The Leafs need more out of their forward group

The Leafs have gotten off to a fast start this season, currently leading the NHL with 24 points and a record of 11-3-2, mostly on the backs of an improved blue line and a couple of guys named Auston and Mitch. While the overall team results have been excellent, the process through which they have attained those results has led to some concerns now that a quarter of the season has passed.
One of the most dangerous scorers in the NHL since his career began, Matthews has taken his game to another level this season. He is currently leading the league in goal scoring with 13 goals in just 15 games and his 20 points are good enough for sixth best in the league but he has been even more dominant than those numbers suggest. Always a slick puck thief, Matthews has added a newfound physicality to his game and his commitment to the defensive side of the puck is ever-improving.

Auston Matthews has really taken his defensive zone play to another level.
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— Nick DeSouza (@NickDeSouza_) February 14, 2021

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

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