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Nazem Kadri tops NHL performances of former Maple Leafs this season




Invariably, with all the player movement that occurs in the modern NHL, there will be players that once played for the Maple Leafs and now play elsewhere. The key for Maple Leafs fans and management is to not regret losing too many of those players. This season, Nazem Kadri, Zach Hyman, James Reimer and Frederik Andersen are off to wonderful starts to the season.

As the season approaches the one quarter mark, here is a look at the best former Maple Leafs in the NHL this season. Some names are familiar and expected, especially near the top. As the list goes on, there may be a few surprises.


1. Nazem Kadri, C, Colorado

7 G, 18 A, 48 SOG, 54.5 CF%, 51.4 xGF%, 16 GP

Has stepped up for Avalanche in absence of Nathan MacKinnon.


2. James Reimer, G, San Jose

6-3-1, .936 SVG, 11 GP

Has emerged as Sharks No. 1 goaltender.


3. Frederik Andersen, G, Carolina

11-3, .936 SVG, 14 GP

Healthy and winning a bunch behind the league’s top team.


4. Zach Hyman, LW, Edmonton

8 G, 6 A, 54 SOG, 54.4 CF%, 59.2 xGF%, 19 GP

Moving to the Oilers has, not surprisingly, agreed with Hyman.


5. Carter Verhaeghe, LW, Florida

6 G, 9 A, 35 SOG, 56.1 CF%, 55.0 xGF%, 19 GP

Continuing to give Panthers outstanding value on top line.


6. Kasperi Kapanen, RW, Pittsburgh

4 G. 7 A, 43 SOG, 55.7 CF%, 56.1 xGF%, 19 GP

Inconsistent speedster can still create a ton of chances.


7. Andreas Johnsson, LW, New Jersey

6 G, 5 A, 28 SOG, 54.1 F%, 55.7 xGF%, 17 GP

Rebounding from a tough 2020-2021 season.


8. Phil Kessel, RW, Arizona

3 G, 7 A, 43 SOG, 48.4 CF%, 48.4 xGF%, 20 GP

Time in the desert seems to be coming to an end.


9. Mason Marchment, LW, Florida

1 G, 6 A, 15 SOG, 56.2 CF%, 53.7 xGF%, 10 GP

Big physical winger has carved out a role with the Panthers.


10. Nick Foligno, LW/RW, Boston

0 G, 3 A, 13 SOG, 54.6 CF%, 57.6 xGF%, 8 GP

Barely played for the Leafs and has missed time with the Bruins, too.


11. Tyson Barrie, D, Edmonton

3 G, 8 A, 47.5 CF%, 46.8 xGF%, 19 GP

Point producer who consistently bleeds chances against.


12. Cody Ceci, D, Edmonton

1 G, 5 A, 25 SOG, 49.8 CF%, 50.3 xGF%, 19 GP

Better than he was early in his career but potentially risky in a top-four role.


13. Sam Carrick, C, Anaheim

4 G, 1 A, 21 SOG, 52.6 CF%, 55.3 xGF%, 12 GP

Has spent most of his time in the AHL but contributing for Ducks now.


14. Tyler Bozak, C, St. Louis

1 G, 6 A, 19 SOG, 50.1 CF%, 51.1 xGF%, 19 GP

Veteran depth for the Blues.


15. James van Riemsdyk, LW, Philadelphia

2 G, 4 A, 41 SOG, 49.2 CF%, 51.8 xGF%, 18 GP

Suddenly struggling to score but should come around.


16. Joe Thornton, C, Florida

1 G, 1 A, 8 SOG, 60.3 CF%, 60.0 xGF%, 9 GP

Jumbo has missed some time with injury but still controls play.


17. Tyler Ennis, LW, Ottawa

1 G. 8 A, 23 SOG, 44.0 CF%, 48.5 xGF%, 16 GP

Has made a career providing skilled forward depth.


18. Jimmy Vesey, LW, New Jersey

4 G, 2 A, 32 SOG, 47.5 CF%, 43.7 xGF%, 17 GP

Got a fresh start with the Devils. Trying to make it work.


19. Connor Brown, RW, Ottawa

3 G, 6 A, 20 SOG, 45.8 CF%, 39.3 xGF%, 13 GP

Has been better in previous years with Sens.


20. Brian Boyle, C, Pittsburgh

2 G, 0 A, 21 SOG, 50.2 CF%, 50.7 xGF%, 14 GP

Back in the league as a checking forward for Penguins.


Honourable Mentions: Adam Brooks, C, Vegas; Travis Boyd, C, Arizona; Alexander Barabanov, LW, San Jose; Trevor Moore, RW, Los Angeles; Calle Rosen, D, St. Louis;

Nikita Zaitsev, D, Ottawa

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