The Toronto Maple Leafs got their big fish in Mike Babcock this summer – addressing apparent issues off the ice instead of on the ice. But if you ask me Randy Carlyle was a hockey board, hockey player, and bench away from the real problem. Yet the Leafs didn’t address the real issues, and that’s showing already.
And I’d be okay with that – this is supposed to be a slow process – but they carried themselves with such bravado this past offseason that I find myself angry at how bad this team still is. They talked about change, playing the right way, playing with a totally different system. But if there is supposed to be so much change, why is this team playing the exact same?
The Leafs are off to an 0-2-1 start. That puts them on pace for 27 points over an 82 game season. Now I’m no stat guy, but I think it’s safe to say that would be the worst point total of all time. The Leafiest part? They’d be doing that with a new draft lottery format, which wouldn’t guarantee them the 1st or even 2nd pick. Instead, they could miss out on franchise-changers Auston Matthews and Jakob Chychrun and fall all the way to the 4th overall pick.
But it’s not just the lack of points that worry me – after all, it’s only been three games. What is truly concerning are the trends that are already evident.