The Toronto Maple Leafs have been somewhat of an enigma to start their 2021 campaign. They’ve seemingly come out of the gate blazing hot, capturing 15 out of a possible 20 points, and are sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, albeit in a weak division. Under the hood, however, some less than stellar numbers remain a sore spot for fans, most notably their 20th ranked expected goal share per Evolving Hockey’s metric. The team has already had its share of adversity, largely as the result of injuries to important contributors such as Joe Thornton, who was excellent while healthy, and Nick Robertson, who lasted all of one shift before taking a bad hit that has him out long term. To put it mildly, the wing depth is being tested, and players have had to step up in the interim.
The results have been a mixed bag for the team since then. Jimmy Vesey and Ilya Mikeyev are two players that Sheldon Keefe and Kyle Dubas certainly would have hoped they could get more out of, especially given the fact that both have had the chance to play beside the dynamic duo of John Tavares and William Nylander. One winger that has …
Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation