Looking at the Leafs competition in an All Canadian Team Division

More and more it seems like there will be an all Canadian team division this season. That could be fun. Canada’s team in Canada’s division, what’s not to love? Well, there might be some stuff, like Oilers fans, Canucks fans, the second hand sadness when the Leafs need to go on the long bus ride to Winnipeg.
As a refresher, here’s how those Canadian teams finished last season:

W
L
OL
PTS
RW
RGREC
RGPT%
EDM
37
25
9
83
31
31-25-15
0.542
TOR
36
25
9
81
28
28-25-17
0.521
WPG
37
28
6
80
30
30-28-13
0.514
VAN
36
27
6
78
27
27-27-15
0.5
CGY
36
27
7
79
25
25-27-18
0.486
MTL
31
31
9
71
19
19-31-21
0.415
OTT
25
34
12
62
18
18-34-19
0.387

At a first glance the main takeaway should be that none of the Canadian teams did particularly well. The Oilers put together the 9th best record in the league last season while playing in a criminally easy division. A division that the Canadian division would inherit three teams from.
Throw in the fact that the Senators were one of the worst teams in hockey, and the Habs made the cutoff for the return to play strictly for the television ratings, and we’re given a division that has maybe two legitimate playoff teams last season (that quickly underperformed in the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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