This week on the The Instigators LIVE Tom and the crew (Craig Janney, Billy J, and as always, Jack Edwards) were handing out the mid-season awards, including the coveted ‘most overrated team, coach, or player’ award. Great to see Janney on NESN outside of college hockey coverage. We like his style.
Almost every episode, we find ourselves agreeing with Billy. The Maple Leafs are the most overrated team currently in the playoff picture. Their goaltending is suspect at best, their defense isn’t particularly deep, and I’m not convinced they are built to score in the playoffs. However, they are well coached and will almost certainly make some improvements at the trade deadline. But the crushing pressure of being the first Toronto squad to make the playoffs will ultimately be too much, and the Leafs will likely flame out in the first around.