Toronto Maple Leafs

TALENTED MAPLE LEAFS READY FOR NEW HEIGHTS

The talented Toronto Maple Leafs are ready to leap back into what will be a competitive and compelling NHL season, following a wild ride in 2019-20.

Despite a reduced 70-game regular season caused by COVID-19, last year the club’s leading scorer Auston Matthews managed to record career highs with 47 goals (the second time he’s hit the 40-goal mark) and 80 points. The All-Star’s production placed him third throughout the NHL in goal-scoring and ninth in points.

Markham, Ontario native Mitch Marner led the Leafs with 51 assists to finish second in scoring with 67 points in 59 games played. As a result, the 23-year-old earned his first trip to the NHL All-Star Game.

William Nylander broke out to produce the first 30-plus-goal campaign of his career, ranking fourth in team scoring (59 points) behind Matthews, Marner and captain John Tavares.

Maple Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas made quick work following the team’s exit from the Eastern Conference bubble last summer, receiving a first round 2020 draft pick (15th overall) and a handful of prospects in a multi-player deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The move helped spearhead the current NHL trading market and offered Toronto greater roster flexibility towards the future. The speed and skill the Leafs possess have made them the second highest goal-scoring squad four years running throughout the NHL. As anticipation mounts within Leafs Nation for the squad to push further down the post-season path, it’ll be a thrill to see how head coach Sheldon Keefe puts all the pieces together in his first full season with the team and raise the storied franchise to new heights.