The most surprising thing to me about the Leafs this year is their success without Auston Matthews and William Nylander.
The Leafs haven’t iced their optimal lineup at any single point this season thus far, but are only a single point out of first place overall. That is impressive, no matter how you look at it.
The thought of a fully healthy and signed Toronto Maple Leafs roster should put terror into the hearts of the rest of the league. If you look at their roster, (Frederik Andersen, Nazem Kadri, John Tavares, Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Kasperi Kapanen, Mitch Marner, etc.) I guess it shouldn’t really be surprising. But the surprise comes when it hits you about just how insanely deep the team is.
They are basically in first place and have the second best player in the world on the sidelines, as well as a forward who is statistically somewhere between their second and fourth best forward.
It’s truly insane.
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