Auston Matthews, the name that took the city of Toronto by storm, will soon take the NHL by storm this coming season. With the weight of an entire franchise on your back, it can get a little stressful for some, however with Matthews it has been a welcoming experience being drafted number one overall in the 2016 NHL draft. The number one pick has always carried a lot of pressure for many different reasons, but not since 2005 when Sid the Kid was drafted number one has that position held such prestige. Year after year, teams at the bottom of the league hope for the opportunity to be able to pick the best player in the draft with some success and some failures. With the names like Alexandre Daigle, and Nail Yakupov that have been flops, there are hopes that Auston Matthews will succeed. There are also names like Sidney Crosby and Taylor Hall - there will always be hope for a success in the number 1 draft pick position.
There are many reasons why the Maple Leafs have underperformed for the past few seasons, whether it’s their less than stellar goaltending with their revolving door of starters, or their lack of overall heart when it comes to getting points near the end of the year. With the franchise being put squarely on the shoulders of Auston Matthews, the future is looking the brightest it has in a very long time in Toronto. The other part of that argument is the notable fails that have come in the Maple Leafs way in past decades; we will see if they can repeat what they did with Wendel Clark and make a superstar out of their number one pick.
17 REASONS WHY HE WILL FAIL
16 History Of Failure
With 100 years of team history, there are bound to be some hits and misses along the way. Whether it's the prestige of having the second most Stanley Cups in history with 13, or if it’s the fact they haven’t made a cup appearance since 1967, the fact remains the same that there have been quite a few downs in their history. The most recent fail came in the playoffs, with their collapse against the Bruins back in 2013 where they saw their 3-goal lead disappear in game seven.
15 Lacking Defence
14 Goaltending Issues
13 The Toronto Maple Leafs Fans
12 Alexandre Daigle Syndrome
11 Too Good For The Maple Leafs
10 The Team Is Too Young
9 It's The Toronto Maple Leafs
8 REASONS WHY HE WILL SUCCEED
7 Leadership Skills
6 International Phenomenon
5 Youth In A Team Is An Asset
4 Wendel Clark
3 The Skill Is There
2 Mike Babcock
1 He Went First Overall For A Reason
With the best coaching the best environment to work in, the biggest push to be the best there is one thing that cannot be tossed aside, and that is the fact the Maple Leafs picked Auston at number 1 for a good reason. With all of his skill, leadership and a drive to be the best it will fit in with the rest of the team for years to come. When you have the hype of all the NHL experts and scouts from around the league you do have something to prove and prove your critics to be the best in the world. Will Matthews be the best Leaf ever? Will he be better than Crosby? Will he flop? Only time will tell.
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