The Toronto Maple have finally achieved a weeks long descent into the depths of the National Hockey League standings.
The latest standings in the Epic Tank Battle:
Buffalo – 43
Edmonton – 46
Arizona – 47
Toronto – 55
Carolina – 55
I’d wager Carolina will slowly pull away from this group since they are playing pretty well in their last 10GP (6-4-0)
I would also wager Arizona (1-9-0) will drop below the Oilers (4-5-1) by the end of the regular season.
I guess it’s possible the Oilers will also pass the Leafs but 9 points is a huge gap with only 19 games left in the season.
The question then becomes, who wins the lottery and why?
If ever there was a draft that the league will keep a close eye on where 2 generational players end up, I think it’s this one.
The Coyotes desperately need a marketable player and I would think nothing would make Gary Bettman happier than to reward Andrew Barroway for riding in and rescuing the Coyotes in the latest bailout in the desert.
On the other hand, Bettman might be cognizant of the fact that Rogers Communications (part owner of the Leafs) stepped up big time when it spent billions of the new Canadian TV contract.
I wouldn’t be the least surprised if Toronto “won” the lottery and drafted Connor McDavid while Arizona, if they continue to lose every game, selects American wundkind Jack Eichel while Buffalo has to make do with the #3 overall pick.
As noted before, McDavid is a GTA boy and has stated he would be thrilled to play for the Leafs.
American Jack Eichel would be a great fit in Arizona and Buffalo would still be rewarded by a very skilled pick in any of Hanifan, Strome or Marner.
It’ll be fascinating to watch.