The Leafs mission is almost over. They took the ice for one reason this year, and one reason only: to secure 30th place, and give themselves a better chance than anybody else at landing Auston Matthews with the first overall pick come June’s draft.
Okay, maybe there was a bit more to the year than that. But for the fans, aside from the recent youth movement, that’s largely what the focus has been on for the year.
But even so – even though the season was long, daunting, and oftentimes downright boring – there were actually some pretty good moments sprinkled in there. And we here at TLN are optimists – well, most of us anyways. So without further ado, let’s take a look back at the year that was. Today’s question posed to our esteemed staff of writers was, “What was your favorite in-game moment of the 2015-2016 Leafs season?”.
Nikita Soshnikov’s first goal was an outrageous snipe: pic.twitter.com/wJDpHU878S
— The Tank Nation (@TLNdc) March 3, 2016
Can’t stop watching Kadri wrecking Marchand. Just the best. pic.twitter.com/zT7ZeNv0Ix
— The Tank Nation (@TLNdc) February 3, 2016
There’s not much to remember this largely forgetful season by. It’s been a miserable year, one where the fate of the team seemed sealed before the skates even hit the ice. What’s there to cherish about a team that’s on the verge of finishing dead last in the league?
Easy: the Garret Sparks shutout. We all remember it. The Leafs were going through a rash of injuries in net and the Leafs called up the kid to make his NHL debut. A prospect making his NHL debut is always a little exciting. But I don’t think many expected the 7th-rounder that spent most of the previous year in the ECHL to become the first ever goalie in the entire history of the Leafs to post a shutout in his NHL debut.
Watch, remember, and cry, as we relive what is, for me, the moment above all others to remember the 2015-2016 Leafs by:
What, no love for William Nylander’s first NHL goal? Or Connor Brown’s late-game heroics against the Ducks? What was your favorite in-game moment of the 2015-2016 Leafs season? Let us know in the comments.