Many Reasons to Love This Edition of the Toronto Maple Leafs Despite Their Flaws

Despite their inconsistencies and, at times, infuriating play, the Leafs have had many feel-good stories throughout the year that make them a likable team to cheer for. Examples of resilience and grit can be found everywhere, which hasn't always been the case with this team.
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Leafs Stars Assure There is Always Hope

The Leafs shouldn't be criticized for looking after their star players. Keeping your top-notch talent gives you the best chance to win.

This season, they have delivered.

Matthews still has a legitimate shot to reach the magical 70-goal mark. At the very least, he is likely to break his franchise record for most goals in a season.

He is likely to win a third Rocket Richard trophy for leading the league in goals and is an outside contender for the Hart and Selke trophies.

Nylander's play has continued to ascend. Barring injury, he will pass franchise icon Mats Sundin's record for points in a season by a Swedish player.

He has hit the forty-goal plateau once again and will set personal bests in goals, assists, and points. More importantly, his effort has become more consistent. His blatant gaffes are fewer and he has been more engaged defensively.

Before his injury, Marner was on his way to another 90-plus point season and Rielly made this year's all-star game, carrying over his fine play from last postseason.