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Post-Free Agency Atlantic Division Outlook

Now that the major portion of free agency season has come and gone, let's take a look at how the Atlantic Division, as of today, is stacking up for 2017-18 (listed by predicted order of finish):

1) Toronto Maple Leafs: It's easy to criticize going three years for Patrick Marleau, but TSN's Scott Cullen may have summed it up best when he said, "...if the Maple Leafs end up going further in the playoffs with Marleau in the lineup, criticism will be muted". Truth be told, the surging Leafs were already on the verge of breaking through the stratosphere to elite contender status, and adding Marleau certainly shouldn't change that. The group that was third in the NHL in 5-on-5 shot attempts, and took a lot of mojo out of the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, remains pretty much intact, less rental Brian Boyle. The Leafs are primed for really big things this season.

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