net 2nd half of the season and will be Leafs backup next season.


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Toronto
Western Conference Winners: Colorado

Most surprising team: New York Rangers
Most disappointing team: New York Islanders

Art Ross Winner: Marner
Hart Winner: Mark Stone
Norris Winner: Heiskanen (absolute star for next decade+)
Calder Winner: Close race between Kakko, Makar and Hughes, but I pick Kakko.
Vezina Winner: Bobrovsky
Richard Winner: Ovechkin

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Dallas Stars
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa Bay
Stanley Cup Winner: Dallas Stars (team built for playoffs and no clear weaknesses)
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Jamie Benn
GreatGigInTheSky
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: "Yeah, Garth is a tool"- Garf, ON
Joined: 06.12.2017

Sep 26 @ 6:54 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the Atlantic and 3rd in the East.

The main reason for this is: Hella skilled team. All world goalie.

The biggest surprise will be: La Chèvre. Not because I think he's all that good but the 4th line is always better when he plays. People will, or at least should, notice it when he's healthy scratched.

The biggest disappointment will be: Ceci. Not that there's a whole lot to like, though.

The unsung hero will be: Andreas Johnsson.

The goat will be: La Chèvre

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Petan. He just flat out ain't any good.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): I don't know if people really think he sucks or anything but he's not getting the respect he deserves. Liljegren.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Trading for Tyson Barrie.

If I was GM, I would have: Made it a team policy that the second a players agent decides to negotiate a players contract through the media, that agent is done with the team.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They will get out of the 1st round this year and Roger will be angry when Babcock isn't fired.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C- 52g, 38a
F. Gauthier, C- 2g, 7a
J. Spezza, C- 10g, 25a
J. Tavares, C- 50g, 50a

Z. Hyman, LW- 16g, 24a
A. Johnsson, LW- 20g, 40a
D. Timashov, LW- Minimal NHL games
M. Marchment, LW- Please get healthy
Mikheyev- 14g, 26a

M. Marner, RW- 25g, 75a
J. Bracco, RW- Minimal NHL games
T. Moore, RW- 8g, 15a
W. Nylander, RW- 22g, 55a
N. Petan, RW- Phtahpbpabp
M. Read, RW- Nah
K. Kapanen, RW- 24g, 20a
A. Kerfoot, RW- 16g, 24a
Y. Korshkov, RW- Most likely AHL


The Defence:

M. Rielly, D- 20g, 58a
J. Schmaltz, D- Nah
J. Muzzin, D- 10g, 30a
K. Gravel, D- Nah
B. Harpur, D- Nah
J. Holl, D- Nah
M. Marincin, D- Reaaaaaaaaaaally Nah
T. Dermott, D- 5g, 20a
C. Ceci, D- 7g, 23a
T. Barrie, D- 18g, 42a



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G- 42w
M. Hutchinson, G- 8w
K. Kaskisuo, G- 0w


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Vegas

Most surprising team: Philly
Most disappointing team: NJ

Art Ross Winner: McJesus
Hart Winner: McJesus
Norris Winner: Rielly
Calder Winner: Makar
Vezina Winner: Freddy
Richard Winner: McJesus

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Colorado
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Colorado
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: MacKinnon
winsix
Season Ticket Holder
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: 3savilerowJan30,1969
Joined: 04.03.2016

Sep 26 @ 7:13 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the Atlantic, 2nd overall

The main reason for this is: Offence and fewer goals against, better special teams

The biggest surprise will be: Kapanen

The biggest disappointment will be:Muzzin, will be plagued with injuries

The unsung hero will be: Hyman will step his game significantly

The goat will be: Marincin ( goat as in poop not greatest of all time)
The goat will be : Matthews (as in greatest of all time - for captain underpants)

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Johnsson is pretty good especially for a 7th round pick, but takes too many stupid penalties and loses physical battles regularly.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci more limited exposure on a good team instead of beina a go-to guy on a horrible team

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: unload Zaitsev

If I was GM, I would have: added a power forward

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: best power play in the league

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 57G 52A
F. Gauthier, C 8G 12A
J. Spezza, C 14G 15A
J. Tavares, C 48G 47A

Z. Hyman, LW 20G 25A
A. Johnsson, LW 20A 23A
D. Timashov, LW 5G 10A
M. Marchment, LW 4G 8A


M. Marner, RW 28G 72A
J. Bracco, RW 4G 14A
T. Moore, RW 15G 17A
W. Nylander, RW 28G 42A
N. Petan, RW 0G 0A
M. Read, RW 0G 0A
K. Kapanen, RW 26G 27A
A. Kerfoot, RW 22G 28A
Y. Korshkov, RW 2G 7A
I. Mikheyev. R.W. 22G 15A

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 22G 55A
J. Schmaltz, D 0G 0A
J. Muzzin, D 8G 17A
K. Gravel, D 0G 0A
B. Harpur, D 0G 4A
J. Holl, D 7G 8A
M. Marincin, D 2G 4A
T. Dermott, D 10G 12A
C. Ceci, D 12G 25A
T. Barrie, D 18G 48A



The Goalies:
. Andersen, G 48W 2OTL 15L 2.80GAA, .920SP, 4 SO
M. Hutchinson, G 10 W, 1OTL 6L 2.94 GAA, .914 SP. 1SO
K. Kaskisuo, G nada


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Sharks

Most surprising team: New York Rangers
Most disappointing team: Buffalo Sabres

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: Matthews
Norris Winner: Hedman
Calder Winner: Hughes
Vezina Winner: Vasilevskiy
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Avalanche
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist:Leafs
Stanley Cup Winner:Leafs
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner:Matthews
Roadrunner75
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: ON
Joined: 03.01.2013

Sep 26 @ 8:10 PM ET

The Leafs will finish: 2nd Atlantic 3rd overall

The main reason for this is: Killer offence

The biggest surprise will be: Sandin just sticks and kills it on defence

The biggest disappointment will be: Captain Underpants gets injured underperforms

The unsung hero will be: Sandin who stabilizes the defence

The goat will be: Johnsson

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Goat because he is Goat

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Babcock cause he will get us wins

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Locking up the core and getting it done.

If I was GM, I would have: Gotten a better backup

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: We need a better backup or we burn out Andersen again

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C
F. Gauthier, C
J. Spezza, C
J. Tavares, C

Z. Hyman, LW
A. Johnsson, LW
D. Korshkov LW
M. Mikhaeyev, LW

M. Marner, RW
T. Moore, RW
W. Nylander, RW
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW
A. Kerfoot, RW


The Defence:

M. Rielly, D
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D
Sandin, D
M. Marincin, D
T. Dermott, D
C. Ceci, D
T. Barrie, D



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G
M. Hutchinson, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa Bay Lightning
Western Conference Winners: Nashville Predators

Most surprising team: Philadelphia Flyers
Most disappointing team: Arizona Coyotees

Art Ross Winner:
Hart Winner:
Norris Winner:
Calder Winner: DON'T CARE UNLESS IT IS A LEAFS PLAYER!!
Vezina Winner:
Richard Winner:

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Nashville Predators
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Toronto Maple Leafs
Stanley Cup Winner: Toronto Maple Leafs
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Freddy Andersen
mykokes
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: RELEASE THE LATVIAN!, ON
Joined: 11.09.2009

Sep 26 @ 8:25 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd Atlantic, 3rd overall

The main reason for this is: improved defense, special teams and depth

The biggest surprise will be: sandin in the running for the calder

The biggest disappointment will be: our backup goalies, and yes i mean goalies

The unsung hero will be: jake muzzin

The goat will be: spezza

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): dermott, hes not a top 4...maybe one day

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci, life on a loaded leafs team stops him from trying to do too much, and he stops looking like an idiot as such

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was:
the deal for barrie and kerfoot

If I was GM, I would have: let ceci go to arbitration, and walked away from the awarded salary.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: The defense will shock the poop out of people....especially when sandin works his way into the top 4

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 54G, 55A
J. Tavares, C 43G - 46A
A. Kerfoot, C 19G - 26A
J. Spezza, C 5G = 5A

A. Johnsson, LW 22G, 33A
Z. Hyman, LW 16G, 26A
D. Kapanen, LW 24G, 29A
T. Moore, LW, 10G, 15A

W. Nylander RW 25G, 47A
M. Marner, RW, 31G, 70A
W. Mikheyev, RW 12G, 18A
F. Gauthier, RW 2G, 9A

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 22G, 51A
C. Ceci, D 5G, 16A
J. Muzzin, D 8G, 24A
T. Barrie, D 14G 47A
R. Sandin D 7G 24A
T. Dermott, D 4G, 15A
M. Marincin, D 0G, 6A


The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G, 45-14-4, .922
M. Hutchinson G, (or backup) 10-7-2 .903



The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Calgary

Most surprising team: New Jersey
Most disappointing team: St. Louis

Art Ross Winner: Mcdavid
Hart Winner: Matthews
Norris Winner: hedman
Calder Winner: hughes
Vezina Winner: vasilevsky
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: calgary
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Toronto
Stanley Cup Winner: Toronto
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: marner/quote]
BorjeFan4Ever
Location: not the BigSmoke anymore
Joined: 10.29.2007

Sep 26 @ 11:40 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: either in third behind Tampa and Boston or in a wild card spot.

The main reason for this is: slow start, missing Hyman and Dermott, level of change to the roster

The biggest surprise will be: Mikheyev, could steal the RW spot occupied by Nylander, if Nylander continues to play on the periphery all year.

The biggest disappointment will be: Kerfoot and Nylander. Kerfoot may turn into a useful winger but will prove a problem at center ice.

The unsung hero will be: Andersen & Muzzin

The goat will be: Spezza & Nylander

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Kerfoot, peripheral player with speed. May get packaged with Dermott for an upgrade on defense if Sandin proves to be the real deal.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci, won’t be stellar but won’t be a disaster playing on a better team.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Trade with Colorado – unfortunately Kerfoot ends up being a bit of bust

If I was GM, I would have:
Dealt Johnsson and Dermott to Buffalo for Ristolainen,
Ceci and Petan to WPG for Lowry and 2nd round pick, Timashov to Pittsburgh for Jarry G

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs:

Nylander is a peripheral player, Kerfoot will be a constant reminder to the fan base of how much they miss Kadri.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 53G, 37A
J. Tavares, C 44G 48A
A. Kerfoot, C 11G, 21A
F. Gauthier, C 6G, 19A

Z. Hyman, LW
A. Johnsson, LW 21G 28A
T. Moore, LW 12G 23A
W. Mikheyev RW/LW 18G 27A

D. Timashov, LW Marlies
M. Marchment, LW Marlies

M. Marner, RW 26G, 77A
W. Nylander, RW 21G 34A
K. Kapanen, RW 19G 28A
J. Spezza, C 7G 17A

N. Petan, RW Marlies
M. Read, RW no contract
Y. Korshkov, RW Marlies
J. Bracco, RW Marlies

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 17G, 49A
C. Ceci, D 5G, 18A
J. Muzzin, D 8G, 21A
T. Barrie, D 14G 33A
R. Sandin D 4G 26A
T. Dermott, D 5G, 19A
M. Marincin, D 0G, 6A -27
J. Schmaltz, D 2G 7A
B. Harpur, D 0G 4A


The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G, 45-12-5, .925
M. Hutchinson and other waiver claim G, 9-8-3 .903

The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Dallas

Most surprising team: Carolina
Most disappointing team: Vancouver

Art Ross Winner: McJesus
Hart Winner: McJesus
Norris Winner: Hedman
Calder Winner: Kakko or Sandin
Vezina Winner: Bobrobsky
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Dallas
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Dallas
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Benn

senstroll
Location: Sens Suck, ON
Joined: 02.22.2008

Sep 27 @ 9:55 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 1st in the League

The main reason for this is: Look at that top 6

The biggest surprise will be: Sandin

The biggest disappointment will be: no idea

The unsung hero will be: Muzzin

The goat will be: Goat

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Goat?

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Nylander

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Barrie

If I was GM, I would have: no idea

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They will win the cup

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C - 48g 48a
F. Gauthier, C 4g 7a
J. Spezza, C 7g 23a
J. Tavares, C 42g 47a

Z. Hyman, LW 17g 21a
A. Johnsson, LW 22g 20a
D. Timashov, LW 1g 3a
M. Marchment, LW 3g 7a

M. Marner, RW 29g 64a
J. Bracco, RW 0g 2a
T. Moore, RW 5g 5a
W. Nylander, RW 27g 53a
N. Petan, RW 11g 11a
M. Read, RW 0.0
K. Kapanen, RW 26g 24a
A. Kerfoot, RW 17g 23a
Y. Korshkov, RW 4g 5a


The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 13g 47a
J. Schmaltz, D 2g 5a
J. Muzzin, D 8g 32a
K. Gravel, D 0.0
B. Harpur, D 0.0
J. Holl, D 0.0
M. Marincin, D 1g 2a
T. Dermott, D 4g 21a
C. Ceci, D 8g 31a
T. Barrie, D 7g 41a



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G
M. Hutchinson, G
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Toronto
Western Conference Winners: VGK

Most surprising team: Carolina
Most disappointing team:Jets

Art Ross Winner:Mcdavid
Hart Winner: Mcdavid
Norris Winner: Karlsson
Calder Winner: Kakko
Vezina Winner: Andersen
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist:Calgary
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist:Toronto
Stanley Cup Winner:Toronto
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner:Matthews
prock
Vegas Golden Knights
Location: Bobby Ryan + 1st rounder for Clarkson, ON
Joined: 08.30.2007

Sep 27 @ 10:12 AM ET

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): I wouldn’t say this guy sucks but he’s overrated and that’s Liljegren...he hasn’t really gotten much better in the past 2 years other than his defensive game.

- Santo_44


And... that defensive game doesn't matter? Sort of important, don't you think?

I would rather have him improving his defensive game, than his offensive game. If he turns into a dependable two way dman that scores 30 points, I'll consider that a huge success and filling a big need for the Leafs.
PatC80
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: I would never let my children play hockey. The risk of getting drafted by Edmonton is too high", ON
Joined: 08.11.2011

Sep 27 @ 10:55 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the Atlantic with 108 points

The main reason for this is: Frikin Tampa Bay

The biggest surprise will be: Alex Kerfoot, he'll get 50 points

The biggest disappointment will be: Marincin, I'm always disappointed in him

The unsung hero will be: Jake Muzzin

The goat will be: Marincin

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Spezza, his age finally catches up to him

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Gauthier, he will be our top PK'er this year and will improve on faceoffs.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: The Kerfoot/Barrie for Kadri trade

If I was GM, I would have: Not given so much money to Marner

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: 4 Leafs will be on the All-Star Team. Matthews/Tavares/Marner and Andersen

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 50 G 37 A = 87 points
F. Gauthier, C 12G 14 A = 26 points
J. Spezza, C 11 G 19 A = 30 points
J. Tavares, C 45 G 45 A = 90 points
N. Shore, C 2 G 8 A = 10 points

Z. Hyman, LW 18 G 27 A =45 points
A. Johnsson, LW 25 G 29 A = 54 points
D. Timashov, LW 8 G 5A = 13 points
M. Marchment, LW 0 G 0 A = 0 points
K Agostino, LW 0 G 0 A = 0 points

M. Marner, RW 28 G 65 A = 93 points
J. Bracco, RW 0 G 0A = 0 points
T. Moore, RW 19 G 22 A = 41 points
W. Nylander, RW 26 G 49 A = 75 points
N. Petan, RW 4 G 8 A = 12 points
M. Read, RW 3 G 7 A = 10 points
K. Kapanen, RW 25 G 25 A = 50 points
A. Kerfoot, RW 20 G 30 A = 50 points
Y. Korshkov, RW 4 G 14 A = 18 points
I. Mikheyev, RW 12 G 19 A = 31 points

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 18 G 45 A = 63 points
J. Schmaltz, D 0 G 7 A = 7 points
J. Muzzin, D 9 G 22 A = 31 points
K. Gravel, D 0 G 0 A = 0 points
B. Harpur, D 1 G 5 A = 6 points
J. Holl, D 2 G 9 A = 11 points
M. Marincin, D 1 G 4 A = 5 points
T. Dermott, D 4 G 22 A = 26 points
C. Ceci, D 5 G 18 A = 23 points
T. Barrie, D 12 G 41 A = 53 points
T. Kivihalme, D 0 G 0 A= 0 points
R. Sandin, D 6 G 19 A = 25 points
T. Liljegren 0 G 3 A = 3 points



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 40 wins 2.74 GAA .919 Save %
M. Hutchinson, G 8 wins 2.81 GAA .908 Save %
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Nashville

Most surprising team: Vancouver
Most disappointing team: Buffalo

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: McDavid
Norris Winner: Brent Burns
Calder Winner: Jack Hughes
Vezina Winner: Vasilievsky
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Dallas
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Toronto
Stanley Cup Winner: Toronto
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Matthews
Tumbleweed
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: El Capto!
Joined: 03.14.2014

Sep 27 @ 12:33 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the Atlantic

The main reason for this is: Sens suck ass

The biggest surprise will be: Matthews sporting his Ron Jeremy mustache pulling his cock out after scoring four goals and stroking it.

The biggest disappointment will be: Matthews sporting his Ron Jeremy mustache pulling his cock out after scoring four goals and stroking it.

The unsung hero will be: Rielly

The goat will be: (frank)ed by spatso. or matthews and marner if they don't live up to those 11m deals.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): the Goat. he's a poopty 4C, not physical and loses to many face-offs clean.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Nylander. somehow under rated for his talent.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Dumping kadri. he has 1-2 good years left.

If I was GM, I would have: traded matthews for laine.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: Suck it Dreger. Leafs will crush it this year, but it's Tampa's year.

Bonus, suck it all. Captain: Johan Tavares. Marner and Matthews need to grow up.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C Possible: 46g, 41a; Likely: 34g and 30a after separating his shoulder trying to pick up his pants from around his ankles.
F. Gauthier, C 2g, 8a
J. Spezza, C 5g, 14a
J. Tavares, C 51g, 44a
N. Shore, C 3g, 9a

Z. Hyman, LW 13g, 15a
A. Johnsson, LW 20g, 26a
D. Timashov, LW 6g, 3a
M. Marchment, LW marlies
K Agostino, LW marlies

M. Marner, RW 21g, 62a
J. Bracco, RW marlies
T. Moore, RW 6g, 11a
W. Nylander, RW 28g, 45a
N. Petan, RW marlies
M. Read, RW marlies
K. Kapanen, RW 22g, 27a
A. Kerfoot, RW 15g, 22a
Y. Korshkov, RW 2g, 1a
I. Mikheyev, RW 14g, 16a

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 13g, 40a
J. Schmaltz, D marlies
J. Muzzin, D 7g, 26a
K. Gravel, D marlies
B. Harpur, D marlies
J. Holl, D 0g, 1a
M. Marincin, D 1g, 5a
T. Dermott, D 3g, 12a
C. Ceci, D 5g, 21a
T. Barrie, D 12g, 33a
T. Kivihalme, D marlies
R. Sandin, D 4g, 17a
T. Liljegren 1g, 5a



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 86 games
M. Hutchinson, G loses babcock's confidence before game 10
K. Kaskisuo, G omg. this is our 3rd option?????


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Vegas

Most surprising team: Edmonton Oil....lolololol. Coyotes.
Most disappointing team: Bruins. borderline playoff team.

Art Ross Winner: mcdavid
Hart Winner: mcdavid (can you win the hart on a non-playoff team?)
Norris Winner: hedman
Calder Winner:hughes
Vezina Winner: price
Richard Winner: tavares

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Nashville
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Kucherov
UsernameUnknown
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Gotta' Catch Em All!
Joined: 03.25.2013

Sep 27 @ 7:01 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 4th overall.

The main reason for this is: There will be three teams with more points at the end of the season.

The biggest surprise will be: Beating Boston in a game 7.

The biggest disappointment will be: Spezza

The unsung hero will be: A Kerfoot/Mikheyev duo having a strong, silent season, doing well on both ends of the ice.

The goat will be: Playing well in a limited 4th line/PK role. He comes in second place on my unsung hero list.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Marincin? Nobody thinks he's good, (I should hope) but the people who think he's even remotely close to an NHL calibre player is overrating him. Spezza? He may be done.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci. I think he'll be fine.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: The Johnsson/Kap deals.

If I was GM, I would have: Not bothered with Spezza. I liked the move at first, but his entire camp has been awful. He's toast. PROVE ME WRONG, JASON.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: Stay calm and stay the course. We aren't there yet, but we will be.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 48G - 39A - 87P
F. Gauthier, C 4G - 7A - 11P
J. Spezza, C 5G - 8A - 13P
J. Tavares, C 40G - 35A - 75P
A. Kerfoot, C 15G - 22A - 37P

Z. Hyman, LW 12G - 21A - 33P
A. Johnsson, LW 23G - 30A - 53P
D. Timashov, LW 1 point? Claimed on waivers..? I don't honestly care.
M. Marchment, LW Marlies
M. Mikheyev, LW 10G - 20A - 30P

M. Marner, RW 25G - 69A - 93P
J. Bracco, RW 10P in 20 games played later this year.
T. Moore, RW 7G - 18A- 25P
W. Nylander, RW 29G - 35A- 64P
N. Petan, RW 3G- 6A -9P
M. Read, RW De nada
K. Kapanen, RW 17G - 28A - 45P
Y. Korshkov, RW 2 points

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 13G - 44A - 57P
J. Schmaltz, D 1G - 5A - 6P
J. Muzzin, D 7G - 22A - 29P
K. Gravel, D Will never see a game
B. Harpur, D Will never see a game
J. Holl, D 3P
M. Marincin, D 4P (probably by accident)
T. Dermott, D 5G - 16A - 21P
C. Ceci, D 4G - 13A - 17P
T. Barrie, D 14G - 42A - 56P
R. Sandin, D 6G - 22A - 28P



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 42W - 2.62GAA - .918SV%
M. Hutchinson, G 7W - 2.75GAA - .911SV%
K. Kaskisuo, G All we can do is pray he never sees an NHL game as a Leaf


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Vegas

Most surprising team: Colorado
Most disappointing team: Florida

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: Mackinnon
Norris Winner: Jones
Calder Winner: Hughes or Makar
Vezina Winner: Binnington
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Vegas
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Hedman

Bonus funsies:
Colorado makes it to the WCF.
Sandin comes 3rd in Calder votes
Kadri will try to fight Moore
Leafs finish 2nd overall on the PP and 6th on the PK.

Zezel
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Cap Valley Of Jehoshaphat, ON
Joined: 02.28.2011

Sep 27 @ 7:16 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 1st overall

The main reason for this is: Biggest goal differential

The biggest surprise will be: The Goat

The biggest disappointment will be: The Parade

The unsung hero will be: Ceci

The goat will be: The biggest surprise.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): NA

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Nylander, because he's my boyfriend.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Getting everyone signed under the cap while improving the D.

If I was GM, I would have: Hired Marleau to babysit Matthews in the summer

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They'd win the Stanley mother(frank)in' Cup, brother.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 55-45-100
F. Gauthier, C 10-17-27
J. Spezza, C 15-20-35
J. Tavares, C 40-40-80
N. Shore, C

Z. Hyman, LW 15-20-35
A. Johnsson, LW 20-30-50
D. Timashov, LW 9-19-27
M. Marchment, LW
K Agostino, LW

M. Marner, RW 30-60-90
J. Bracco, RW 15-17-27
T. Moore, RW 10-20-30
W. Nylander, RW 30-52-82
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW 20-35-55
A. Kerfoot, RW 17-25-37
Y. Korshkov, RW
I. Mikheyev, RW 17-35-47

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 20-55-75
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D 10-30-40
K. Gravel, D
B. Harpur, D
J. Holl, D
M. Marincin, D
T. Dermott, D 5-20-25
C. Ceci, D 7-25-32
T. Barrie, D 10-50-60
T. Kivihalme, D
R. Sandin, D 9-32-41
T. Liljegren



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G .918
M. Hutchinson, G .910
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Leafs
Western Conference Winners: Nashville
Most surprising team: Florida
Most disappointing team: Habs

Art Ross Winner: McKinnon
Hart Winner: McKinnon
Norris Winner: Rielly
Calder Winner: Ba
Vezina Winner: Pekka Rinne
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Jets
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Leafs
Stanley Cup Winner: Leafs
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Nylander
UsernameUnknown
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Gotta' Catch Em All!
Joined: 03.25.2013

Sep 27 @ 7:27 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 1st overall

The main reason for this is: Biggest goal differential

The biggest surprise will be: The Goat

The biggest disappointment will be: The Parade

The unsung hero will be: Ceci

The goat will be: The biggest surprise.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): NA

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Nylander, because he's my boyfriend.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Getting everyone signed under the cap while improving the D.

If I was GM, I would have: Hired Marleau to babysit Matthews in the summer

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They'd win the Stanley mother(frank)in' Cup, brother.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 55-45-100
F. Gauthier, C 10-17-27
J. Spezza, C 15-20-35
J. Tavares, C 40-40-80
N. Shore, C

Z. Hyman, LW 15-20-35
A. Johnsson, LW 20-30-50
D. Timashov, LW 9-19-27
M. Marchment, LW
K Agostino, LW

M. Marner, RW 30-60-90
J. Bracco, RW 15-17-27
T. Moore, RW 10-20-30
W. Nylander, RW 30-52-82
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW 20-35-55
A. Kerfoot, RW 17-25-42
Y. Korshkov, RW
I. Mikheyev, RW 17-35-42

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 20-55-75
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D 10-30-40
K. Gravel, D
B. Harpur, D
J. Holl, D
M. Marincin, D
T. Dermott, D 5-20-25
C. Ceci, D 7-25-32
T. Barrie, D 10-50-60
T. Kivihalme, D
R. Sandin, D 10-30-40
T. Liljegren



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G .918
M. Hutchinson, G .910
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Leafs
Western Conference Winners: Nashville
Most surprising team: Florida
Most disappointing team: Habs

Art Ross Winner: McKinnon
Hart Winner: McKinnon
Norris Winner: Rielly
Calder Winner: Ba
Vezina Winner: Pekka Rinne
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Jets
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Leafs
Stanley Cup Winner: Leafs
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Nylander

- Zezel


Leafy
Atomic Wedgie
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: At the centre of the hockey universe.
Joined: 07.31.2006

Sep 30 @ 10:03 AM ET
The Leafs will finish:

3rd in the division. Tampa will lap the field, and I think it will be closer with Boston this year. Coin flip between Boston and Toronto for 2nd, but 50 years of Leafyness has made me a tad pessimistic. Both teams right around 100 points, as the entire division will be better this year - not as many free points.

The main reason for this is: defence is better. Melander will hopefully find his form again. But the Atlantic is stacked this year - Montreal, Buffalo and Florida will all be better.

The biggest surprise will be: I don't know - that's what will make it a surprise! OK, OK, it will be that we won't miss Hyman. The next guy up can fill that role.

The biggest disappointment will be: Spezza. I don't think he has anything left to give.

The unsung hero will be: Johnsson. He'll be the best player per dollar on the team.

The goat will be: Ceci. Yeah, I really wish this wasn't the case. But there you have it.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): OK, bare with me here, but I'm going to put Sandin. I don't think he sucks, but I am terribly worried that Leafs Nation will anoint him the next Lidstrom, and then turn on him when he struggles. So I'm getting this out early - he's not nearly as good as fan boys are making him out to be right now. Let's keep it realistic. This has been a public service message by Atomic Wedgie.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Hutchinson. He'll be fine - Leafs fans put too much importance on the quality of backup goalie. FFS, he'll be fine.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: getting Colorado to eat salary on Barrie. That's a franking game-changer.

If I was GM, I would have: front-loaded Ceci's contract, making him tradeable. If he sucks, he sucks with us for the entire season.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: perhaps the best Leafs team of my lifetime, but Tampa Bay may be the best NHL team of the last 30-40 years. Bad timing.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C: this is the year where he steps up and lets the league know he's the second best player in the league. 50 goals.

F. Gauthier, C: FFS, can you just learn to use your body? It's like watching Joe Colborne all over again. I really have no expectations for this guy this year.

J. Spezza, C: nope. I loved this signing for a couple of weeks, before it dawned on me that we weren't getting 2006 Jason Spezza. He may get Marlie'd.

J. Tavares, C: 50 goals is possible, as I'm assuming he'll get a little more ice time. I'm also guessing he gets the C.

N. Shore, C: say hi to Duke the Dog for me.

Z. Hyman, LW: Leafs Nation over-rates this guy. So does Babcock, unfortunately. I get that Babs wants a grinder to go with two elite players, but you could get just about anybody to do that. My prediction is he will be terrible when he gets back (not his fault, but injuries are a female dog when you miss training camp). Sorry, but he'll be in my dog house.

A. Johnsson, LW: Dubas may have overpaid on Marner, but this is a good contract. This kid plays much bigger than his 5'10" frame. I think he continues to improve this year, and Wedgie says nice things about him after games.

D. Timashov, LW: I don't really have a lot to judge this guy on, so let's just say I think he will be meh, should he make the big club and stick.


M. Marchment, LW: let's talk about him next year, because he isn't relevant this year.

K Agostino, LW: He's a good example of how Dubas' strategy of picking up guys for the fourth line while paying peanuts may work. But I don't think he plays for the Leafs unless there are injuries.

M. Marner, RW: He looked pretty damn good in the pre-season. He's overpaid by $1 million, but Leafs Nation needs to get over it and just enjoy him for what he does. matching last year's points totals sounds about right.

J. Bracco, RW: Classic case of not good enough for top 6, not gritty enough for bottom 6. Will only get a sniff if there are major injuries. For his sake, I hope they trade him to a team with less forward depth, so he gets a chance. But the S.S. Leafs has already sailed, and Bracco has been left on the dock.

T. Moore, RW: I hope he can help on the PK, but I don't see him in the top 9 once Hyman gets back.

W. Nylander, RW: As much as I want to continue to rip on this greedy bastard, I must put my personal feelings aside and focus on what's best for Leafs Nation - getting Nylander to use his shot more, so that Matthews ultimately gets more goals (as goalie won't know who to cover). He's going to be better than last year - he'd better be! I'm going to say less than a PPG, but still good enough numbers that trolls can't say he's overpaid.

N. Petan, RW: I thought he looked good in pre-season, but Babs disagreed. May see some Leafy time this year, but he's not a game-changer.

M. Read, RW: I hope you enjoy the Marlies.

K. Kapanen, RW: he's a shocking stat: he's 3 inches taller than Johnsson. That really surprised me when I found that out - he certainly doesn't play bigger than Johnsson. Leafs fans have over-rated this guy, but for the money he's making (peanuts), I'm fine with him. 50 points is his ceiling, and I don't think he will get there. But so much depends on who he gets to play with. His speed is fun, but he needs to get his nose dirty - and I don't think he's capable.

A. Kerfoot, RW: Still an enigma to me. I didn't watch him too closely in pre-season, but he didn't really stand out. I"m a little scared he may turn out to be a bad contract, although at $3.5 million cap hit, we can always get rid of him. He has 20 games to make me like him - after that, I'm drinking pure Haterade.

Y. Korshkov, RW: Oh FFS, why did we take this guy in the 2nd round?

I. Mikheyev, RW: will probably stick with the big club since he is waiver-exempt. If he can bang the bodies on the boards, Babs may fall in love with him. 30 point ceiling. Prove me wrong.

The Defence:


M. Rielly, D: Forgive me, I'm a Leafs fan. I'm psychologically damaged. So I"m predicting a bit of a drop off from last year, where he was top 10 defencemen in the league. This prediction is based upon nothing but a horrible feeling in my gut, which may be nothing more than me staying up last night and drinking beer while watching football. But there you have it: he'll regress this year a little in both numbers and overall play. Gawd, I hate being a Leafs fan.


J. Schmaltz, D: Who?

J. Muzzin, D: I'm not nearly as sold on this guy as the rest of youse guys are. Do I think he's good? Yes. Do I think he was worth a 1st rounder? Nope. So my initial thought is I hope we don't sign him past this year, because that will quickly become an albatross of a contract. I still don't think the Leafs have a D-corp to be truly an elite team, and I think Muzzin is a big part of that problem.

K. Gravel, D: Who?

B. Harpur, D: Why?


J. Holl, D: Sorry, but your time has run out. He won't get a chance with the Leafs. I hope he gets claimed elsewhere and gets a chance.

M. Marincin, D: Why the frank is he still here?


T. Dermott, D: Another guy who Leafs Nation over-rates. I'm going to cut him some slack - he was franking terrible in the playoffs, but that was not his fault - he was clearly still injured. But is he really going to be able to come back from injury in December and be good? I doubt it. I think he's going to be the 6th-7th guy this year.

C. Ceci, D: I predict he is going to suck. What more do you need here?


T. Barrie, D: Another guy who I know almost nothing about, so let's just hope he can give us all the Gardiner we gave up, with a little less of the Gardinurrr we shipped out. I predict that his point totals will be high, but that will give people a false sense of how good the guy is.

T. Kivihalme, D: I couldn't pick him out of a police lineup.

R. Sandin, D: Please, for the love of God, let's not go all crazy on this kid, calling him the next Lidstrom - pretty please? I know how this works here in Leafstown - praise the hell out of him, then let that pendulum swing and call him a bust - which we can do before Christmas. I think he's going to run hot and cold. I think he's nothing more than a 3rd pairing. I think he has a bright future, but for frank's sakes - let's keep it real. At least until November 1st.

T. Liljegren: I'm really hoping he has a great 2020 training camp.



The Goalies:


F. Andersen, G: I have to be careful here, because my daughter loves him, and she can beat me up. I don't think he's top 10 in the league. I think he is next tier. I think he's good enough to get us to a conference finals, and then we roll the dice. But he lets in too many weak ones.

M. Hutchinson, G: "Hutch is clutch!" I'm hoping I say that more than "Hutch? Not so much!" this year. I think he's good enough to be our backup this year.

K. Kaskisuo, G: Career minor-leaguer.


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa Bay. By at least 10 points.
Western Conference Winners: Nashville

Most surprising team: Buffalo
Most disappointing team: St. Louis

Art Ross Winner: Kucherov. Yeah, I know it's a boring pick, but he won by 12 points last year - and I think Tampa will be just as good.
Hart Winner: McDavid should win this, but his team is going to suck soooooo bad. I'm going to say Stamkos
Norris Winner: Giordano
Calder Winner: The 1st overall pick guy in New Jersey
Vezina Winner: Price
Richard Winner: Matthews (if healthy!)

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: San Jose (what the hell)
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Stamkos
lumlums
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: "Adding veteran blueliner Dan Girardi… that is a good move" - MiB, AB
Joined: 06.25.2011

Sep 30 @ 10:29 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in Atlantic, 2nd in East

The main reason for this is: Tampa bay will be juggernauts again

The biggest surprise will be: Sandin. He'll be even better than we think even at this moment.

The biggest disappointment will be: Barrie. He'll be fine, but I don't think he'll crack 50 points

The unsung hero will be: Trevor Goddamn Moore

The goat will be: Mitch.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Mikhayev (lack of finish) - I think he'll be fine in his role, but will get more love than he deserves

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci (No longer dragging around other poopty sens D for 20+ mins a night).

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Not panic.

If I was GM, I would have: Done almost everything the same, but probably signed Marner before last season if possible.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: Willie is going to hit at least 70-75 points

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C
F. Gauthier, C
J. Spezza, C
J. Tavares, C
N. Shore, C

Z. Hyman, LW
A. Johnsson, LW
D. Timashov, LW
M. Marchment, LW
K Agostino, LW

M. Marner, RW
J. Bracco, RW
T. Moore, RW
W. Nylander, RW
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW
A. Kerfoot, RW
Y. Korshkov, RW
I. Mikheyev, RW

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D
K. Gravel, D
B. Harpur, D
J. Holl, D
M. Marincin, D
T. Dermott, D
C. Ceci, D
T. Barrie, D
T. Kivihalme, D
R. Sandin, D
T. Liljegren



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G
M. Hutchinson, G
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: San Jose

Most surprising team: Montreal (last year was not a fluke)
Most disappointing team: Pittsburgh (Crosby injured and super poopty D)

Art Ross Winner: McJesus
Hart Winner: Kucherov
Norris Winner: Captain Morgan
Calder Winner: J'accuse
Vezina Winner: Price
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: San Jose
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Toronto
Stanley Cup Winner: Toronto
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Willie
kaptaan
Vancouver Canucks
Location: shart on winsix, CA
Joined: 09.29.2010

Sep 30 @ 10:59 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 3rd Atlantic, 8th overall

The main reason for this is: forwards are strong and Nylander bounces back, improved defense. Other teams improve in other divisions.

The biggest surprise will be: Ceci isn't as bad as people fear

The biggest disappointment will be: Kerfoot. Kadri will rock in Denver.

The unsung hero will be: Andersen. Guy gets no respect despite keeping the leaf in games.

The goat will be: Andersen because the fanbase is bipolar. Half the people think this guy is good, but the other half thinks he sucks because they don't know what team defense is.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Barrie, he will be good on offense and a defensive liability

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci. He was asked to do too much and couldn't live up to the hype. Lowered expectations and playing a simpler game will do wonders.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: not trading Nylander.

If I was GM, I would have: Let Marner sit until Xmas or later.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They will be good entertainment in the regular season, fighting for the President's Trophy as regular season champions.

Player Predictions
The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 41G, 37A
J. Tavares, C 40G - 31A
A. Kerfoot, C 13G - 21A
J. Spezza, C 9G - 28A

A. Johnsson, LW 16G, 32A
Z. Hyman, LW 8G, 23A
D. Kapanen, LW 19G, 29A
T. Moore, LW, 4G, 15A

W. Nylander RW 29G, 43A
M. Marner, RW, 27G, 58A
W. Mikheyev, RW 4G, 11A
F. Gauthier, RW 3G, 6A

The Defence:
M. Rielly, D 15G 51A
C. Ceci, D 3G, 26A
J. Muzzin, D 4G, 21A
T. Barrie, D 18G 44A
T. Dermott, D 2G, 13A
M. Marincin, D 0G, 3A

The Goalies:
F. Andersen, G, 39-13-4, .915
M. Hutchinson G, (or backup) 11-14-1 .907

The League:
President's Trophy Champions: Tampa
Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: St. Louis

Most surprising team: Nux
Most disappointing team: Oilers

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: McDavid
Norris Winner: Karlsson
Calder Winner: Hughes
Vezina Winner: Gibson
Richard Winner: Ovechkin

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Colorado
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Point
Monkeypunk
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Whenever, wherever, ON
Joined: 06.27.2013

Sep 30 @ 1:04 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the Atlantic, 3rd in the East

The main reason for this is: Great offense; young stars entering their prime years, and offense from the defense

The biggest surprise will be: Cody Ceci will be decent in his role beside Rielly; Nylander will post more than 70pts.

The biggest disappointment will be: Tyson Barrie, while good, will be the goat on more nights than he's the hero; Spezza will look old; Kerfoot will struggle for a couple of months

The unsung hero will be: Moore

The goat will be: Ceci; regardless of how he plays, I think people's minds are pretty set about him

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Spezza because of time. Or realistically - Kapanen because he is a very one-dimensional player.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Gauthier. Don't get me wrong. He sucks, but if he isused in a proper manner with a clear role, he can be effective.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Keeping everyone together and upgrading the D while staying under the cap.

If I was GM, I would have: Not done as well of a job. I'd have been inclined to set a line in the sand for Marner at $9.8m.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They are a very good team. One of the top 4 teams in hockey. But they are also in the same division as Tampa and Boston, who also in the top 4 teams in hockey.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 77GP - 49G - 45A
F. Gauthier, C 75GP - 3G - 13A
J. Spezza, C 70GP - 8G - 18A
J. Tavares, C 82GP - 40G - 42A

Z. Hyman, LW 65GP - 15G - 17A
A. Johnsson, LW 80GP - 24G - 27A
D. Timashov, LW 6GP - 0G - 1A
M. Marchment, LW n/a

M. Marner, RW 82GP - 30G - 62A
J. Bracco, RW n/a
T. Moore, RW 82GP - 8G - 23A
W. Nylander, RW 82GP - 18G - 52A
N. Petan, RW 10GP - 2G - 0A
M. Read, RW n/a
K. Kapanen, RW 82GP - 22G - 26A
A. Kerfoot, RW 78GP - 15G - 30A
Y. Korshkov, RW n/a
I. Mikheyev, LW 75GP - 15G - 25A
N. Shore, RW 27GP - 1G - 6A

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 82GP - 15G - 47A
J. Schmaltz, D 16GP - 1G - 4A
J. Muzzin, D 75GP - 10G - 40A
K. Gravel, D n/a
B. Harpur, D n/a
J. Holl, D n/a
M. Marincin, D 25GP - 1G - 6A
T. Dermott, D 65GP - 4G - 15A
C. Ceci, D 78GP - 8G - 25A
T. Barrie, D 82GP - 13G - 43A
R. Sandin, D 80GP - 4G - 25A

The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 58GP - 38W - .918Svp
M. Hutchinson, G 24GP - 13W - .908Svp

The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa Bay
Western Conference Winners: Vegas

Most surprising team: Does Florida count? Does Jersey? If so, that's my pick. I've seen Buffalo picked for a bottom 5 finish, but I think they're significantly better. They won't make the playoffs, and probably aren't quite at the "challenge for a wildcard" yet, but they'll be in the top 20 teams.

Most disappointing team: I'm going to guess Pittsburgh may actually miss the playoffs, or just eke their way in.

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: MacKinnon
Norris Winner: Burns
Calder Winner: J. Hughes
Vezina Winner: Bobrovsky
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Nashville
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa Bay
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa Bay
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Kucherov

. . . I hope I'm wrong about Tampa, but I think after last year, this year they'll have something to prove.
leafsfann
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Joined: 05.11.2014

Sep 30 @ 11:11 PM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the division and conference.

The main reason for this is: October Freddy. Matthews missing 10-15 games.

The biggest surprise will be: Ceci will be the best defensive partner Reilly has had.

The biggest disappointment will be: facing Boston in the first round again.

The unsung hero will be: Mikheyev, just so we can't afford him next year.

The goat will be: still on the 4th line and unable to skate.

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Kappy. I haven't seen so many breakaways with no goals since Grabner.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Marincin. Watch him be a rock on the bottom pair with Sandin.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Kadri for Barrie and Kerfoot.

If I was GM, I would have: let Nylander sit out last year. Bet Matthews and Marner would have signed for less after seeing Kyle means business.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: they're going to lead the league in his for.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C - 39 goals, 75 points
F. Gauthier, C - less than 10 points
J. Spezza, C - 7g, 25a
J. Tavares, C - 50 goals, 100 points
N. Shore, C - ahl

Z. Hyman, LW -15g, 25a
A. Johnsson, LW -20g, 15a
D. Timashov, LW - new Leivo. Less than 10 games played.
M. Marchment, LW - ahl
K Agostino, LW - ahl

M. Marner, RW - 20g, 70a
J. Bracco, RW - ahl
T. Moore, RW - 12g, 23a
W. Nylander, RW - 18g, 57a
N. Petan, RW - claimed off waivers
M. Read, RW - 6g, 13a - after someone gets claimed
K. Kapanen, RW - 15g, 25a
A. Kerfoot, RW - 12g, 25a
Y. Korshkov, RW - ahl until TDL. 20 pts post + playoffs
I. Mikheyev, RW 20g, 12a

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D - 50 points baby! 15/35
J. Schmaltz, D - ahl
J. Muzzin, D - leads the team in body checks. 7g, 20a
K. Gravel, D - ahl
B. Harpur, D - echl
J. Holl, D - claimed on waivers, salary reasons.
M. Marincin, D 65gp. Under 10pts
T. Dermott, D - takes a step back because of injury. 60gp
C. Ceci, D - plus player for the first time ever. 15pts
T. Barrie, D - 50 points baby!
T. Kivihalme, D - ahl
R. Sandin, D - gets his 9 games and goes back down.
T. Liljegren - we call him Lilybust for a reason. Future Marincin.



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 67gp. 45 wins. Fizzles out in the playoffs.
M. Hutchinson, G - only plays back to backs. Gets a few more starts due to injury to Freddy.
K. Kaskisuo, G - goes back to Europe after this season.


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Leafs! I wish. It'll probably be Tampa.
Western Conference Winners: Avs

Most surprising team: Rangers. They get in the mix for a wild card.
Most disappointing team: Oilers. Always the Oilers.

Art Ross Winner: McJesus
Hart Winner: McJesus
Norris Winner: Josi. Playing for a new ticket.
Calder Winner: Kakko
Vezina Winner: Vasilevsky
Richard Winner: Marchand. There's no bigger Richard than that guy....
Oh, the Rocket. Ovie, 2 more tucks than Tavares. All that extra PP time.

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Leafs! I hope so.
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Vegas
Stanley Cup Winner: Vegas. The curse lives on. Damn you, Ballard.
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Flower
zazzle
Joined: 01.19.2013

Oct 1 @ 3:05 PM ET

So without further ado...

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The Leafs will finish: 3rd in the conference

The main reason for this is: Anderson

The biggest surprise will be: Mikheyev

The biggest disappointment will be: Spezza

The unsung hero will be: Nylander

The goat will be: Ceci

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is):

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is):

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Acquiring Clarkson for cap purpose

If I was GM, I would have: traded Ceci and Bill Ny the paid guy for a #2 Dman.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: THEY WILL MAKE IT PAST THE 2ND ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 51G/30A
F. Gauthier, C 8G/12A
J. Spezza, C 8G/10A
J. Tavares, C 48G/32/A
N. Shore, C 12G/10A

Z. Hyman, LW 15G/20A
A. Johnsson, LW 22G/25A
D. Timashov, LW 0G/3A in 5 games played
M. Marchment, LW
K Agostino, LW

M. Marner, RW 25G/70A
J. Bracco, RW
T. Moore, RW 11G/15A
W. Nylander, RW 30G/50A
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW 20G/33A
A. Kerfoot, RW 14G/27A
Y. Korshkov, RW
I. Mikheyev, RW 16G/15A

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 10G/53A
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D 8G/22A
K. Gravel, D
B. Harpur, D
J. Holl, D 2G/8A
M. Marincin, D 2G/8A
T. Dermott, D 7G/26A
C. Ceci, D 12G/20A
T. Barrie, D 22G/42A
T. Kivihalme, D
R. Sandin, D 7G/12A
T. Liljegren D 0G/4A in 9 games



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 2.91GAA - 39W/21L
M. Hutchinson, G 3.21GAA - 12W/10L
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Leafs
Western Conference Winners: Stars

Most surprising team: Arizona Coyotes playoff bound out in 4
Most disappointing team: Chicago Blackhawks

Art Ross Winner: Matthew by 1 point
Hart Winner: McDavid
Norris Winner: Seth Jones!
Calder Winner: no clue
Vezina Winner: Vasilevskiy
Richard Winner: Matthews by 2 goals clinched in the last game of the year

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Dallas
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Toronto homer pick
Stanley Cup Winner: Toronto in 7 in 2 OT
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Andersen
bixll
Location: New Glasgow, NS
Joined: 09.04.2008

Oct 2 @ 9:31 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in Atlantic, 2nd overall

The main reason for this is: Tampa bay

The biggest surprise will be: Sandin & Ceci. Do far better than expected.

The biggest disappointment will be: The Trolls

The unsung hero will be: Sandin
The goat will be: The Goat

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is):

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Ceci

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Bring back Clarkson.

If I was GM, I would have: sat Marner.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: Sandin will be a star.

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C - scores 50
F. Gauthier, C - plays 50
J. Spezza, C - looks 50
J. Tavares, C - scores 50
N. Shore, C -

Z. Hyman, LW - returns and plays great
A. Johnsson, LW - scores 23
D. Timashov, LW -
M. Marchment, LW
K Agostino, LW

M. Marner, RW - hits 100 points
J. Bracco, RW
T. Moore, RW - scores 20.
W. Nylander, RW - Scores 35
N. Petan, RW
M. Read, RW
K. Kapanen, RW - 60 points
A. Kerfoot, RW - is better than expected
Y. Korshkov, RW - exceeds expectations.
I. Mikheyev, RW - is a pleasant surprise.

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D - in the running for the Noris
J. Schmaltz, D
J. Muzzin, D - very solid year.
K. Gravel, D
B. Harpur, D
J. Holl, D
M. Marincin, D - grenade blows up...
T. Dermott, D - comes back stronger than ever.
C. Ceci, D - surprising good season.
T. Barrie, D - solid year, resigns with Leafs
T. Kivihalme, D
R. Sandin, D - turns heads from day one.
T. Liljegren - not sold on him yet.



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G
M. Hutchinson, G
K. Kaskisuo, G


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Vegas

Most surprising team: Nucks
Most disappointing team: Sharks

Art Ross Winner: McDavid
Hart Winner: MacKinnon
Norris Winner: Burns
Calder Winner: Sandin
Vezina Winner: Price
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Vegas
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Toronto
Stanley Cup Winner: Toronto
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Anderson
Scabeh
Montreal Canadiens
Location: Muzzin might be superior to Seth Jones - James Tanner, QC
Joined: 02.25.2007

Oct 2 @ 10:03 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 2nd in the Atlanctic, 2nd in the East, 4th in the NHL.

The main reason for this is: They slightly improved over last season and will have a full lineup from the get go.

The biggest surprise will be: Kapanen scoring 60+ points

The biggest disappointment will be: Kerfoot, who will be a huge drop from Kadri.

The unsung hero will be: Andreas Johnsson

The goat will be: Cody Ceci, obviously

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Jason Spezza, the guy is completely finished and will be terrible in his limited role.

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): You guys overrate every player! I'm gonna have to go with Hyman, I think he's a good grinder.

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: The Barrie trade. Replaced Gardiner and lowered the cap.... was awesome.

If I was GM, I would have: The only black mark on Dubas this summer was signing Marner for a little too much compared to the market.... but it's not that big of a deal.

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They are not as good as Tanner thinks they are

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 65gp 35 goals 35 assists
F. Gauthier, C 10 points
J. Spezza, C 5 points / will retire in season.
J. Tavares, C 94 points
N. Shore, C Who?

Z. Hyman, LW 30 points
A. Johnsson, LW 55 points
D. Timashov, LW Who cares?
M. Marchment, LW Who?
K Agostino, LW AHL

M. Marner, RW 99 points
J. Bracco, RW 35 points
T. Moore, RW 25 points
W. Nylander, RW 70 points
N. Petan, RW AHL
M. Read, RW AHL
K. Kapanen, RW 63 points
A. Kerfoot, RW 34 points
Y. Korshkov, RW 20 points
I. Mikheyev, RW 25 points

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 60 points
J. Schmaltz, D I don't know
J. Muzzin, D 37 points
K. Gravel, D Who?
B. Harpur, D Why?
J. Holl, D 15 points
M. Marincin, D Why is even here? 17 pity points!
T. Dermott, D 30 points
C. Ceci, D 25 points -30
T. Barrie, D 57 points
T. Kivihalme, D Who?
R. Sandin, D 15 points in 40 games
T. Liljegren AHL



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G Will be a top 10 goaltender this year
M. Hutchinson, G Will be an average backup
K. Kaskisuo, G Will not play.


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Nashville

Most surprising team: Colorado
Most disappointing team: Pittsburgh

Art Ross Winner: Mcdavid
Hart Winner: Mackinnon
Norris Winner: Rielly
Calder Winner: Cale Makar
Vezina Winner: Carey Price
Richard Winner: Draisatl

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Colorado
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Tampa
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Kucherov
TheMussel
Toronto Maple Leafs
Location: Toronto, ON
Joined: 09.24.2013

Oct 2 @ 10:11 AM ET
The Leafs will finish: 3rd in the Atlantic, 4th in the east

The main reason for this is: Great goal scoring, still give up too many shots, under-par backup goaltending

The biggest surprise will be: Cody Ceci will be better than Dion Phaneuf

The biggest disappointment will be: Sandin will be sent down

The unsung hero will be: Zach Hyman as always

The goat will be: Matthews with 80 games under his belt

People think this guy is good, but he sucks (and the reason is): Mikheyev, Babcock loves him so he's a young version of Glendening

People think this guy sucks, but he's not so bad (and the reason is): Nylander, good neutral zone play, creates turnovers

The best move Dubas did in the off-season was: Getting Barrie

If I was GM, I would have: Traded Gardiner or his rights for SOMETHING

If you remember nothing else I said, remember I said this about the 2019-20 Leafs: They have a lot of potential, and yet it feels like there's something still missing, I don't think they make it past the 2nd round, and would bet against them in the 1st

Player Predictions

The Forwards:

A. Matthews, C 53g/86p
F. Gauthier, C 4g/14p
J. Spezza, C 9g/22p
J. Tavares, C 52g/91p
N. Shore, C 0g/2p

Z. Hyman, LW 19g/32p
A. Johnsson, LW 22g/46p
D. Timashov, LW 5g/12p
M. Marchment, LW 0g/0p
K Agostino, LW 0g/0p

M. Marner, RW 34g/105p
J. Bracco, RW 1g/4p
T. Moore, RW 9g/23p
W. Nylander, RW 25g/65p
N. Petan, RW 0g/0p
M. Read, RW 0g/0p
K. Kapanen, RW 18g/52p
A. Kerfoot, RW 15g/35p
Y. Korshkov, RW 0g/0p
I. Mikheyev, RW 3g/16p

The Defence:

M. Rielly, D 11g/85p
J. Schmaltz, D 2g/11p
J. Muzzin, D 9g/44p
K. Gravel, D 0g/0p
B. Harpur, D 1g/8p
J. Holl, D 0g/2p
M. Marincin, D 0g/11p
T. Dermott, D 6g/31p
C. Ceci, D 8g/39p
T. Barrie, D 14g/61p
T. Kivihalme, D 0g/2p
R. Sandin, D 1g/7p
T. Liljegren 0g/0p



The Goalies:

F. Andersen, G 38w/61gp/914sv%/2.52GAA
M. Hutchinson, G 10w/21gp/902sv%/2.71GAA
K. Kaskisuo, G have fun in the AHL


The League:

Eastern Conference Winners: Tampa
Western Conference Winners: Dallas

Most surprising team: New Jersey
Most disappointing team: St Louis

Art Ross Winner: Kucherov
Hart Winner: McDavid
Norris Winner: Rielly
Calder Winner: Hughes
Vezina Winner: Vasilevskiy
Richard Winner: Matthews

Western Stanley Cup Finalist: Nashville
Eastern Stanley Cup Finalist: Tampa
Stanley Cup Winner: Nashville
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Rinne
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