Top Five Maple Leafs Surprise Players
This is a look at the Top Five Toronto Maple Leafs players this season. These may not be the big name players, but they are the players who get the job done no matter how big or how small—game in and game out.
These players are emerging as role players, leaders, and personalities, as this rebuilding Maple Leafs team find their identity.
No. 5 Justin Pogge
When the Maple Leafs needed him most, he was there. A one game call-up for Justin Pogge, and he looked like a grizzled veteran, stopping 21 shots with a .905 save percentage on route to his first NHL win.
No. 4 Luke Schenn
This Maple Leaf rookie may not be putting up a ton of points. However he is logging a ton of ice time with an average 20:55 minutes per game. Has shown a lot of growth playing with Maple Leafs veteran Tomas Kaberle.
No. 3 Jeremy Williams
Jeremy Williams has looked amazing at times, since being called up from the AHL Marlies. In eight games with the big club, Williams has five goals, two assists, and a 25 percent shooting percentage.
No. 2 Dominic Moore
Dominic Moore's blue collar style of play has fit in well with Ron Wilson's coaching style, and has also been rubbing off on his teammates. Moore may not put up a lot of points, but his leadership and grit go a long way.
No. 1 Matt Stajan
Matt Stajan is the Maple Leafs points leader after 35 games. He also logs an average ice time of 16:37 minutes per game, with a 15.52 shooting percentage.
Stajan may not be a first line centre or a scrapper, but this man's grit, leadership, and passion say a lot about him. Stajan bleeds blue and white and I think it is time Ron Wilson put a "C" on his No. 14 jersey.