By Peter Bolt
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most underrated teams in the NHL and do not get the credit they deserve. The Leafs have gone (8-2-0) in their last ten and currently sit third in the Atlantic division. Toronto is currently 15th in the league in goals against and 3rd in goals for (not to shabby). One of the most noticeable differences for the Maple Leafs this year is their defense. In the 16-17 season the Leafs finished 22nd in the league in goals against and blew numerous games due to poor defensive play. Mike Babcock has gotten his team to tighten up defensively, making the Leafs a much more difficult opponent to play against. Up front the Leafs have some young, talented offensive weapons such as Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner. The Leafs’ forwards can fly which is one of the main reasons they have scored 188 goals this year. On the back-end, Ron Hainsey has been a great addition to the team tallying 19 points in 55 games. Hainsey has played well this year and has helped the Leafs fill their defensive hole from last season. Frederik Andersen has played over 40 games already this year and owns a solid .922 save percentage. Overall, the Leafs could be a potential threat in the playoffs this year if they can acquire some more skill at the trade deadline.
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