Top 5 Most Underrated Toronto Maple Leafs of All-Time

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 04: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates up to a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 4, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 04: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates up to a face off against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 4, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 23: Sergei Berezin #94 of the Toronto Maple Leafs   (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – MAY 23: Sergei Berezin #94 of the Toronto Maple Leafs   (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images) /

#4. Sergei Berezin

If you’re an 80s or 90s kid, maybe Berezin isn’t underrated to you but in Leafs history, I think he definitely is.

First, let’s just admire those jerseys for a second. For me, that jersey symbolizes my childhood. They’re absolutely perfect with the two Leafs on the shoulders, and arm-pit holes across the sides.

Also, let’s talk about Berezin’s weapon of choice, the Easton Ultra-Lite. That stick changed hockey in the late 90s. It’s no Synergy or Z-Bubble, but you could get some serious whip with that stick.

Anyways, that stick is probably a reason why Berezin was so good and is an underrated Maple Leaf.

During Berezin’s tenure with the Maple Leafs from 1996-2001, this was Mats Sundin’s team. He was the captain and typically the leader in points and goals every year.

However, Berezin was also right up there in goals with Sundin, even surpassing him in the 1988-99 season.

Berezin never played a full season with the Maple Leafs, but in a five-year stretch he scored the following:

  • 1996-97: 25 goals
  • 1997-98: 16 goals
  • 1998-99: 37 goals
  • 1999-00: 26 goals
  • 2000-01: 22 goals

In 357 games, Berezin scored 126 goals, which averages out to 0.35 goals per game. That would put him at a 29-goal rate in a full 82-game season over a five-year span which is very impressive.

Berezin won’t crack the top-100 Leafs list of all-time but his run in the late 90s should be remembered.