Maple Leafs Milestone Watch – April 2022 Edition

In this monthly Maple Leafs Milestone Watch column, we’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.
Last Month
Notable milestones hit last month:
Mitch Marner – 400 NHL/Leafs GP

Tonight marks Mitch Marner’s 400th career #NHL game. His 414 career points are the 2nd-most through a player’s first 400 career games in #LeafsForever history, while his 290 assists are the most. pic.twitter.com/5aq1jOdxAS
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 2, 2022

Mitch Marner – 300 NHL/Leafs assists

Mitch Marner becomes the 15th player in Maple Leafs history to record 300 assists and is the fastest to accomplish the feat (411 games), surpassing the previous mark of 469 games set by Borje Salming. https://t.co/PuaTgoBwUn
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 28, 2022

Wayne Simmonds – 1000 NHL GP
Simmonds hit the 1000 NHL GP mark on Saturday, March 5th and was honoured a few nights later before a game against the Seattle Kraken.

From Scarborough, Ontario!Number 24, Wayne Simmonds! #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/QN9tX9Y72q
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 9, 2022

David Kampf – 300 NHL GP
Kampf skated in his 300th NHL game on March 27th vs. the Florida Panthers.
TJ Brodie – 300 NHL points
Brodie accomplished this feat with an assist on this Auston Matthews goal at the Heritage Classic in Hamilton on March 13th:

AUSTON MATTHEWS SCORES! LEAFS RETAKE THE LEAD pic.twitter.com/mszD4yUHZK
— alberto (@twistedleafs) March 13, 2022

This Month
The Leafs have 15 games on the schedule in April, with three back-to-backs (including two Saturday-Sunday combos). At no point do they have more than two days off during the month. It’s going to be a busy April, which means plenty of opportunities to knock off some milestones:
Games Played
Wayne Simmonds – 100 Leafs GP (1 game away)
Auston Matthews – 400 NHL/Leafs GP (4 games away)
Michael Bunting – 100 NHL GP (7 games away)
Justin Holl – 200 NHL/Leafs GP (8 games away)
Alexander Kerfoot – 200 Leafs GP (12 games away)
Goals
Auston Matthews – 450 NHL/Leafs goals (1 goal away)
Assists
William Nylander – 200 NHL/Leafs assists (3 assists away)
John Tavares – 500 NHL assists (4 assists away)
Morgan Rielly – 300 NHL/Leafs assists (7 assists away)
Auston Matthews – 200 NHL/Leafs assists (11 assists away)
Points
Alexander Kerfoot – 100 Leafs points (3 points away)
Wins
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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Milestone Watch: March 2022 Edition

In this monthly Maple Leafs Milestone Watch column, we’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.
Last Month
Notable milestones hit last month:
William Nylander – 400 NHL/Leafs GP
Nylander got this one out of the way early, on February 1st vs. the New Jersey Devils. He did not hit the scoresheet in the Leafs’ 7-1 victory.

Congrats to William Nylander on 400 NHL games! pic.twitter.com/AkBR4VJlEL
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) February 2, 2022

Mitch Marner – 400 NHL/Leafs Points
Marner had an unbelievable February, posting nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 12 games. He came into the month just nine points back of the 400-point plateau and needed just five games to hit the mark, with this powerplay goal against Seattle.

MITCH MARNER
400 Career points pic.twitter.com/VV981905xO
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 15, 2022

Marner (391 games) became the third-fastest Leaf to hit the 400-point mark, behind Auston Matthews (372 games) and Syl Apps (387) as well as the second-youngest to accomplish the feat (24 years, 285 days to Matthews’ 24 years, 136 days).
TJ Brodie – 100 Leafs GP
Brodie skated in his 100th game as a Leaf on February 10th against his old team, the Calgary Flames. It wasn’t a fun night, though, as Toronto fell 5-2 to the Flames.
This Month
The Leafs have 14 games on the schedule in March, with just one three-day break between games. That means plenty of runway for milestones after a couple of comparatively uneventful months. Here’s what realistically could be achieved this month:
Games Played
Mitch Marner – 400 NHL/Leafs GP (1 game away)
MILESTONE OF THE MONTH: Wayne Simmonds – 1000 NHL GP (2 games away)
Wayne could hit this milestone against Vancouver on March 5th

Wayne Simmonds – 100 Leafs GP (11 games away)
David Kampf – 300 NHL GP (12 games away)
Goals
LONGSHOT OF THE MONTH: Auston Matthews – 450 NHL/Leafs goals (14 goals away)
For almost any other player on Earth, 14 goals in 14 games would be too farfetched to include this month, but this is Auston Matthews we are talking about.

Assists
Mitch Marner – 300 NHL/Leafs assists (10 assists away)
William Nylander – 200 NHL/Leafs assists (11 assists away)
John Tavares – 500 NHL assists (12 assists away)
Points
TJ Brodie – 300 NHL points (6 points away)
Alex Kerfoot – 100 Leafs points (11 points away)
Wins
Jack Campbell – 50 Leafs wins (7 wins away)
It hasn’t been pretty lately but Jack has shown he can win games in bunches.

Shutouts
Petr Mrazek – 25 NHL Shutouts (1 shutout away)

All-Time Leafs Leaderboard
*As of February 28th
*Top 50 for skaters, top 40 for goaltenders



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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Milestone Watch: February 2022 Edition

In this monthly Maple Leafs Milestone Watch column, we’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.
Last Month
January was not nearly as disrupted by COVID as December was, with the Leafs only having a couple of games rescheduled for February.
Notable milestones hit last month:
John Tavares – 900 NHL GP
The Leafs captain got this milestone out of the way early, in the Leafs’ first game of the month against Ottawa. He celebrated by picking up the primary assist on this William Nylander goal, which was the final tally in a 6-0 victory.

Let it fly, WIll! #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/sISwN78nPb
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 2, 2022

Alexander Kerfoot – 100 NHL Assists
Earlier in that same game, Kerfoot had the second three-assist night of his career with helpers on goals from T.J. Brodie (shorthanded), Ilya MIkheyev, and William Nylander’s first score of the night, the latter of which was the 100th of Kerfoot’s career.

New year, same style #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/ruGN8ubizm
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 2, 2022

Ilya Mikheyev – 100 NHL/Leafs GP
Mikheyev skated in the 100th game of his career in a wild one against St. Louis on January 15th, where he celebrated the occasion by scoring one of the worst game-winning goals you have ever seen.

Mikheyev sneaks it home! #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/AY5q7NJqci
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 16, 2022

William Nylander – 300 NHL/Leafs Points
Nylander’s 300th point came January 19th, firing a ridiculous no-look, spin-around pass to Mitch Marner for his first powerplay goal in over 100 games.

And of course, he did it in 𝓈𝓉𝓎𝓁𝑒 pic.twitter.com/V7j1knNhdJ
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 20, 2022

Auston Matthews – 400 NHL/Leafs Points
I had this pegged as the “Longshot of the Month” in last month’s milestone recap, as he came into the month 16 points away from the 400 point plateau. Matthews entered the last game of January four points back of the mark, then proceeded to put up a hat trick and an assist to put the milestone away …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs Milestone Watch: January 2022 Edition

In this monthly Maple Leafs Milestone Watch column, we’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.
Last Month
December was one of the strangest months the Leafs have seen in a while. The Leafs played just 7 of their scheduled 13 games in December due to COVID cancellations, which put the pause on progress towards many milestones.
Notable milestones hit last month:
Morgan Rielly – 600 NHL/Leafs GP
And that’s it! Rielly hit the milestone on December 9th against the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he celebrated by picking up a secondary assist on this Ondrej Kase goal:

Kase makes good of Tavares’ whiff
Another assist for Morgan Rielly pic.twitter.com/YceHCbkj4i
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 10, 2021

This Month
Games Played
The Leafs officially have 11 games on the books this month, although who knows how many of those will be played, or if previously postponed games are slid in between existing games:
MILESTONE OF THE MONTH: John Tavares – 900 NHL GP (1 game away) – Earliest he could reach: Jan 1 vs. OTT
Ilya Mikheyev – 100 NHL/Leafs GP (6 games away) – Earliest he could reach: Jan 15 vs. STL
Goals
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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

The Olympics could be an excellent ‘where are they now’ of former Maple Leafs

The Olympics are decidedly less fun to watch without NHL players, or junior players, or really any players that we still have some vested interest in. The idea of staying up until 4am in order to watch a high stakes Spengler Cup isn’t for everyone, nor should it be. You need your sleep.
If you do decide to stay up for it, or even more questionably decide to record Olympic hockey, there will still be some Leafs content for you, or at least former Leaf content.
Here are some of the Leafs “Greatest Misses” that could be representing nations at the Olympics.
Latvia
Martins Dzierkals (Latvia) 23 pts in 33 gp in Czech ExtraLiga
Remember this savvy 3rd round pick who seemed destined for a middle six wing position on the Leafs? Whatever happened to him? Well, he didn’t pan out and went to Europe. He’s now one of the top scorers in the Czech ExtraLiga, and on Latvian team that doesn’t have a lot of places to look for offensive upside, Dzierkals will probably fit in with a largely Dynamo Riga driven lineup.
Germany
Marcel Muller (Germany) 20pts in 31 gp in DELKorbinian Holzer (Germany) 7pts in 19 gp …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

TLN Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to be jolly and watch the Toronto Maple Leafs dominate in the NHL – that’s how it goes, right? With the holiday season right around the corner we decided to put together a gift guide for anyone shopping for their favourite Leafs fan or just looking to stock up on some unique NHL and Leafs inspired merch. We Leafs fans can be difficult and a little picky sometimes, so we’re hoping this helps you or inspires you in some way.
Gifts for Anyone
Toronto Maple Leafs Onesie

What a perfect way to watch a Leafs game at home! Grab this onesie and you’ll be warm and cozy all night.
 
Nylanderthal T-Shirt

How could I not plug our own merch? Come on. The best gift possible for the biggest Nylander fan in your life, I’m sure they would love this t-shirt.
 
Wood Jerseys

Wood Jerseys would be perfect for the Leafs fan that collects décor or has a Fan Cave. They bring jerseys to life and hand make jerseys with official NHL paint colours and a holographic license. Check them out!
 
DSC Hockey Shirts

DSC Hockey makes some fun and even sassy printed shirts. Grab …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Milestone Watch: December 2021 Edition

In this monthly Leafs Milestone Watch column, we’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.
Last Month
November was a busy month for milestones.
Pierre Engvall (100), Jack Campbell (100), Alexander Kerfoot (300), TJ Brodie (700), and Jason Spezza (1200) all reached games played milestones.
Spezza’s milestone was especially noteworthy, as he became the 117th player in league history to cross the 1200 games threshold. He’s currently 48th in points-per-game among that group, ahead of the Sedin twins, Ray Whitney, Rod Brind’amour and Vincent Lecavalier, just to name a few stars he suited up against in his legendary career.

The crowd gave Spezza a standing ovation for playing his 1200th game on Sunday 🥲pic.twitter.com/W24VIUa0ZU
— alberto (@twistedleafs) December 2, 2021

John Tavares scored his 100th goal as a Leaf on this beautiful deflection of a Morgan Rielly point shot in the Leafs’ 5-4 victory over Buffalo on November 13th. I had predicted that Tavares would accomplish the feat by the 18th, so kudos to JT for getting it out of the way earlier.

JOHN TAVARES
100 GOALS AS A LEAF pic.twitter.com/z88 …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Leafs Milestone Watch: November 2021 Edition

In this monthly Leafs Milestone Watch column, we’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.
Last Month
October 2021 saw a couple of prominent Leafs cross off important milestones.
On October 18th against the Rangers, John Tavares notched his 200th point as a Leaf with a secondary assist on this Michael Bunting goal:

Two goals in two games for Michael Bunting #NHLonSN pic.twitter.com/nLaCxpeNpS
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 19, 2021

The point moved Tavares into 75th place all-time in Leafs history. Right behind him in 76th place? Tie Domi with 196 points.
One week later on October 25th vs. the Hurricanes, Auston Matthews scored the 200th goal of his career (and thus as a Leaf):

AUSTON MATTHEWS
FIRST OF THE SEASON! 200TH CAREER GOAL! pic.twitter.com/luC9ukm1Ub
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 25, 2021

It took Matthews just 338 games, making him both the second-fastest player in Leafs history to notch 200 goals (Charlie Conacher, 317 games) and the youngest Leaf to ever accomplish the feat. Matthews also became the fastest American-born skater to hit the 200 goals mark. He is now 13th in all-time Leafs goal-scoring, tied with the …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Julius Randle’s playoff stats are worse than Pascal Siakam’s bubble numbers

Raptors: Julius Randle’s playoff stats are worse than Pascal Siakam’s bubble numbers

If you didn’t watch the Toronto Raptors closely, you’d think that Pascal Siakam is the worst power forward who ever played given how his poor play in the bubble was discussed. Likewise, Julius Randle was almost hailed as the second coming for finally getting the New York Knicks back into the postseason. While Siakam is […]
Raptors: Julius Randle’s playoff stats are worse than Pascal Siakam’s bubble numbers – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby deserves to be on the All-Defensive team

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby deserves to be on the All-Defensive team

As Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, and the Toronto Raptors watch their cursed season begin to wind down, the awards talk and All-NBA team predictions we always love debating will start to change from fantasy to analysis. MVP candidates get crossed off the list, Rookies of the Year battle it out over their last few games, […]
Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby deserves to be on the All-Defensive team – Raptors Rapture – Raptors Rapture – A Toronto Raptors Fan Site – News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Author: Avishai Sol / Raptors HQ