The Toronto Maple Leafs may have taken Game One by an emphatic 5-0 scoreline, but there’s still more to come from this team.
After all, the likes of John Tavares and William Nylander were kept to just one point between them for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Then we can’t forget that the team was also missing some players that can make a difference when in the line-up.
Michael Bunting and Jason Spezza may not necessarily be names that will strike fear into a Tampa Bay Lightning fan, but they will still very likely make the Leafs better.
Toronto Maple Leafs Can Still Improve
Its genuinely crazy to think that there is still room for improvement. The display the Toronto Maple Leafs put on was up there with their absolute best this year.
However, when you look at the statistics, heck even just the eye test with his breakaway chances, William Nylander is raring to get a point this series. Against the Montreal Canadians last year, he was one of very few to truly shine and certainly looked ready against Tampa.
If Mitch Marner and Austin Matthews can maintain their current level and Nylander can start hitting the net too, it’s a real scary prospect for the opposition.
Likewise, John Tavares is looking to put last year firmly in the rear view mirror. He proved absolutely dominant on faceoffs winning 13 of 16 and notching an assist too.
If this duo continues to build on their performances and start backing up the other big two, suddenly all of the cap frustrations of the fan base fade away (for now).
The other factor to the Toronto Maple Leafs still having more to give is the guys that were sitting in the press box. Michael Bunting will be itching to be fit enough to get back into the line-up. With his regular line-mates finding their stride, he’s set up for success.
He’s coming off a season that saw him lead rookies in points and plays a pesky type of game that will frustrate Tampa and ultimately draw more penalties out of them.
That can only be a positive thing in terms of keeping the momentum with the Maple Leafs.
Also never rule out the old boy as Jason Spezza could be playing his last Stanley Cup Playoffs and will absolutely be raring to go. You would have to imagine he may get the call for Game 2 especially if Kyle Clifford’s game misconduct comes with a suspension.
He heads into these playoffs with a bit of form and will no doubt up his game. This will ass yet another layer of secondary scoring and ensures that the Toronto Maple Leafs are a threat with any line combination out there.
There is absolutely more to come from a team that just shut out the reigning Stanley Cup champions. This is a very exciting thing!