The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to get a big win on the road last night in Vancouver… It’s not often I get to say that this season, and it’s not like it really matters – the Leafs are still dead last in the league. It hasn’t been easy being a Leafs fan this season, unless you’ve bought into the “Pain is coming” attitude during this latest phase of what seems like a perpetual rebuild. My expectations for this season were pretty low, so I’m just as happy seeing them have a decent shot at winning this year’s draft lottery… Unless those damn Oilers spoil the party again!
Anyway, that being said, last night’s victory over the Canucks was enjoyable to watch, and showed that there are a couple bright spots in the Leafs’ future.
Leo Komarov has been having a great season, all things considered, and was the Leafs’ only representative at the All Star Game. Awesome as it is, it may not have happened if the NHL hadn’t mandated that each team must be represented. That being said, I’ve been really enjoying watching Uncle Leo play. Last night he scored the Leafs’ second empty-net goal, and before that, he got tangled up in a scrap with Henrik Sedin, believe it or not.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 14, 2016
That tweet is a little misleading – the gloves don’t really get dropped, and it’s not much of a fight. I guess “skirmish” might be a better word to describe it. Either way, Uncle Leo is doing work!
Mark Arcobello had a good offensive night last night, scoring his first two goals of the season within 17 seconds of each other to tie the game and then take the lead!
And how about Brendan Leipsic, who made his NHL debut last night? Leipsic came to Toronto from Nashville last year when the Leafs shipped off Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli… And from the looks of it, that trade is paying off. Leipsic managed to score what proved to be the game winner for his first ever NHL goal.
The best part? His parents were there to see it happen! His mom looks thrilled. The woman behind her? Less so.
What else do the Leafs have to look forward to? A couple of hugely promising prospects.
Like how about this nifty little play from William Nylander this pre-season?
And if you weren’t already excited about the team’s top prospect, Mitch Marner of the London Knights, you should be after seeing this magical goal:
I can’t wait to see that dude working his magic in the blue and white! And as a kid who grew up loving Doug Gilmour, I’d be pretty stoked if he continued to wear #93 in the big leagues.
But let’s be real – it’s going to get worse before it gets better… But there IS hope at the end of that long, long tunnel.