Our Lance Hornby grades the Maple Leafs on their performance in the first half of the season:
Frederik Andersen = A
20-8-4, 2.66 GAA .915 Save %
Over-reliance on the Dane has cost the Leafs in previous seasons so they have to proceed cautiously approaching April.
Michael Hutchinson = D
2-5-1, 4.03 GAA .883 Save %
Everyone in the dressing room is in his corner, now the rest is up to him.
Morgan Rielly = C+
41 GP, 3-22-25, +7
Doesn’t have the offensive numbers from last year and currently in a goal funk, but at this stage of his Leaf career, he’s only thinking team success.
Tyson Barrie = B-
41 GP, 4-17-21, -3
Perhaps the veteran who most benefitted from the coaching change.
Cody Ceci = C-
41 GP, 1-6-7, +7
Hard to get a read on the former Senator, who has had different partners and a new system to learn. Has had coverage issues.
Justin Holl = B-
39 GP 1-10-11, +12
Up around 20 minutes of vital ice time a night for last year’s frequent healthy scratch.
Jake Muzzin = B+
38 GP, 3-10-13, +8
The warrior of the blueline is shelved for a bit. Leafs need him at 100% for playoffs.
Travis Dermott = C+
28 GP, 3-4-7, +7
A whiz with the puck, but how he stands up to physical punishment dictates his effectiveness.
Auston Matthews = A-
41 GP, 27-21-48, +15
Heat was on at the start of the year for off-ice antics, but he persevered through that and a late November slide. Hit it off with new coach.
Mitch Marner = A
30 GP, 10-27-37, +2
Delivering on his new big contract and has begun to take a vital leadership role.
Zach Hyman = B+
22 GP, 9-6-15, +8
How much did Babcock miss this guy? Leaf penalty killing and line deployment improved once he returned from knee surgery.
John Tavares = A
34 GP, 16-19-35, Even
Consistent in scoring and maintaining team narrative in the media. Whether you think Leafs needed a captain or not, it’s good to see someone wearing a C again.
William Nylander = C+
41 GP, 17-18-35, +5
This is his best stretch of hockey as a Leaf right now, but the acid test will come in playoffs.
Kasperi Kapanen = C-
41 GP, 9-12-21, -2
Been off his game from the start when he he was put on Hyman’s spot, but will be? heard from befor the season is through.
Alex Kerfoot = B-
36 GP, 7-8-15, +1
As advertised, he’s a strong checker and though he doesn’t have Nazem Kadri’s snarl, he’s not gone over the edge, either.
Frederik Gauthier = C
37 GP, 4-4-8, +1
A 58.3% success rate on the draw is just one of the things The Goat can do on the fourth line.
Jason Spezza = C
29 GP, 5-10-15, -4
The ‘Swiss Army Knife’ on the Leafs can still cut it, despite a rocky start under Babcock.
Dmytro Timashov = C
29 GP, 3-5-8, +1
Will likely be pressed the most of all the Marlie call-ups to hold his job when injured forwards start returning.
Trevor Moore = C
22 GP, 3-2-5, -1
Won a spot last year, but now challenged by his recent injuries.
Pierre Engvall = C+
19 GP, 4-4-8, +3
Already being trusted with vital minutes with veterans and special teams’ work, the biggest surprise of the Marlie call-ups so far.
Ilya Mikheyev = C+
39 GP, 8-15-23, +7
What could’ve been the Leafs best rookie story in awhile was derailed by hand surgery. But if he fully recovers as expected, a vital piece of playoff help.
Andreas Johnsson= C+
30 GP, 6-10-16, +2
Little Swede goes to the front of the net where angels fear to tread, but paid the price last month for his shot blocking.
Incomplete grades – D Martin Marincin, F Nic Petan, F Adam Brooks
Coach Sheldon Keefe = B+
What’s not to like about a record of 13-4-1 when the Leafs were close to falling out of playoff contention? His team still has some own-zone issues to address.
General manager Kyle Dubas = C+
Promoted Keefe to the Leafs at the right moment, but elements of the slow start were still on him. Second half will say a lot about his future.