Finishing in 14th place overall based on points percentage isn’t exactly the type of success the Toronto Maple Leafs were expecting this season. However, there are some storylines that deserve a spotlight.
Sure, they’re in a playoff spot and anything can happen once that tournament begins. But there’s still a long road ahead before they can even consider if this could be a year that they finally do hoist their first Stanley Cup since 1967.
Let’s Not Get Ahead of Ourselves
Without predicting too far past the fact that this whole plan is still very much just that, I wanted to take a step back to shine a light on some of the storylines that did impact Toronto’s year.
Regardless of what comes next, whether the Maple Leafs do end up back on the ice this season or not, there were already positive takeaways they can be pleased with as they look ahead to their future.
These are things that the franchise and its fans should embrace and be excited about, as they celebrate the players involved and the team as a whole who is better because of them.
Of course, none of this means that I’m concluding that the campaign as a whole is deemed a success. As any hockey fan would agree, the only thing that can determine that is when your team is the last one to leave the ice for the year and with hardware in hand.
These are simply wins for the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise that are allowed to be appreciated. Here are five successful storylines that stood out to me from Toronto’s 2019-20 campaign.