Toronto Maple Leafs: Early Predictions for the 2021-22 Season

Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs (Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports)
Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs (Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a busy off-season this summer. Now that most of the dust has settled, I thought it would be a fun time to make some early predictions.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have plenty of new faces to think about as well the main core group. How well will each of them perform this season? Will they be able to reach career highs?

While making my predictions, I will take into account that certain players tend to get injured more than others. Some players are trending in right direction while others are not.

It will interesting to see how things play out over an 82 game season for the first time in three years. Here is my list of Toronto Maple Leafs predictions for the 2021-22 season.

Toronto Maple Leafs Team Stats Predictions

Toronto will be back in their normal eight team Atlantic division this season. This means they will play the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning four times.

Playing all 31 other teams at least twice will make for a very entertaining season. The Toronto Maple Leafs will get to play other team rivals such as the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres.

It will definitely be a much harder season to win games. With that being said, here is my team stats prediction.

Team Record: 50-27-5 (105 Points)

Division Standings: 2nd Place

Power Play Percentage: 22% 

Penalty Kill Percentage: 81%

Toronto Maple Leafs Player Stats Predictions

With a forward group that consists of Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner, the Toronto Maple Leafs will score plenty of goals.

Management also brought in some new players to add to the team’s scoring depth. A problem the team had last season was not enough secondary scoring.

Here are my player stats predictions. I will be using each player’s averages from the past two seasons to determine my predictions. The stats will be listed in the order of games played, goals, assists, and points.

This is how I see the Toronto Maple Leafs top ten in scoring by the end of the season. That is if none of these players get traded.

Auston Matthews: 78-61-37-98

Mitch Marner: 81-28-69-97

John Tavares: 80-32-44-76

William Nylander: 77-34-37-71

Morgan Rielly: 80-8-43-51

Nick Ritchie: 76-20-27-47

Jason Spezza: 79-14-29-43

Michael Bunting: 80-16-25-41

Jake Muzzin: 78-7-32-39

Alexander Kerfoot: 81-11-21-32

There might be some surprises from younger players such as Rasmus Sandin or Nick Robertson. If either of these players secures a permanent spot on Toronto’s roster and plays regularly, we could see some impressive stats from both.

Nick Robertson: 76-14-33-47

Rasmus Sandin: 74-6-18-24

It would be nice to see both of these young players playing regularly. The future is bright for both of these players. Regular playing time could be just what their development needs at this point in their careers.

Toronto Maple Leafs Goaltender Stats Predictions

This season Toronto will run a goaltending tandem of Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek. Neither one of them has been given the title of starter, and both will compete for playing time.

Here are my predictions for each goaltender for this season. Their stats will be listed as games played, wins, loses, overtime/shootout loses

Jack Campbell: 44-27-14-3

Petr Mrazek: 38-23-13-2

I think the Toronto Maple Leafs will have a high-scoring and very entertaining season.

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The tandem between Campbell and Mrazek will do well as each goaltender challenges the other to be better. It should be fun to watch.