The story about how bad the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have been this season has been told over and over again. However, the feeling around the teams has been different. The Maple Leafs knew they were going to be bad while the Blue Jackets were expecting to be a contender in the playoffs. Those preseason expectations can have a big effect on whether a season is successful. For that reason, the Maple Leafs’ season could be considered a success and the Blue Jackets a failure, despite them currently having similar records.

As the teams faceoff with each other one final time on Wednesday before the season ends on the weekend, it’s worth looking at how the Blue Jackets can mould their roster to be like the Maple Leafs.

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