2022-23 Toronto Maple Leafs Predictions and Futures Odds Picks
The 2021-22 season did not end how this Toronto Maple Leafs team had hoped. It was another frustrating first round exit after a tremendous regular season with an incredible team and one of -- if not the best -- players in all of hockey in Auston Matthews. For the last six seasons, the team has made the playoffs after only making it once in the previous 11 years. However, it has been a first round exit every single season. Can this team finally break through in the playoffs?
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Toronto Maple Leafs Offseason Moves
The Maple Leafs made the addition of adding Ilya Samsonov, who will be splitting goalie duties with Matt Murray, both of which are newcomers to the team. They also added Calle Jarnkrok, who can help in the bottom-six role. There are a few other additions that are more depth pieces like Gaudette and Mete. The team did not have a splashy offseason, but they really didn’t need to. They did trade away Petr Mrazek after a very disappointing year
This team needs to have a short memory. They have to just recognize the past is the past and continue to press forward. This team has played well, but they just haven’t been able to take that next step yet. They have kept the main core of the team intact with Matthews, William Nylander, and Morgan Rielly, along with others. This has to give the players some hope that management clearly believes this team can figure out a way to win together. The Atlantic Division is such a tough division that these guys will have to continue to play well throughout the year to put themselves in the best position possible during the playoffs. This team really needs the goalie tandem of Samsonov and Murray to exceed expectations. It is probably the weakest spot on the team and will be continually scrutinized throughout the year if they start losing games.
Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Futures Odds
The Maple Leafs open up as a +1000 favorite to win the Stanley Cup, putting them behind only the Colorado Avalanche. They are ranked second in the Presidents Trophy odds behind the Avalanche at +700. Interestingly, they are tied with the Hurricanes at +500 to win the Eastern Conference. The Maple Leafs are the favorites to win the division at +180. The over/under for regular season points currently sits at 107.5. The team is at a staggering -1000 to make the playoffs. Matthews is at +420, second behind Connor McDavid, to win the Hart Memorial Trophy. He is the favorite to win the Rocket Richard trophy at +230.
2022-23 Toronto Maple Leafs Predictions
The question with this team is not if they will have a good regular season or if they will make the playoffs. The question with this team is if they can get past the first round. They are one of the most talented teams in the NHL but have been stuck on first round exits for six years in a row now. They will make the playoffs, but what they do from there remains a mystery. I still don’t think they have a Stanley Cup in their future this season. However, it’s about time this team makes a little run. I predict they will make it to at least the second round and with Matthews on your team, the sky is the limit. It’s second round or bust this season.
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