On the surface, 2010-11 was another season of failure for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season and never really contended for a top-eight spot after a strong couple of weeks to open the season.
But over the final two-plus months, the Leafs showed there is a lot to be excited about for 2011-12.
Entering February, the Leafs were 19-25-5, 12th in the Eastern Conference. But thanks to the emergence of rookie goaltender James Reimer and improved overall play, the Leafs finished the season 18-9-6. That level of play over the course of 82 games would be good for 104 points.