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John Tavares was held without a point and finished with a minus-two rating during a 5-2 loss to San Jose. He did have three shots on goal in 19:16 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: Even though he failed to record a point in this game, Tavares does have three goals and two assists in his last five games.

Category: Game Recaps


Auston Matthews scored a goal and had an assist during a 5-2 road loss to San Jose. He also had five shots on goal in 21:46 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: The goal was number 46 for Matthews who also has 33 assists in 67 games played this season. He has scored a goal in each of his last three games.

Category: Game Recaps


Mitchell Marner scored a goal during a 5-2 loss to San Jose. He had two shots on goal in 21:30 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: The goal was his 16th of the season and he also has 49 assists with a plus-six rating in 56 games played. Marner does have one goal and three assists in his last four games.

Category: Game Recaps


Frederik Andersen will receive the start in goal for the Maple Leafs on the second night of a back-to-back against Colorado. It's the first time he's played on back-to-back nights since January 6-7 of 2017.

Fantasy Impact: Andersen reportedly approached head coach Sheldon Keefe about getting back in the net tonight. He got lit up for five goals against on Tuesday against the Flyers, so this game will give him the chance to wash away that sour taste quickly. He carries a 13-6-3 record into the game, along with a 2.59 GAA and .917 SV%.

Category: Game Recaps


Andreas Johnsson scored two goals - one on the power-play - and added an assist in Toronto's 6-0 beat down of the Red Wings on Wednesday. He also fired six shots on goal during his 14:31 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: After a five game slide where he was absent from the scoresheet, Johnsson came up with his best offensive performance of the season. He's been demoted from the first to the second power-play unit since Sheldon Keefe took over, which has resulted in a slight dip in ice-time. But, Johnsson is still finding himself in a nice position by lining up with Auston Matthews and William Nylander. Johnsson has produced a decent total of 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 26 games so far this season, just shy of a 50-point pace.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyson Barrie has now recorded a point in five consecutive games (three goals, four assists) and has scored in three straight, with all coming on the road.

Fantasy Impact: The defenceman has looked rejuvenated since Sheldon Keefe was named head coach and Barrie has not left the goal column since the beginning of his tenure behind the bench. Barrie is the first defenceman in Maple Leafs history to score in three straight road games that were played consecutively. He looks like a completely different player and is now a must-start in fantasy lineups. His season totals have crept up to 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 26 games after producing a weak five assists through the first 21 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Michael Hutchinson will reportedly receive a start on the first half of the Maple Leafs' back-to-back on Friday afternoon in Buffalo. (Source: Kristen Shilton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hutchinson will make his first start in the NHL since Sheldon Keefe was named head coach of the Leafs. After struggling as the back-up to start the season, Hutchinson got his game together with the AHL Marlies in three starts (3-0-0, .942 SV%, 1.95 GAA). He's got another chance to prove himself as the man to back-up Freddie Andersen, so a motivated Hutchinson has spot-start appeal behind a scorching-hot Maple Leafs team while facing-off against a Sabres team that has lost five of their last six.

Category: Rumors


Ilya Mikheyev assisted on a pair of goals in Toronto's 3-1 win over Arizona on Thursday night. He also posted four shots on goal, one hit and a +2 rating. He's now up to 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 24 games.

Fantasy Impact: Mikheyev skated for 18:32, which was his highest total since back on November 2nd (18:36). He also snapped a streak of eight straight games where he played 15:38 or less. Interestingly, Thursday's boost in ice-time ran parallel to Sheldon Keefe's debut as head coach. Keefe opted to slot Mikheyev on John Tavares' left wing on the Maple Leafs' second line. This is certainly an encouraging development for the 25-year-old Russian as he's shown so far this season that when given the opportunity, he can produce. Mikheyev has skated 15 minutes or more in 16 games so far this season and has 12 points in those games (three goals, nine assists). Comparatively, he has just two points in the eight games he has received less than 15 minutes of ice-time. Simply put, if this ice-time keeps coming and he's out there on your waiver wire, he's worth scooping sooner rather than later.

Category: Game Recaps


Pierre Engvall scored his first career goal, which was ultimately the game winner, in Toronto's 3-1 win over the Coyotes on Thursday. His goal was of the shorthanded variety, and he had 9:22 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Engvall has now played two games in his NHL career, and he's had a different head coach for each one of them. However unique that situation may be, his ice-time only varied by five seconds between the two games. Engvall clearly isn't a fantasy option right now, but the big, 23-year-old Swede has shown some speed and a knack for penalty killing in his small sample size. He has the opportunity to carve out a fourth-line role under his new NHL head coach, also-known-as his former bench boss from down in the AHL, Sheldon Keefe.

Category: Game Recaps


Zach Hyman scored a power-play goal - his first goal of the season - in the Maple Leafs' 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights on Tuesday. He also fired six shots on goal and had one hit.

Fantasy Impact: In what was his fourth game of the season since his return from injury, Hyman finally put the puck in the back of the net. He has been thrown right into the mix, averaging 18:04 of ice-time per-game and is skating on the second power-play unit. While the Leafs are struggling mightily right now, Hyman is skating on a line with John Tavares and has posted back-to-back 40 point seasons. He could be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues because the potential for value is there if things get back on track in Toronto.

Category: Game Recaps


Kasimir Kaskisuo will make his first NHL start on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26-year-old has a record of 6-1-1, along with a 2.13 GAA and .928 SV% with the AHL Toronto Marlies this season. (Source: Mark Masters on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After the Maple Leafs took their fourth consecutive loss on Friday night to the Boston Bruins, Head Coach Mike Babcock confirmed the Leafs will turn to the rookie on the second half of a back-to-back. The Finnish goaltender is a risky fantasy start given Toronto's defensive woes, as they've surrendered four-plus goals in three straight contests.

Category: Rumors


Alex Kerfoot has been ruled out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair facial dental fractures. The injury was originally sustained on November 5th against the Kings. (Source: Paul Hendrick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kerfoot had gone pointless in four straight since the game it's indicated he sustained his injury. This could explain things, but generally, Kerfoot hadn't contributed that much in a third line role as it is. The centerman has recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) with 36 shots, 19 hits and 16 penalty minutes across 20 games so far. Jason Spezza was seen skating in Kerfoot's place in practice, between Ilya Mikheyev and Trevor Moore.

Category: Injury Updates


William Nylander scored twice - his sixth and seventh goals of the season - in the Maple Leafs 5-4 loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday. He also had four shots on goal and was a +2.

Fantasy Impact: That's three multi-point performances in the last four games for Nylander and this was also his first multi-goal game of the season. Maybe there was a little extra motivation with his younger brother Alex suiting up for the opponents. In any case, Auston Matthews and Willy are really starting to flash some impressive chemistry. We've mentioned in the past that he's a streaky guy, so hop on now. He's up to 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 19 games, but, as alluded to, six of those points have came in his last four.

Category: Game Recaps


Jason Spezza scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf in Saturday's 4-3 shootout win over the Flyers. He also had an assist, four penalty minutes, two shots, a hit and a block across 12:55 on the ice.

Fantasy Impact: After Spezza took back-to-back penalties while his team trailed 2-1, his teammates bailed him out and killed them off. Spezza then promptly tied things up, 2-2, with his first goal of the season, erasing what could've been costly penalties. It's been a quiet year so far for the veteran, but he's found his way into the lineup on a regular basis with John Tavares still out due to injury. Spezza has put up four points (one goal, three assists) in nine games played this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Kasperi Kapanen got the offense going on Saturday night during Toronto's 4-3 shootout win in Philadelphia. The speedster had a goal, an assist, two penalty minutes, a shot and a hit in 14:51 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old has been a bit unpredictable so far this season. Saturday's game in Philadephia was his third multi-point game of the season, but he's only managed to record a point in six of the Leafs' 15 games this year. While Kapanen has shown the skill to produce offensively, Mike Babcock has him on the third line and as one of his go-to penalty killers. His ice-time is decent and consistent in this role, but his offensive production is harder to predict as a result. He has 10 points (four goals, six assists) and is averaging 16:46 of ice-time so far this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Nic Petan was loaned to the AHL's Toronto Marlies on Friday. He has appeared in just four games and recorded one assist so far this season. (Source: Leafs PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Petan has been a regular in the Maple Leafs' press-box all season long. You would think that the injury to John Tavares would help his case for playing time, but that has not been the case. Reports have circulated recently that Toronto may be seeking to deal Petan as a result of his inactivity, but that's likely hard to do since they haven't showcased him. However, if teams like what they see of Petan in the minors, don't be surprised if he's on his way out soon.

Category: Rumors


Jake Muzzin will reportedly miss Toronto's contest on the road against the Flyers on Saturday due to "personal" reasons. (Source: Kristen Shilton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a blow for the Leafs, but given that it's not being designated as an injury, Toronto shouldn't be without one of their top defensemen for long. This report is a tad peculiar though, as reports surfaced on Thursday that Muzzin had a "charley horse" and on Friday he skated in a red "injured players" sweater. So there seems to be some confusion. In any case, Muzzin is confirmed out against the Flyers. We'll have to take the Leafs at their word that it isn't due to health reasons. Muzzin has nine points (three goals, six assists) across 14 games.

Category: Rumors


Travis Dermott has been medically cleared to return and will be activated for his season debut on Tuesday night against the Capitals. (Source: Mark Masters on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is a welcomed addidtion for a Maple Leafs defensive group that has struggled of late. The 22-year-old is coming off his first full season with the Maple Leafs where he contributed 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 64 games played. He's more likely to be a real-life boost to the Leafs than a boost to any fantasy teams. It's likely that Kevin Gravel will be sent to the AHL Marlies in a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Morgan Rielly potted a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Toronto's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins on Saturday. He added five shots and four blocks.

Fantasy Impact: The goals were Rielly's first two of the season and they couldn't have come at a better time for the Leafs. On his overtime goal, Rielly was the beneficiary of a lucky bounce as Mitch Marner fired a shot that hit him right in the chest and found its way into the back of the net. But they all count, and I don't think fantasy owners are complaining. While that goal may have been a bit fluky, Rielly's production so far this season is far from that. He's second in the NHL among defensemen with 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in nine games and doesn't look like he's slowing down.

Category: Game Recaps


Frederik Gauthier notched his second goal of the season during the Leafs 3-2 loss to St. Louis on Monday. He is already just one goal shy of his output from last season where he played in 70 games.

Fantasy Impact: "Freddy the Goat" is off to a great start offensively by his standards, but history suggests it simply won't continue. The fact that he's buried on the depth chart and is only averaging a little over nine minutes per-game through four games this season isn't much help either. To be fair, he's the only Leaf fourth-liner that can say he's been in the lineup for every game this season. However, that's not exactly a fantasy worthy accomplishment.

Category: Game Recaps


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