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Are The Maple Leafs Suffering the Sophomore Jinx?

November 3rd, 2017 No Comments

When the Toronto Maple Leafs entered the 2016-17 NHL season they did so with a slew of new faces, many of which were rookies. William Nylander, Austin Matthews, Mitch Marner, Zach Hyman, Nikita Soshnikov, Connor Brown, Nikita Zaitsev, and to a lesser extent Frederik Gauthier and Kasperi Kapanen, came with a combination of excitement and question marks, and a measure of hope. When it comes to rookie players, most of them come with the same concerns- How will they adjust to the NHL game? Can they handle the grind of an NHL season? How will they handle their first slump? Can they play consistent defense? How will they respond to all the travel? Will they have anything left for the playoffs? Looking back on the performance of Toronto’s key rookies in 2016-17 we can confidently say that all of them