The forwards are what gets the attention and can break a game open, especially with the Leafs elite talent up front. The goaltending can singlehandedly win and lose you games, something we learned with Andersen and Campbell this season. But, that’s always been a trait of past Leafs teams in this era.
So, why is this team so much different and looked at as so much stronger than past teams? It’s been the upgrades on defense that have been slowly made over the last few seasons for it to be what it is now. Between both the personnel and the systems set in place to help them succeed, it’s created one of the best defensive teams we’ve seen in a long time, especially in the cap era, becoming a top 10 team in goal, shot, and expected goal suppression, something we haven’t seen in a while.
Unlike the forward group, the defense has been relatively consistent all season, with very few changes and even fewer injuries meaning we saw relatively the same group.
Morgan Rielly & TJ Brodie
Technically, this is the team’s top pair due to the fact that they play the most, but …
Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation