Alexander Kerfoot finds himself in a peculiar middle ground among the Toronto Maple Leafs forward group heading into this season. Somewhat unfairly judged by the fanbase due to the fact he essentially replaced Nazem Kadri, Kerfoot has failed to live up to the expectations set upon him to become Toronto’s play driving third-line centre.
Following an offseason where many thought he was on the chopping block, Kerfoot enters his third season with the Maple Leafs in what feels like a make or break year for his tenure in the organization. Either he finally solidifies his place as a two-way play driving 3C, shifts back to the wing and becomes a complementary top-six winger, or he ends up being shipped out of town.
Five Important Stats
2020/21 SH TOI
2020/21 5v5 CF%
2021 Points (Playoffs)
It was a tough season for Alexander Kerfoot in 2020/21. His best value probably came on the penalty kill, eating 85:21 of shorthanded time-on-ice to rank third on the team among forwards.
While the PK ability is appreciated, it also can’t be the primary value Kerfoot is providing. When operating as the 3C, the third line just never got rolling as evidenced by Kerfoot’s career-low …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation