Of all the fun content I can write about in the month of September, I’ve decided to go seven months into the future. That, of course, is when the Leafs will finally win a playoff round.
Note: if they lose in the first round again, don’t blame me.
What makes this Leafs team different than previous ones? Well, good question. Toronto lost one of their best players in Zach Hyman, who’s unfortunately off to the Edmonton Oilers. The team also lost Joe Thornton, Nick Foligno, Zach Bogosian, and likely Alex Galchenyuk.
The Leafs have replaced them, though, with Michael Bunting, Nick Ritchie, Ondrej Kase, and David Kampf.
If we took all of the players that Toronto lost after this season and put their ages together, you’d get an average of 31.6-years-old. However, if you take each of the players the Leafs have added who’ll likely be in the lineup this season, you have an average age of 26.25-years-old.
That’s a five-year difference from the players you lost, to the players you gained. Obviously the biggest trait that was lost was experience — Toronto got younger. Some might say that’s a bad idea, some might …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation