Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Former Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team

It's always fun to look back at how former players on your favourite team are doing. A fun topic around my house is talking about how this guy is doing or where that guy is now. Finally, we got around to checking in on some of the active ex-Maple Leafs. With the players currently still playing in the NHL, we present to you:

The Former Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team

(Note: all stats as of January 7th, 2011)

FORWARDS
Alexander Steen

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
253
50
76
127
Post-Leafs
168
44
55
99

Steen has been very solid for the Blues in both the offensive and defensive zones. He had a career best 24 goals last year, and should beat that this year.

Steve Sullivan

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
154
35
59
85
Post-Leafs
677
218
337
555

Old Steve Sullivan last played with the Maple Leafs during the 1999-2000 season. The NHL was a lot different back then, and many teams didn't like small players. The Leafs gave up on Sullivan and the Blackhawks claimed him off waivers. Sully's best season was 34 goals and 75 points with the Blackhawks. Not bad for a guy we gave up on. He also gave us one of the best fan karma incidents ever.

Alexei Ponikarovsky

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
477
114
143
257
Post-Leafs
38
5
11
16

I am not surprised that Poni's numbers aren't that great since he left the Leafs. He is a very solid 3rd line player that can play some 2nd line minutes. With the Leafs he was getting mostly 1st and 2nd line minutes. He misses Nik Antropov too.

Nik Antropov

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
510
125
166
291
Post-Leafs
131
38
61
99

Big Nik has struggled so far this season with the Atlanta Thrashers, but last year with them was by far the best of his career. Antropov had 67 pts in 76 games. The Leaf's could use his size up the middle now like Antropov could use Ponikarovsky as a roommate.


Matt Stajan

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
445
87
136
223
Post-Leafs
63
5
30
35

Stajan is a lot like Ponikarovsky. Both are 3rd line players getting minutes they shouldn't be playing. The Calgary Flames will be regretting his new contract that will pay him $3.5M till 2014. Stajan also caused a little stir with Leaf fans when discussing the Phaneuf trade, some wanted to fight him.

Lee Stempniak

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
123
25
36
61
Post-Leafs
58
22
13
35

The Leafs traded Stempniak last year at the deadline and he went on to score 14 goals in 18 games proving that he could hit the net. Thankfully for the Leafs, he is back to his old self with 8 goals in 38 games this season.

Viktor Stalberg

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
40
9
5
14
Post-Leafs
39
6
8
14

Many Leaf fans miss watching Stalberg and his blazing speed fly up and down the ice. He started off hot this year with the Blackhawks and was scoring more than Kris Versteeg. I didn't like this trade at first, but Versteeg has been steady so far with 25 points in 36 games this season.

Nik Hagman

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
120
42
33
75
Post-Leafs
68
13
16
29

Hagman doesn't get the major powerplay minutes he did with the Leaf's and his point totals show this. Hagman is solid player and should score 20 this year. The Leaf's were smart in dealing him and now have Clarke MacArthur scoring more points at 1/3 the cap hit. Leaf fans do miss Hagman's wife though.

Dominic Moore

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
101
16
39
55
Post-Leafs
123
17
28
45

Dominic Moore had his best season of his career with the Maple Leafs scoring 41 points in 55 games back in the 2008-09. The Leafs offered Moore a contract extension around $1.8M a year for multiple years, but Moore was looking for $2.5M plus a year. Since then he has played for 4 different teams and been a 3rd line player.

Wade Belak

GP
G
A
P
PIM
Leafs
318
7
17
24
763
Post-Leafs
119
0
4
4
161


Fred Modin

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
217
38
38
76
Post-Leafs
669
194
191
385

Freddy Modin always had the talent and a bomb of a slapshot (that rarely hit the net). The Leaf's gave up on Modin after the 1998-99 season. After that Modin went on to have two 30 goal seasons and won a cup with the Lightning.
Brad Boyes

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
0
0
0
0
Post-Leafs
449
142
173
315

That is the only picture we ever got to see of Boyes in a Maple Leafs jersey. I still remember how many Leaf fans were pissed when he was traded away to get Owen Nolan. Boyes has showed he can score goals, but has had problems doing it consistently. His best season was in 2007-08 when he scored 43 goals and had 65 points.

Kyle Wellwood (extra forward)

GP
G
A
P
Leafs
189
31
77
108
Post-Leafs
149
32
20
52

Wellwood showed so much promise as a rookie. He was just so lazy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a player try less than Wellwood. It’s no wonder no NHL team could use him, and now the KHL has discovered his work ethic is not as strong as his appetite. Wellwood was recently released from Atlant Moscow Oblast.

Defencemen

Bryan McCabe

GP
G
A
P
+/-
Leafs
523
83
214
297
63
Post-Leafs
188
28
73
101
2

Looking back at McCabe's numbers, he was a stud D. He had seasons that he scored 15, 16, 17 and 19 goals a year. He was booed out of town because of many of his defensive mistakes. I see a lot of comparisons with him and Dion Phaneuf. Both have some sort of faux hawk going on with their hair, and both are paid to score. Both players make a lot of mistakes in their own zone and many think they are overpaid. So what is the over/under on years that Phaneuf gets booed out of town?

Pavel Kubina

GP
G
A
P
+/-
Leafs
215
32
69
101
-3
Post-Leafs
115
8
43
51
-4

I liked Kubina a lot on the Leafs. He was solid in his own zone, a great team guy, and could also play on the powerplay. The Leafs traded Kubina after his 14 goal and 40 point season for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stuart. So basically nothing, because they needed to move his $5M cap hit to bring in Mike Komisarek. Yes, fan favourite Mike Komisarek.

Hal Gill

GP
G
A
P
+/-
Leafs
145
8
32
40
11
Post-Leafs
190
5
23
28
-2

Many Leaf fans were pretty happy when Gill got traded for a 2nd rounder to Pittsburgh. But, Gill was a huge part in the two Stanley Cup appearances for the Penguins and also helped Montreal go deep last year in the playoffs with his shot blocking and active stick.

Anton Stralman

GP
G
A
P
+/-
Leafs
88
4
18
22
-12
Post-Leafs
105
6
37
43
-23

I can remember reading years ago that some scouts thought Stralman was going to be the next Nicklas Lidstrom. He is still rated a 8.0C prospect on Hockey Futures. Stralman is still pretty young and put up 6 goals and 34 points in 73 games last year. It will be interesting to see how he pans out for Columbus.

Carlo Colaiacovo

GP
G
A
P
+/-
Leafs
111
12
21
33
-1
Post-Leafs
162
14
63
77
2

Colaiacovo always had so much potential with the Leafs, but injuries would always set him back and he would have to battle to get back into the lineup. He has put up career high stats since the trade and looks to be a solid 30 to 40 point defenceman

Ian White

GP
G
A
P
+/-
Leafs
296
28
77
105
8
Post-Leafs
64
6
15
21
-2

White was the Leafs best defenseman last year before he was traded to the Flames. White has since been traded to Carolina and hasn't shown the same offensive abilities since he was a Leaf. He got a pretty nice raise in the offseason though and is making $3M a season now. He grew funny things on his face too.

Goalies
Tuukka Rask

GP
W
L
GAA
SAVE %
SO
Leafs
0
0
0
0
0
0
Post-Leafs
63
28
21
2.12
.930
7

I am a goalie. I like to think I know goalies pretty well. And I didn't fall for all the hype of Justin Pogge. I was so pissed when the Leafs traded away Rask. Yes, he is backing up Thomas still in Boston, but he will be a top 5 goalie in the NHL in very soon. Last season's playoffs were just a preview.

Andrew Raycroft

GP
W
L
GAA
SAVE %
SO
Leafs
91
39
34
3.45
.885
3
Post-Leafs
64
28
24
2.60
.910
2

Raycroft sucks. I can't believe he is tied for the single season win record in the Maple Leafs history. He has found a roll as a solid backup goalie. He can handle 20 starts a year tops.

Martin Gerber (in the pressbox)

GP
W
L
GAA
SAVE %
SO
Leafs
12
6
5
3.23
.905
0
Post-Leafs
2
2
0
1.50
.950
0

I am still pissed that he ever did play for the Leafs. He helped the Leafs play over .500 at the end of the season and bumped them out of the bottom 5 in the league. He did let Cujo have one last great moment in his career though. If the Leafs finished 5th, we would have had a chance at any of the top 5 picks with the draft lottery: John Tavares, Victor Hedman, Matt Duchene, Evander Kane, and Brayden Schenn. The Leafs picked 7th and got Nazem Kadri.

15 comments:

  1. this team could probably beat the current leafs

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  2. Nice video of Antropov and Poni
    lol

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  3. Anyone remember Dimitri Yushkevich? loved this guy

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    1. I remember him. He was one of my favorite Leafs. He rminded me of the metal guy from Tekken.

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  4. what about jason allison? you guys obviously drink too much haterade

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  5. The post is Former Maple Leafs that are still playing in the NHL

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  6. Yushkevich was awesome... but alas, the guys must still play in the NHL... I wish we still had Steen

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  7. I love the links for this post. The Steve Sully one is the best.

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  8. The Meads must have had a rough night, its 1 o'clock and theres no "Sunday Recovery" posted. Hope it was a shitshow boys haha.

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  9. It's up now Brad... and if you call staying up til 3am drinking pop and eating chips a shitshow, then yes, it was a shitshow

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  10. Hahahaha. Best shitshow there could be.

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  11. Dominic Moore should fire his agent

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  12. bahaha I remember that video.
    love my poni. :)

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  13. I would have loved to have seen Boyes stay a Leaf... I hear we might be trying to get him?

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  14. Maybe there should be an update on Belak. Out of respect I mean.

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