5 wild Toronto Maple Leafs predictions for 2022-23

5 wild Toronto Maple Leafs predictions for 2022-23

Here we go, five more predictions for the Leafs in 2022-23. Remember, these are supposed to be wild, so expect some total nonsense in terms of the shots I'm calling.


Well, I'm back for more pain. I'm a die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan who knows they'll have a great regular season, but the real measuring stick will be the playoffs. Still, I'm planning to watch 82 games (as I always do), and I'm going to have some fun with crazy predictions that are unlikely to pan out.

First, here's how I did last year.

  1. Prediction 1: Matthews wins the Rocket Richard Trophy - Correct
  2. Prediction 2: Nick Ritchie fails to hit 20 goals - Correct
  3. Prediction 3: Jack Campbell gets at least one Vezina vote - Wrong
  4. Prediction 4: Jason Spezza scores 20 goals - Wrong
  5. Prediction 5: Marner hits 100 points on the season - Wrong*

*Marner hit 97 points and sat out the final game of the season so as not to risk injury before the playoffs. I was technically wrong, but also, I'm still happy with the result.

With that out of the way, let's dig into my five crazy predictions for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2022-2023

1. Auston Matthews scores 70 goals

Just so we're clear, I have low confidence in this prediction, but that's what makes it crazy. He's likely going to get 50, but 70 seems like it's miles off from his breakneck pace last year that got him 60 goals. Everything has to go right for 70, and he's the only player in the world right now that has a shot at it. The fact it's even a consideration is nuts.

2. Leafs win the Presidents Trophy

The Athletic has the Toronto Maple Leafs as the top ranked team in the NHL based on their model. They've also ranked the Stanley Cup winner either #1 or #2 in five of the last six seasons. Toronto will steamroll the competition in the regular season, earn home ice throughout the entire playoffs, and enter the post-season with expectations higher than ever before. They either break through this year, or big changes are coming.

3. John Tavares will return to form (30 goals, 82 points)

All signs say that a 32-year old John Tavares should be on the decline, and he is, but I think the Leafs captain is going to turn back the clock for one more year. I'm saying that Tavares is able to get 30 goals and maintain a point-per-game pace through the 2022-23 season. I think he's dialed in and going to have a big year.

4. Nick Robertson scores 20 goals

Nick Robertson has had a great showing in the pre-season and should make the team. I say he can score 20 goals, but only if he's playing in the top six. Still, let's get crazy, right? Nick Roberson will score 20 goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2022-23.

5. Leafs make the Stanley Cup Finals

What could I possibly predict that's wilder than this? I guess them winning it all, but I need somewhere to go next year.

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From The Chatty
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    October 5, 2022 2:05 PM

    Here are my five wild Toronto Maple Leafs predictions for 2022-23, and a look at how I did last season.

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      October 5, 2022 3:00 PM

      Okay, first off Matthews with 70 goals is... What. There's no way.

      I didn't read the rest of the predictions out of respect for the proud Leafs tradition of never getting past the first.

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        October 5, 2022 6:38 PM

        Well, I said they were going to be "wild", and since he scored 60 last year it wouldn't have been very wild to suggest he could do that. :)

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      October 5, 2022 3:19 PM

      watching all 82 games is hardcore .. gg

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        October 5, 2022 6:39 PM

        They're a lot of fun when it's regular season hockey! Haha

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      October 5, 2022 5:27 PM

      It doesn't matter how the season goes, we all know how it ends.... a first round playoff exit.

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        October 5, 2022 6:39 PM

        History is on your side, but one year will be the year they go on a run. Maybe I'll even still be alive.

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      October 5, 2022 8:06 PM

      I will bet against literally every single one of these and I may be one of the biggest leafs fans on the shack.

      Last year Nick Ritchie getting 20 goals seemed like a pretty easy call though. He's literally never done it before and you're better he wont do it again :D.

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        October 6, 2022 8:42 AM

        The whole point was *wild* predictions. I wasn't trying to sneak in some easy ones. And the Nick Ritchie one was last year, I have five new *wild* predictions this year. I'm going to say I go 1/5 this year.

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      October 6, 2022 9:31 AM

      Thank you for writing that, wild predictions are fun!

      I keep seeing all these prediction models that the Devils are around 60% chance to make the playoffs but man... I'm going to temper my expectations so if they even get *close* I will be surprised.

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