The Toronto Maple Leafs are not having a very good season to date. They are having an OK season, but they are not anywhere close to meeting expectations.
Their goalie and blue-line situations have been abysmal, and their bottom-six hasn't been much better. Their General Manager has done nothing to alleviate the problems.
Treliving gambled on Martin Jones and Simon Benoit and got lucky, but how much you can rely on either player, even in the most optimistic terms, remains to be seen. The Leafs have a better record than they deserve (they enter the break 11th overall by points-percentage and 18th by expected-goals percentage).
They also have several glaring lineup holes.
They get no production out of the left side of their lineup.
They have no depth.
Their blue-line is not very physical, and it's below average at moving the puck.
Their bottom-six is terrible, and they are overpaying a whole bunch of players. The GM had a terrible off-season, but he was new and we can cut him some slack - if he has a good month between now and the Trade Deadline.
Otherwise, he's on track to be the worst GM since John Ferguson JR, and that evaluation includes Dave Nonis. Tough company to keep, but this doesn't have to be his legacy.
All Treliving has to do is follow this list and he'll make the Toronto Maple Leafs into a Cup Contender.