The Toronto Maple Leafs Roster Is Seriously Underpaid

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DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 09: (L-R) Morgan Rielly #44, Auston Matthews #34, Nazem Kadri #43, John Tavares #91 and Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs . (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs Forwards:

  • Auston Matthews
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 55 Goals, 39 Assists
    • Current Contract: $11.634M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $11.175M
    • Difference: -$459K
  • John Tavares
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 34 Goals, 44 Assists
    • Current Contract: $11M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $9.5M
    • Difference: -$1.5M
  • Mitch Marner
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 22 Goals, 71 Assists
    • Current Contract: $10.893M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $10.423M
    • Difference: -$469K
  • William Nylander
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 37 Goals, 34 Assists
    • Current Contract: $6.9M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $8.93M
    • Difference: +$2.02M
  • Alex Kerfoot
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 11 Goals, 24 Assists
    • Current Contract: $3.5M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $4.1M
    • Difference: +$600K
  • Zach Hyman
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 34 Goals, 26 Assists
    • Current Contract: $2.25M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $7.637M
    • Difference: +$5.387M
  • Wayne Simmonds
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 10 Goals, 21 Assists
    • Current Contract: $1.5M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $3.47M
    • Difference: +$1.997M
  • Pierre Engvall
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 14 Goals, 12 Assists
    • Current Contract: $1.25M
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $3.49M
    • Difference: +$1.995M
  • Jimmy Vesey
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 12 Goals, 14 Assists
    • Current Contract: $900K
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $3.139M
    • Difference: +$2.239M
  • Nick Robertson
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): N/A
    • Current Contract: $821K
    • What He’s Actually Worth? N/A
    • Difference: N/A
  • Jason Spezza
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 13 Goals, 23 Assists
    • Current Contract: $700K
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $4.17M
    • Difference: +$3.47M
  • Travis Boyd
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 10 Goals, 34 Asists
    • Current Contract: $700K
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $4.954M
    • Difference: +$4.254M
  • Ilya Mikheyev
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): 17 Goals, 32 Assists
    • Current Contract: $925K (Last Season, current RFA)
    • What He’s Actually Worth? $5.67M
    • Difference: +$4.75M
  • Alex Barabonov
    • 2019-20 Stats (Per 82 Games): N/A
    • Current Contract: $925K
    • What He’s Actually Worth? N/A
    • Difference: N/A

As you can see with the forwards, the big-name players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and John Tavares are slightly overpaid, but it doesn’t mean they won’t reach their potential within their contracts. More likely than not, they will surpass that number, but worst case they stay right around the number they earned.

The Leafs are getting a huge bargain with Zach Hyman, William Nylander, Jason Spezza and Ilya Mikheyev. On the open-market, Nylander should be making around $8M per season, while Hyman could be making around $7M if he continues to score at a 30-goal pace and provides the other intangibles he brings besides scoring.

This experiment should show you that although the Toronto Maple Leafs have a lot of high-paid players, they’re able to balance it out with really good contracts from their depth.

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