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Toronto Maple Leafs’ early success

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start, which was expected by many. Held to high expectations, a young Leafs roster was given some leadership during the off-season in the form of former San Jose Shark’ Patrick Marleau. The question is, can the success continue?

So far…


The Maple Leafs started the season off looking much the same as they did last year. However, the same kinks exist within the lineup. Scoring is not an issue with the team, whereas defense has lacked, leaving the team relying on the abilities of Frederik Andersen quite frequently. The team ranks first in goals for with 88 total so far, while the team is also heavy in goals against with 77. Auston Matthews had also missed a few games this season with what was an undisclosed injury.  However, even with the games missed, Matthews sits atop the roster with 23 points, 12 goals and 11 assists. He also holds the best +/- on the team with an impressive +13.

Defenseman, Morgan Rielly sits tied with Mitchell Marner with 12 assists on the year. Though, while Rielly continues to grow as an offensive defenseman, he sits at a negative one. The mention of Marner, he is off to a slow start, being contained to third and fourth lines has not helped his case. Marner sits at a -4 with only two goals and as mentioned, 14 assists.

The presence of Marleau has had a positive weight on the Leafs team, at least according to statistics. The 38 year-old from Swift Current, Sask. spent the last 20 years with the San Jose Sharks. Currently, Marleau sits at nine goals and seven assists, putting him at 16 total points. He seems to be having a great time around the Leafs young stars.

Nazem Kadri, infamous for his ability to get under the skin of his opponents, sits second among Leafs in points. Kadri sits at an impressive 11 goals with 10 assists and a +/- of positive four. James Van Riemsdyk sits third among the pack, with 12 goals and seven assists. However, Van Riemsdyk sits at a +/- of negative four, which shows he is lacking with defensive play.

Up next…

The Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Calgary to do battle with the Flames tonight with a puck drop of 9pm EST. The Flames are coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. The Leafs will finish their November schedule in Edmonton for a match-up against the Oilers on Nov. 30.