Toronto Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice for the 2017-18 NHL season looking to add a new chapter after last year’s playoff appearance.

Guided by Jack Adams finalist Mike Babcock, Toronto has become one of the top scoring teams in the league, pushing into the playoffs with speed and skill.

During a 40-goal campaign to become the first Leaf in 51 years to win the league’s rookie of the Year honour, Auston Matthews proved worthy of his first overall draft pick status in 2016. Including an epic four-goal performance out of the gate, last season saw a slew of highlights from the 19-year-old.

The skilled centre was one of three Leafs 20 and under to reach beyond the 60-point mark. Included among the trio of forwards were Markham, ON native Mitch Marner (who set a franchise record with 42 assists as a rookie) and smooth skating William Nylander.

Shining down the stretch and pushing the President’s trophy winner Washington to five overtimes in six games during the first round of the playoffs, Frederik Andersen shined as the man between the pipes and will look to build on his first season in Toronto.

Already supported by veterans like James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and Jake Gardiner, the team’s leadership continues to solidify with the addition of San Jose Sharks all-time leading scorer Patrick Marleau.

Despite not holding a top-10 pick at the NHL Draft for the first time in four years, this summer Toronto looked to bolster the blueline for the future; selecting highly touted Timothy Liljegren from Sweden with the No. 17 pick overall. The selection marks the first time the blue and white selected a defenceman in the first round since nabbing Morgan Rielly back in 2012.

This season the passion of Leafs Nation, at Air Canada Centre and beyond, will once again be rewarded with an exciting roster that will look to build on last season’s success.