It’s been a long journey but we’ve finally ended up exactly where we thought we’d all be, and that is acknowledging Mats Sundin as the Greatest Leaf of All-Time.
At the end of the day, there are a lot of factors that come into naming Mats the champion, for one, no one has been a more dominant Leaf over the past 53 years. There might have been better single seasons, but no one has as full a resume over that time. Now, there are a lot of cups, individual awards, etc. in that previous 50 years. There are players like Bower, Keon, Mahovlich, Conacher, Dye, Primeau, etc. that you might pull out of history books as worthy of consideration, but generally these are players we’ve only heard about, never seen and experienced first hand. Bower was a great ambassador for the organization, but not many of us watched him play. Most of us have seen Sundin, and he’s got that going for him, and being unquestionably the best player over 53 years of an organization is pretty significant.
Looking at the career of Sundin, he checks a lot of boxes outside …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation