clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Do the Leafs Have a Player Others Should Fear?

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Is Dion a feared player?
Is Dion a feared player?

How Long Has It Been Since the Leafs Had a Player Other Teams Were Afraid Of? - Mike Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories

...In the ‘80s, yes, for me it was Gretzky.  He loved playing the Leafs, being a Southern Ontario guy and more often than not, he had huge games against the blue and white.

This all leads me to think:  when was the last time we (the Leafs) had somebody that made the other team game-plan for us?  And as importantly, when was the last time we had a player that made fans on another team worry about our guy?

I mean, we’ve had some wonderful players over the past 50 years that I’ve been following the Leafs—Keon, Sittler, Salming, Clark, Gilmour, Sundin to name just a few.

But have we ever had a guy that would make, say, a Boston fan, or a Habs fan, go, "Oh God, he’s on the ice again.  Damn…."

Could Phil Kessel be one of those players? More links after the jump.

Leafs Links

Toronto Maple Leafs Awards Drought

Dirty Dangle with the last award winner by trophy for the Leafs. Without looking, can you guess the last trophy winner?

Toronto's Lost Russians

PPP recants on the Soviets we used to have.

Keeping Myself Honest

Blue Chip Prospects revisits his pre-season predictions

Month in Review

Jeffler recaps October for the Leafs.

Month in Review

Jeffler recaps October for the Marlies.

Joey Crabb Recalled by Maple Leafs

Frattin down to the Marlies.

It's Movember at Vintage Leafs

Check out Harold's moustachey photogoodness.

Can History Repeat Itself?

Hope in the Big Smoke wonders is this year might mimic last with regards to our goalies.

Making the Grade: NHL First Midterm Report Card

But it's not midterm.......

Other Links

Inside Gary Bettman's Halloween Party

DGB infiltrates this invite-only gathering.


Lastly, a bit of self plugging but at least it's for the betterment of all. I'm keeping a spreadsheet that tracks game-by-game stats for the Leafs; gives you their running totals; to date game averages; and projected totals for season's end based on their current stats. You can find said spreadsheet here. Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see added.