There may be five Toronto Maple Leafs All-Stars at the match in San Jose on January 26. But that is not very possible because of the mandate that each NHL team has representatives. If the All-Star game really chooses a player who until now is the best in the season, Maple Leafs will send five players.
Possible Toronto Maple Leafs All-Stars
Maple leaves have three forwards, Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and John Tavares in the top 25 league points per game manufacturer. And they have the only defender in that group Morgan Rielly. No other team even has three players in the top 25, while the Maple Leafs have four players. Above four, Frederik Andersen lead the Eastern Conference with 20 wins. That's four more wins than Sergei Bobrovsky, Second in the conference.
Matthews was chosen to be captain of the Atlantic Division. He is fifth in the league on points per match with 1.46. He is only the hair behind NHL's top scorer, Alex Ovechkin, on target per match, 0.792 to Ovechkin, 0.806. Ovechkin was appointed as captain of the Metropolitan Division.
Matthews was chosen by fans as captain. Nikita Kucherov maybe more valuable. Kucherov led the NHL in points per match at 1.61, and he led the league in points by 61. Matthews was the only key from Toronto to make his way to San Jose. But at least one more player will join him, maybe two.
Marner is fifth in the league goalscorer with 53 points, first in the Maple Leafs and he is seventh in points per match at 1.39. He has become the best Maple Leafs skater on most nights. And he helped Tavares set a goal-scoring speed that would make him score 56 goals if he continued. That's 18 goals better than his best season. Besides Kucherov and Matthews, Marner has become the most capable offensive player in the Atlantic Division. There is even debate about who is the best player for Maple Leafs, Marner or Matthews. Even though it's still Matthews until Marner can score like that Matthews can. Marner is very likely to pack his bag with Matthews.
Tavares finished second in the NHL with 26 goals. He is only three behind NHL leaders, Ovechkin who has 29. He is 22 in points per game with 1.16. Tavares has a career year and he has been to the All-Star Game five times. For almost all the other teams, Tavares will have a place on the All-Star list, but because Maple Leafs already has two forwards attending the match, assuming Marner is chosen, there is a high chance Tavares will miss this year. support someone like Dylan Larkin or Gustav Nyquist so the Detroit Red Wings invite someone.
Rielly has set the best career in goals with 13 and with 44 points, she is only eight points from the best total points of her career. That was with 44 matches left to play. He is 22 points in game per with Tavares at 1.16. Rielly leads all defenses in the NHL in points, goals, points per match. He is also tied for first in the league in assists and goals that win the match. As the top candidate for the Norris trophy, Rielly must be the third member of the Maple Leafs to attend this year's All-Star Game.
Andersen is seventh in the league in a save percentage of 0.923 for goals that have played at least 15 matches. But he was the third in the Atlantic division behind Andrei Vasilevskiy and Jaroslav Halak. But he was close to both of them and defeated them both in a victory with a fair difference. To be fair to Vasilevskiy and Halak, they both played far fewer games than Andersen.
Andersen is probably Maple Leafs MVP. Toronto finished 23rd in a shot against and Andersen was able to give the Maple Leafs a chance to win every night. But the All-Star Game is not the most valuable player game. If the Maple Leafs don't have such a productive rating, Andersen can be the representative of the Maple Leafs. But it was easy to see the team's goalscorer ignored with Matthews, Marner and Rielly all impressed with their offense. Especially when he doesn't have the best statistics in this division.
If it depends on Rielly, Andersen will represent the Maple Leafs in San Jose.
"Our goalkeeper. Freddy, for sure. There are no questions. "Morgan Rielly where the Maple Leaf must attend the All-Star Game.
Matthews, Marner, and Rielly should go to the All-Star Game. Tavares and Andersen have good cases to attend to, but they are likely to be left to make room for the players from other teams in the Atlantic Division. There are many decent players in the Atlantic to fill the place. This is in no way an insult to Tavares and Andersen if they stay at home. Instead, this is evidence of the quality of the players that Toronto brought into the organization for years. This is also another indication of how difficult the Atlantic Division is to play.
Even though he didn't consider this year's All-Star Game, William Nylander destined to be a talk in the coming years. That is if he can regain the touch of his score. In ten matches since returning to the lineup, he has two assists and zero goals. The Willy Watch has changed from when he will sign up to when he scored.
It is not unexpected that he will fight in his return. He missed training camps and 28 matches. It takes a while to remove rust. He looked better lately and it was only a matter of time until he began to find the back of the net and was promoted to the Matthews wing. There is nothing to worry about here.
While all eyes were on Nylander's total goal, his defense numbers looked good playing together Nazem Kadri. Nylander has Corsi-For of 55.9 percent and Corsi-For is relative to 3.7. That's good news. While he waited to regain his time and confidence, he still contributed to the game's defense. Or at least, he is not an obligation. As Mike Babcock said, do good things and good things will happen. It's only a matter of time.
Main Photo: DETROIT, MI – APRIL 01: Auston Matthews # 34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs prepares to face the first period when competing against the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena on April 1, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus / Getty Images)