The Toronto Maple Leafs have Stanley Cup aspirations in 2018-19. After reaching the playoffs the past two seasons, the Leafs expect to make a deep playoff run this season. Mike Babcock enters his third season as Head Coach of the Leafs and he has played an integral role in developing youngsters Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner into superstar players. In the offseason, the Maple Leafs signed prized free agent John Tavares from the New York Islanders. Tavares is a Toronto native and chose to sign with his hometown team with a highly publicized mega-contract (7 years, $77M). The John Tavares signing has expectations higher than ever in Toronto. Adding Tavares to an already elite offensive team should only improve their chances of making a deep playoff run. On defense, Morgan Reilly returns along with Jake Gardiner. Reilly is on the verge of a breakout season and many are expecting him to put up great offensive numbers from the blue line. Although the Leafs lost veterans Tyler Bozak, James van Riemsdyk, and enforcer Matt Martin to free agency, the returning roster is stacked with offensive talent. If the Leafs can play adequate defense, their high-powered offensive should prime them for a run at the Stanley Cup.