Season Preview: There are a number of talented teams playing in Canada this year, but Toronto fans believe theirs is the best. The offense is sensational, with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander, and Zach Hyman leading the way. Morgan Reilly is the best of a talented group of defenders. To be the best, Toronto will have to continue doing the things they do best—scoring at even strength, killing penalties, and making things happen on the power play.
Season Recap: The Leafs recovered from an early season losing streak to finish with a winning record and a spot in the playoff qualifier. However, they lost their series against Columbus. Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and new team captain John Tavares were Toronto’s top scorers, while veteran Frederik Andersen had a solid season in goal.
Season Preview: Toronto’s “big three” of Auston Matthews, John Tavares, and Mitch Marner give the Leafs a great chance to go deep into the playoffs. By then the team will need several other players to step up and contribute. All eyes will be on last year’s rookie star Andreas Johnsson, as well as role players Alexander Kerfoot and Jason Spezza, and goalie Frederik Andersen.
Season Recap: The Leafs had the third-best record in the Atlantic Division but lost a tight seven-game playoff series to the Bruins. Newcomer John Tavares was among the league leaders with 47 goals, while 22-year-old Mitch Marner continued his rise to stardom, finishing third in the league with 68 assists. Auston Matthews scored 37 times to become the first player in Toronto history to begin his NHL career with three 30-goal seasons.
Season Preview: Is this finally the year the Leafs win it all? A lot of experts say it is. The team signed John Tavares over the summer and became instant favorites in the Eastern Conference. He joins a club with great young talent, including center Auston Matthews and top scorer Mitch Marner, as well as a good goalie in Frederik Andersen. If Toronto can plug holes in its sometimes-leaky defense, a Stanley Cup may be in its future.
Season Recap: The Leafs continued their return to the top level of hockey with a 49-win season, their best ever victory total. Auston Matthews was one of the NHL’s most valuable performers, leading an attack that featured James van Riemsdyck, Mitchell Marner, Nazem Kadri, and William Nylander. Defenders Morgan Reilly and Jake Gardiner also contributed to the offense, but as a whole the defense fell short of expectations, especially in the playoffs.
October 18, 2017: Patrick Marleau laced up the skates for the 1,500th game of his career. Only 17 other players have appeared in more NHL games.
Season Preview: Toronto fans are in love with 20-year-old Auston Matthews. Can he turn the Leafs into a Stanley Cup contender? The team played extremely well last season — especially on the power play. They will need to match that performance this year to win the division and drive toward a championship.
Season Recap: Few things went right for the Leafs in 2015–16. Their defense and offense both ranked near the bottom of the NHL, and not a single player reached the 50-point mark. Hope for the future lies in defensemen Morgan Rielly and Nikita Zaitsev., and forwards Mitch Marner and William Nylander.
Season Preview: General Manager Lou Lamoriello left the Devils and joined the Leafs, which has raised the hopes of Toronto fans. And it is Lamoriello’s smart management and the good coaching of Mike Babcock that are the team’s greatest strengths. The Maple Leafs have a deep roster, even having traded Phil Kessel over the summer, and two good goalies. If Toronto can put the puck in the net, they should win more games than they lose this season.
Recap: The Maple Leafs were good at home in 2014–15, but terrible on the road. Thanks to an 8–27–6 record away from Toronto, they missed the playoffs. Also, the team’s 13-year string of home arena sellouts came to an end. Despite star performances by Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk, the Leafs decided to begin a rebuilding program after the season ended.
Season Preview: With Phil Kessel, James van Remsdyk, and Tyler Bozak drilling pucks at opposing goalies, some Toronto fans are expecting their team to outscore opponents in 2014–15. If they do, it will more likely be the work of the defense, which is led by captain Dion Phaneuf and goalie Jonathan Bernier. Toronto added depth and experience at the defenseman position over the summer, and that should keep another late-season slump from happening again.
February 23, 2014: Toronto forward Phil Kessel was named to the Olympic All-Star squad after tying for the tournament lead with 5 goals in 6 games.
January 1, 2014: The Leafs defeated the Red Wings 3–2 in a shootout to win the 2014 Winter Classic. The game was played outdoors in Ann Arbor, Michigan during a snowstorm. Tyler Bozak netted the game-winner.
Season Preview: There is nowhere to go but up after the Maple Leafs collapsed in the third period of Game 7 against the Bruins in last year’s playoffs. Toronto made sure of that over the summer, adding plenty of scoring punch. New Leafs include Dave Bolland, who scored the cup-winning goal for the Blackhawks in 2013, and David Clarkson, a rising star with the Devils.