Leafs First Half Report/ Predictions

The Leafs first part of the season has been up and down, as of now more up than down(But just by one win). They have good young prospects who can hit(Newbury,Ondrus) score(Pohl) and just fun to watch(Suglobov). Some other good things are the re-emergence of Jeff O’neill, Bates Battaglia and Boyd Devereaux. The first half has seen some of the most memorable moments in Leafs history when Sundin got his 500th.(the absolute perfect goal) Sundin getting his 1200th point and passing a NHL great in scoring every game.

The Leafs sadly have had probably the worst injury problem all year. Poni, Antro, Wellwood(an excellent line right there) Peca and Tucker. While only Peca and Antro are long term those injuries hurt the line up alot. The leafs also have no confidence in there scoring especially after they score alot in a game. Also the leafs have to have consistant scoring from all their wingers. Stagin, Kilger and Steen have all gone over 15 games in a row at some point with out a goal. Darcy Tucker has to find a new way to score the defence are cutting off the pass across he should go into the corner and when Kaberle or Wellwood has the puck sneak to the front and get a tap in. In the big picture the problems are in consistant scoring and defence behind Kaberle and Mccabe. White and Gill have been horrible and Kubina is just two slow. Coliacovo looks like the Defencemen of the future for the leafs he is so solid Defenceivly and is good offencivly to. He is playing with Kubina and is actually making him good. Since he just came back he is still getting used to the speed of the game but he is still a solid Defenceman.

Now for the predictions. With the incosistancy of the leafs it is hard to make so I put 2 possible ones. here is the first

Buffalo
Atlanta
New Jersey
Carolina
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto
New York Rangers
New york Islanders
Boston
Washington
Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay
Florida
Philidalphia

Or
Buffalo
Atlanta
New Jersey
Montreal
Carolina
Ottawa
New York
Boston
Toronto
New York
Pittsburgh
Washington
Tampa Bay
Florida
Philidalphia

The first would happen if the leafs get healthy and stay healthy. The second would happen if the leafs get injured and don’t have a balanced attack.


9 Responses to Leafs First Half Report/ Predictions

  1. 92-93 says:

    interesting. i think the 2nd prediction is more likely.

    but it assumes virtually no movement between now and the end of the year …

    i think the leafs will finish 8th to 12th.

    you'll probably see the Sens and Canes and Rangers rise in the standings and the Habs and Thrashers drop (but not out of playoff position).

    all in all there will be a battle for that 8th and final playoff spot between 7 teams:
    Boston
    Toronto
    NYI
    Pitts
    Washington
    Florida (dont count them out)
    TB

  2. leafmeister says:

    True the 2nd prediction is a bit more likely than the first but the season really cant end badly if they cant get a playoff spot ferguson gets fired so it really cant be all bad.

  3. 92-93 says:

    well exactly. hopefully that is the good news – if they make it they make it. if they dont, Fergie is gone and a real GM comes in.

    but at the same time, i have a sinking feeling that JFJ will not be fired if they just miss the playoffs again this year because Ferguson has done some good things this year.

    in fact, if you really think about, since the beginning of 2006, Ferguson has made only 4 or 5 very bad moves compared to the numerous other solid (smaller) moves. the problem is, those bad moves were huge in terms of cap space and the future:

    1) Rask-Raycroft trade – still to early on this one but it stinks right now. Rask is arguably the best young goaltender not playing in the NHL right now and he's still very young.

    2) McCabe resigning

    3) Kubina

    4) Gill

    5) resigning Belak (not  a huge mistake, but one of those annoying little mistakes)

    but JFJ has done a lot of things right in terms of who he got rid of, the smaller little signings like Pohl, Devereaux, etc. Even the Telly trade wasn't that bad of an idea.

    i think the East standings will look like this in April (and its going to be jammed pack):

    1) Buffalo
    2) NJ
    3) Carolina
    4) Ottawa
    5) NYR – 99-100 pts
    6) Atlanta – 96-99 pts
    7) Montreal – 96 pts
    8) Boston or NYI – 93-94 pts
    ——-
    9) Boston or NYI – 91-92 pts
    10) Toronto – 90 pts
    11) Pittsburgh – 90 pts
    12) Florida – 84-87 pts
    13) TB -84-87 pts
    14) Washington – 80-83 pts
    15) Philadelphia — 74-78 pts

  4. leafmeister says:

    If ferguson was fired who would you put in his place? I would put Mike Keenan

  5. 92-93 says:

    no i wouldnt put keenan even if he is a shrewd guy. the destruction he leaves behind (in one city after another) cannot be a coincidence.

    I would actually go after Neil Smith believe it or not. I suppose there are other more viable candidates out there. Maybe that Tambellini guy? Its hard to say right now but I'm sure there are a lot of solid hockey minds out there. Keenan just has waaay too much baggage IMO.

  6. leafmeister says:

    quinn as a gm wouldnt be too bad

  7. Carlton60 says:

    Interesting posts… Good to see Leafs faithfuls haven't totally lost touch with reality (yet!) Here's my prediction… a seemingly insignificant trade something like this:

    Antropov to St. Louis in exchange for Petr Cajanek and a draft pick.

    Why would the Leafs do this? First off, Cajanek is a Centre. (yes I know we have too many, but with Peca out due to injury I like the idea of bringing in a guy with an offensive upside – a point every other game or so) He's only 31. He's affordable. Antropov has a great upside, but it's discouraging to see him miss so many games due to injury.

    Another player I'd be curious to see in the Blue and White is Geoff Sanderson. I'm not sure who we'd sent back to Philly (Belak?), but Philadelphia is one of the NHL bottom-feeders this season, so anything is possible. Why Sanderson? Speed. Experience. Someone to gel with guys like Steen, Kilger, Stajan, Pohl and Devereaux. Downside? Age and price tag. (I'm sure he's much more affordable that he would have been 8 years ago)

    In case some of you are wondering, I'm writing this post from the perspective of what might actually happen… What would interest me if I were JFJ? And what's realistic?

  8. 92-93 says:

    yeah Cajanek wouldnt be too bad but i really dont see him being that much of an upgrade, regardless of the leafs' injury situation right now.

    Sanderson i'm not too sure of either. since the lockout he has been largely ineffective.

    like i said in the other thread just posted, i think the leafs can be both buyers and sellers at the deadline and really be choosy on who to go after. younger skilled guys like Nagy are the first to come mind.

    If I'm JFJ i'm probably looking at St. Louis, Phoenix, and Edmonton as my primary trade partners. i dunno why, i just have a gut feeling about these 3 teams and the Leafs at the deadline.

  9. splitend says:

    It is great to hear some positive feedback for the team. If you wanted my option on who should be traded that is one thing, but for all the the so called wanna be Toronto GM's, give it a break. I think if true Leaf fans fed some positive energy, their team might just give it to them. I must admit, outside of a few games this New Year, the leafs have been playing some great hockey lately. Things are turning around. Some old faces are coming to the game to play. I really think the Leafs will make the playoffs.
    So give them the support they need.
    Go, Boys In Blue!!

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