Article written by Sportmentary - Editor in Chief Sportmentary Online Sports
I was considering doing an NHL power ranking or prediction heading into the 2013 NHL season that will start on January 19th. Then I read SI.com's power ranking and when I saw where the Toronto Maple Leafs were ranked I couldn't stop laughing. So I decided to comment about the low expectations that everyone has for this sorry franchise.
It's a no brainer that Toronto Maple Leafs fans expect the worst from their team. The Leafs are perennial losers. Adrian Dater of Sports Illustrated published his NHL power rankings on Wednesday and he has the Leafs ranked 27th out of 30 teams.
Poor Leafs fans, their team can't buy a break can they? Well they might if they land Roberto Luongo. As I wrote in an article this afternoon, Luongo could make the Leafs one of the best regular season teams. The playoffs would be a different story.
I'm not sure if this is a fair ranking. To be honest I don't follow the team. I know enough about them to know they usually suck. I wouldn't expect that to change this season. If the Leafs actually became a contender this season it would shock me.
The Leafs haven't made the playoffs in years. Things weren't different when I was a teenager, in the 1980's. The Leafs always sucked. Making the playoffs for that team was a thing of the past even back then. At that time it had been nearly 15 years since the team won the Stanley Cup (1969). Now 44 years later, Leaf fans are still waiting and waiting and waiting.
I know I sound cruel making fun of the Leafs. I come by my dislike for the team honestly. Toronto sports fans believe that the sun rises and sets on their city but other than the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, when was the last time a team in that city won a championship?
When it comes to professional sports it looks like the sun doesn't shine too brightly in hogtown after all. That might change this season. It's a 48 game season so anything is possible. If the Leafs can get off to a fast start they might make it to the playoffs. The likely scenario is the team getting off to slow start and having to play catch-up for most of this shortened season.
We don't have a crystal ball. SI.com doesn't have a crystal ball but they have a lot of history to look at and it's not kind to the team from Toronto Canada. It looks like everyone has low expectations for the team. Low expectations mean that the fans won't be too disappointed with another putrid season.