It is opening night in the National Hockey League.
NHL fantasy drafts have been held, office pools have been drawn up, and fans across the land are super optimistic about their team’s chances of winning it all.
Every team wants to win the Stanley Cup but we will soon realize that there are only a handful of clubs that have a legitimate shot.
You can put the defending champion Penguins in the mix, Tampa Bay and Washington are in that category, as are the Blackhawks and Kings.
The Maple Leafs are not in that group, and may not be for a few years.
But Toronto has stockpiled a number of very good prospects, highlighted by #1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner.
They all have incredible potential, but potential doesn’t always translate into victories.
And considering the number of young and inexperienced players the Buds will deploy this season, it’s more than safe to say that this season is a transitional year.
Yes, it’s the franchise’s centennial season.
Other than a few planned pre-game ceremonies this year, I’m not sure what to expect from Toronto in terms of wins and losses.
If nothing else they will be a fun team to watch, I think… I hope.