…in the least amount of wins, that is.
The Toronto Maple Leafs finished up their 2015-2016 season last night in a fashion that has become all to familiar this year. The Leafs lost to the New Jersey Devils, in New Jersey, in a blowout 5-1 loss, making the Toronto Maple Leafs the last place team in all of the NHL.
For die hard Leafs fans, this marks a bittersweet moment for the team. No one likes to see your team lose, like the Leafs did on a consistent basis this year, unless it could result in getting the #1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. So while the Leafs have finished as the worst place team in the NHL, this also leaves them with the best chance at securing the #1 overall pick. The way that the Leafs’ secured their last place position this year has some calling it the “perfect tank“. By that, they mean that the Leafs were always aiming for last place, but had to make it seem as if they were trying to still pull out some wins.
Don’t celebrate too early, though, Leafs fans. Coming in last place this year means that the Leafs only have a 20% chance of winning the first overall pick.
The funny coincidence about the Leafs season is that, whether you are a fan of the team or not, mostly everyone is happy about the way they finished the season. For Leafs-haters, they can finally confirm their beliefs that the Leafs are “the worst team in the whole NHL, man!”. Which would make them right, and Captain Obvious simultaneously.
For the real die hard Leafs fans, the stars are aligning. Think about it: they have the coach, they have the GM, they have (potentially) the 1st overall pick in the 2016 draft, and all coming right in time for the 100th season as a team. Things are starting to look up for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews, here we come!
I’ll get the parade route ready for 2017….