Welcome, Auston Matthews!

No Pressure:

Joe Primeau - 1933-34 OPC

Joe Primeau – centred the Kid Line, 3X NHL Assist Leader, HHOF 1963

Syl Apps Bee Hive Photo

Syl Apps – Calder 1937 – Byng 1942, 5X All-Star, HHOF 1961

Teeder Kennedy 1952-53 Parkhurst

Teeder Kennedy – 3X All-Star, 5X Cup winner, Hart 1955, HHOF 1966

Dave Keon 1963-64 Parkhurst

Dave Keon – Calder 1961, 2X Byng, 2X All-Star, 4X Cup winner, HHOF 1986.

Darryl Sittler 1970-71 OPC

Darryl Sittler – 1X All-Star, first Leaf to 100 pt season, NHL Record 10 pts/1 game 1976, HHOF 1989

Selke 1993, Leaf season record for points (127), playoff points (35), HHOF 2011

Mats Sundin - Topps Heritage

Mats Sundin – 2X All-Star, Leafs All-Time Leading Scorer, PPG over 18 seasons, HHOF 2012

But honestly – just be solid.  For the first time in many, many years, there might be some help.

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4 Responses to Welcome, Auston Matthews!

  1. when you say “help”, did you mean hope??? 🙂

    • Dave H says:

      I totally think he meant hope but then again, anyone with a tiny bit of talent will be help.

      With that being said, it’s been a very long time since I have felt the leafs were going in the right direction and with Lou at the helm for two more years I think by the time he is done they will potentially be a competitor for a wild card spot.

      Loved the examples of Leaf greats, especially the Sittler RC!

      Predictions for Mr. Matthews in his rookie season: 20 goals, 60 points and he will be the first Leaf to win the Calder since….Brit Selby and hopefully a better NHL career than Brit.

    • 1967ers says:

      The whole time they had Mats (save for the Mogilny years), they wished for a proper winger. The whole time they had Kessel, they wished for a proper centre. This kid might finally have a second player with some idea what he’s supposed to be doing. I hope for help. 🙂

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