Fifty-goal scorers don’t precisely leap off the pages of Maple Leafs historical past.
Solely three have managed hockey’s premier single-season offensive milestone; Rick Vaive thrice, Dave Andreychuk twice (as soon as with 29 objectives he introduced in from Buffalo) and Gary Leeman as soon as. Andreychuk was the final to do it in 1993-94 and is the one Leaf to have translated it to some playoff success. The 1980s groups that Vaive and Leeman have been a part of by no means went past the primary spherical.
Which brings us to John Tavares. Whereas it was anticipated he’d increase Toronto’s offence when signing for seven years at $77 million US, he’s now having fun with profession aim highs with a way more potent roster, linemates and energy play than he had for almost a decade on Lengthy Island.
A four-goal recreation Monday towards Florida and second hat trick this season introduced him to 45 with six video games to go, beginning Wednesday evening in Philadelphia. A kind of video games is towards Carolina, towards which he’s scored 22, his most towards any crew.
“I don’t attempt to fear in regards to the numbers an entire lot,” Tavares stated. “I believe you simply wish to be productive and proceed to get probabilities and make a distinction when that point comes. I do know I’m counted on for manufacturing, nevertheless it’s specializing in at some point at a time and never being happy the place you’re at.
“Altering my mindset (to simply chasing objectives) at this level isn’t the fitting focus. For those who get there, it could be nice, you’re serving to the crew out. Clearly, it’s a big quantity in our league. If it occurs, it occurs, if not, I simply wish to assist the crew get wins.”
Leafs 50-goal years
Yr GP G
Rick Vaive ‘81-82 77 54
*D. Andreychuk ‘92-93 83 54
D. Andreychuk ‘93-94 83 53
Rick Vaive ‘83 84 76 52
Rick Vaive ‘82-83 78 51
Gary Leeman ‘89-90 80 51
**John Tavares ‘18-19 76 45
* – Scored 29 with Buffalo
** six video games remaining
Shut however no cigar
Frank Mahovlich ‘60-61 70 48
Lanny McDonald ‘77-78 74 47
Wendel Clark ‘93-94 64 46
Lanny McDonald ‘76-77 80 46
Darryl Sittler ‘77-78 80 45
MARNER PURSUES 100 PTS
Those that recall watching considered one of Toronto’s uncommon ‘impartial web site’ video games at Hamilton’s one-time Copps Coliseum noticed Leafs scoring historical past there 25 years in the past this month.
With a third-period aim on Florida’s Mark Fitzpatrick, centre Doug Gilmour pressured a 1-1 tie (no time beyond regulation or shootout then) to turn into the final Leaf to succeed in 100 factors.
As Gilmour did it twice with Toronto (127 complete factors the yr earlier than) and eight different NHLers broke 100 that season, together with future Leafs president Brendan Shanahan with St. Louis, his feat didn’t get a variety of discover. Newspaper and wire accounts didn’t even point out the milestone within the grumbling about how Toronto couldn’t beat the enlargement Panthers.
Since then, as scoring across the league declined within the useless puck period and the ‘new NHL’ Leafs have been unable to provide persistently inventive forwards, that triple-digit mark has been elusive on Bay St.
Mitch Marner may change that. Although predictions of the fitting winger lighting up the league this season have been curtailed by shut checking and varied crew slumps, Marner by no means went greater than two video games with no level. When the seven-goal carnage was counted on Monday towards Florida, Marner’s two major assists and single secondary helper put him at 90 factors with six video games to go.
Solely Mats Sundin’s 94 in ’96-97 has come near Gilmour throughout the ensuing years. Gilmour was aged 30 when he broke 100, Marner shouldn’t be but 22.
“It’s the crew usually,” Marner insisted. “Whoever you’re on the ice with, you will have immediate chemistry. More often than not I’ve been on with the identical guys (Tavares and Zach Hyman) they usually’ve been a giant assist this season, discovering open ice for me.”
Leaf 100-point seasons
YEAR G A P
Doug Gilmour ’92-93 32 95 127
Darryl Sittler ’77-78 45 72 117
Doug Gilmour ’93-94 27 84 111
Darryl Sittler ’75-76 41 59 100