If you’re a Leafs fan, you’ve probably been pretty disappointed in the team’s late season struggles, costing them an elusive playoff berth. But while the Leafs missing the playoffs is not usually something to be celebrated, I went out and compiled a list of the benefits and disadvantages of missing the post-season as a means to shed some light on what this all means. It’s not necessarily as bad as you might think.
Pro: Improved draft position will help the team find a star to turn things around.
Con: They’ll probably just draft another Tyler Biggs.
Pro: It’s now painfully clear that this is a team that lacks enough talent to be a contender.
Con: Has that ever stopped them from trying?
Pro: We burn the first year of Clarkson’s contract that much faster.
Con: The remaining six years.
Pro: Despite not making the playoffs, the Leafs were a good shootout team for the first time since the gimmick’s inception.
Con: Yeah, it seems like we might be seeing less of those.
Con: This was the last season before Kessel’s contract delivers an $8 million per year cap hit instead of the $5.4 million it was before.
Pro: Maybe Bozak’s room gets a little bigger?
Pro: The extended off-season gives Dave Bolland’s ankle more time to heal.
Con: It’s sure gonna take a lot of healing for him to be worth $5 million per year.
Con: Losing eight in a row and 10 of their last 12 is one of the most crushing ways to end a season.
Pro: It’s still better than last year.