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Toronto Maple Leafs 2018 / 2019 12 Game Packs

TheĀ Toronto Maple LeafsĀ had high expectations entering this season. While they were able to improve and wound up finishing in third place in the Atlantic Division, they got eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the first-round. The Leafs fought back from a 3-1 deficit, but couldn’t finish the job.


This offseason should be an interesting one in Toronto. First of all, the Maple Leafs will have a new general manager. Lou Lamoriello has been promoted to an advisory role. Most likely, current assistant general manager Kyle Dubas will be named the general manager. It remains to be seen how assistant general manager Mark Hunter fits into the equation.


Dubas will have to think outside the box this offseason in order to improve the Maple Leafs. This is a critical summer for Toronto, as next season is likely their best chance of winning a Stanley Cup. After the 2018-19 season, they must give Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner significant extensions.

Montreal Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens have revamped their roster from last season and were one of the biggest surprises in the NHL sitting atop the Eastern Conference. An early first round playoff exit to the Ottawa Senators was a bit of a disappointment for the Habs but The Bell Centre is one of the most electric buildings in the NHL and the Habs have put on a great show at home every night for their fans that have waited patiently for the glory years of the past to return to Montreal.

Edmonton Oilers
The Edmonton Oilers continue to build through the draft specifically at the forward position. They have one of the most talented young rosters in the NHL. With the likes of Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Yakupov this season, the Oilers look to their young stars to not only score breath-taking goals, but take them back to the playoffs. With another lottery draft pick coming into the mix this season, it could be the year Edmonton rejoins the quest for the Stanley Cup.

Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks parted ways with their long serving head coach of 8 years this past summer in Alain Vigneault. The Canucks are looking for a fresh start with a new coach and the same nucleus that brought the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. Anything less than a Stanley Cup Championship will surely have fans disappointed.

Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames look to regroup and get back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 Season. With Jarome Iginla now in Pittsburgh after a monumental deadline trade last season, the Flames look to start the post-Iginla era on the right foot this year.