No. 19: Toronto Maple Leafs
Season record: 8-7-3
Air Canada Centre has been very kind to the Leafs this season, as they’ve posted a 7-2-0 record there. The youth movement is still a work in progress for coach Mike Babcock’s crew, but there are good pieces in place.
First overall pick Auston Matthews’ hot start has gotten cooler, as he’s sitting on 13 points. But he’s also one of seven Leafs with 11 points or more. This Toronto outfit just finds the net a lot, especially on the powerplay. The Leafs have a 21.6 percent success rate, good for ninth in the league.
But, much like seemingly all the teams we’ve talked about thus far, the back end just won’t cut it. Frederik Andersen was brought it to carry the goaltending and has done nothing close to that (.908/3.09). The defense in front of him is a mostly learning group, too.