What a long, strange journey it’s been. We’ve just gone through our longest non lockout related break from hockey and the reality of the Leafs playing tonight is finally hitting, and it’s hitting hard. If the COVID pause wasn’t enough of a shock to the system, the fact that Sheldon Keefe was able to turnaround the trainwreck Leafs he inherited from Mike Babcock to turn them into a playoff team, only to then have them start playing their way out of the playoffs again makes it a surreal feeling that we’re talking about the Leafs as a playoff team in the 2019-20 season. Or at least talking about them as playoff qualifier participants.
Heading into this bizarre playoffs, I have firmly held the belief this situation favours the Leafs. They are offensively driven, they play an aggressive attack style that exploits mistakes, and there should be no shortage of mistakes in these playoffs. They have had a chance to heal, both mentally and physically. They have had a chance to go through a Sheldon Keefe led training camp, and finally we can treat this as his team, completely. We’ …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation