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Grading the Maple Leafs through their seven-game series loss to Boston



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With another Maple Leafs season having come to an unsatisfying end, we finish up with final marks for the group. 

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The grades reflect the seven-game loss to the Boston Bruins as a whole, not just Game 7. 

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Marks are out of 10, with 10 being the highest.

General manager Brad Treliving — 7.5

With the inherited core in place, the goal was to make the Leafs bigger and more physical on the back end and they were. Now, to improve that area further during the off-season.

Coach Sheldon Keefe — 7.3

Showed his strengths in the latter half of the series. Got to within one goal of the second round without the full services of Auston Matthews and William Nylander and amidst a goaltending change. Enough to save his job? Debatable.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll watches for a puck during his team’s game against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Feb. 29, 2024. Photo by Claus Andersen /Getty Images


Joseph Woll — 9.2

Allowed one goal in each of games 5 and 6, helping drive the Leafs to tie the series. Couldn’t have been better in that regard. At $766,667 US next season, he could be the best bargain in the NHL.

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Ilya Samsonov — 6.9

By no means was Samsonov terrible and when there were doubters, he was not a liability in Game 7. His only win came when Linus Ullmark was in the Bruins net. Headed for unrestricted free agency.

Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly looks on during the first period against the Washington Capitals, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, in Washington.
Maple Leafs’ Morgan Rielly looks on during the first period against the Washington Capitals, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023, in Washington. Photo by NICK WASS /THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Morgan Rielly — 6.5

Logged the most minutes for Toronto and if it’s a Leafs goal in OT in Game 7, perhaps the narrative here is different. Not the driving force offensively he could have been.

Ilya Lyubushkin — 6.8

Held his own defensively and was on the ice for just one 5-on-5 goal against. Second among Leafs defencemen with 29 hits in playing the fewest minutes among blue-liners.

Simon Benoit — 7.6

Made life difficult for Bruins forwards, leading the Leafs with 37 hits and recording 11 blocks. Recognized his most effective approach is simple and he stuck to that.

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Jake McCabe — 7.8

A bit of a coming out, if you will, and handled the pressure of playoff hockey much better than he did in his first go at it a year ago. The solid pairing with Benoit should be in place next season.

Joel Edmundson — 7.1

His presence and knowledge made it difficult for the Bruins to penetrate the Leafs’ net front, especially in latter stages. If he was a bit quicker and not about to turn 31, likely a shoo-in to be re-signed.

Timothy Liljegren — 6.4

The Leafs’ outcome wasn’t going to be based on anything Liljegren did. The club’s 2017 first-round pick has hit his ceiling and we’ll be curious to see what the future holds for the restricted free agent.

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Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews waits for a faceoff on a power play against the Boston Bruins during Game at Scotiabank Arena on April 24, 2024 in Toronto.
Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews waits for a faceoff on a power play against the Boston Bruins during a game at Scotiabank Arena on April 24, 2024 in Toronto. Photo by Claus Andersen /GETTY IMAGES


Auston Matthews — 7.4

Three of his four points came in Game 2 and battled through illness and injury when he was available afterward. Some tough luck, considering he missed just one regular-season game.

Tyler Bertuzzi — 6.4

For someone allegedly built for playoff hockey, Bertuzzi didn’t have the desired production, providing just one goal. If he returns, it can’t be for any more than the $5.5 million he made this season.

Max Domi — 6.5

Inconsistent, much like his regular season. When he had confidence, his speed and smarts were assets. Just wasn’t done with enough regularity through the series.

Mitch Marner — 4.8

With Matthews and Nylander unavailable for parts of the series, chance was there for Marner to assert himself offensively and it didn’t happen. His future will be the biggest Leafs off-season story.

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Matthew Knies — 7.6

There’s no debating that Knies should be a full-time top-six forward next season. His assertiveness and competitive nature in the past couple of weeks serve as great springboards into next season.

John Tavares — 6.6

The production didn’t match the fine effort put forth by the Leafs’ 33-year-old captain. Physical play was good, faceoff work was good, but could not make an offensive difference with just two points.


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William Nylander — 8.2

If Nylander was healthy for the entire series, we’re probably discussing a different outcome. Three goals in four games and played with conviction once he got going.

Nick Robertson — 5.3

Recorded just 11 shots on goal in six games and didn’t have a point. Scratched for Game 7, a disappointing end to a year in which he did some good things in the regular season.

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Pontus Holmberg — 5.3

One of two Leafs forwards (with Calle Jarnkrok) who played in all seven games and was not on the ice for a Toronto goal at 5-on-5.

Noah Gregor — 5.3

Didn’t get the call until Game 6 and provided energy in a limited role. Will be a restricted free agent this summer. 

Connor Dewar — 5.3

Provided some enthusiasm in a depth role, but like many others outside the core provided nothing in the way of offence.

David Kampf — 4.9

Didn’t supply the defensive stability required in a fourth-line centre. On the ice for four goals against at 5-on-5, most among Leafs forwards.

Calle Jarnkrok — 5.4

Did what he could after missing the final 17 games of the regular season with a hand injury, but not close to what we expect from the wily veteran.

Ryan Reaves — 5.2

When push came to shove, he was a healthy scratch for the last two games of the series. Under contract for two more years.

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