Much like our beloved Maple Leafs, Centre of Leafs Nation itself has a lot to be excited about for the future after its rookie season. When I started the blog I had two key goals in mind that I felt were going to be key to the success of the blog.
Rapper Drake's song “Started from the bottom now we're here” is the perfect anthem for these young Maple Leafs as they too are here! The playoff series against the Washington Capitals to which no one predicted the Maple Leafs could win one game much less two has turned into a competitive, fast paced series in which the Maple Leafs have given the Washington Capitals all they can handle and more.
Six months ago all this would have been considered a pipe dream, the thought of a roster made up of a majority of rookies making the playoffs wasn’t even thought of as possible. Some sports experts didn’t have Marner even making the roster, and some knew Matthews would be good none could have predicted how brilliant his first season would be. But yet here we are on the eve of the Maple Leafs first playoff series in 4 years, and longer if you factor in the last time they made the playoffs in a full 82 game season which was all the way in 2004.
In a season where the young Maple Leafs have exceed expectations, We find ourselves biting our nails and full of nervous anxiety as the team faces its most grueling and difficult two games of the year.