Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs 100th Anniversary Magazine

Celebrating 100 years of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, the rich tradition of the blue and white moves into the future with plenty of optimism.

Under the leadership of President Brendan Shanahan and Hall of Fame GM Lou Lamoriello, the Maple Leafs are in good hands with a total of 12 draft picks at this June’s draft in Buffalo.

Having now coached in over 1,000 NHL games, the addition of Mike Babcock paid dividends through a valuable growth period. While the learning curve was steep, the effort on the ice was appreciated last year, as 12 players came up from the farm to make their on ice NHL debut in front of the loyal Leafs Nation.

Recently resigned and under the age of 26, Nazem Kadri and Morgan Reilly continue to make significant strides heading into the 2016-17 season. Meanwhile, AHL call-ups William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Connor Brown, Josh Leivo and Nikita Soshnikov all have a legitimate chance to start the 2016-17 campaign with the big club.

More reinforcements are likely on the way through the junior ranks. Mitch Marner, the 2015 fourth overall draft pick, could make his debut in blue and white this season, after amassing 242 points over the past two years with the OHL’s London Knights.

2016-17 will be one for the ages in Toronto. As a fresh rebranding of the Leafs legendary logo commemorates the centennial, it also shows how the franchise continues to move towards an exciting future.