Ranking the Five Leafs games I saw in person in 2017-18

The 2017-18 regular season came to an end on Saturday night with the Toronto Maple Leafs defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-2. It clinched the best regular season in franchise history both in wins (49) and points (105). Winning the game also gave goaltender Frederik Andersen the most wins in a season by any Leaf goalie (38) and put the team on the right track with the playoffs fast approaching.
A lot of the games themselves were special to watch as the core of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander among others dominated other teams at times with their deadly offence, speedy defence, and solid goaltending. Luckily for me, I was able to see a few of these games in person.
To make a long story short, my uncle has season tickets that he shares with my family every season since he can't see all the home games. This season I got to see five games at the Air Canada Centre, each of them a Leaf win!
Since the regular season has finally concluded, I decided to reflect on these fi…

Predicting the Leafs' 2017-18 Opening Night Lineup

While the players who will don the Blue and White has been determined, figuring out where each of them will play come opening night is not fully set in stone. The new additions and the key young stars will all play a factor in what the line combinations will eventually look like.

Here's my best guess as to what the Leafs lineup will look like when they open their season against the Winnipeg Jets.
Marleau-Matthews-Nylander JVR-Bozak-Marner Komarov-Kadri-Brown* Hyman/Martin-Moore-Kapanen * = Assuming Connor Brown re-signs in time for opening night (he's currently an RFA)

The forward lineup sees very few changes from when the Leafs were in the playoffs this past spring. One obvious difference will likely be Zach Hyman replaced by Patrick Marleau on the top line, as it seems that Mike Babcock will pair this summer’s big free agent signing with Auston Matthews and William Nylander.
James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, and Mitch Marner should remain together because of their strong…

Leafs Draft Watch Profile: Nick Suzuki

This is the fifth in a series of posts where we will take a look at five players the Toronto Maple Leafs could potentially pick at the upcoming 2017 NHL draft this week. 

In the previous post, we looked at Juuso Valimaki, a defenseman playing for Tri-City Americans, as a possible player for the Toronto Maple Leafs to pick on June 23rd.
For the final article in this series, we will shift gears and focus on a player that has quietly put together a strong season in his draft year and has the potential to be one of the sleeper picks of the draft. Nick Suzuki, a center for the Owen Sound Attack, is the player in question, and should be of interest for the Leafs should he be available at the 17th spot in the draft.
Age: 17 Height: 5 foot 11 inches Weight: 183 Pounds Hometown: London, ON Position: Center Shooting: Right