Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Players Due For a Bounce Back in 2024

Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers during first period action in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the FLA Live Arena on May 7, 2023 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers during first period action in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the FLA Live Arena on May 7, 2023 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Maple Leafs Fans Under-Appreciate Auston Matthews
TORONTO, CANADA – MAY 2: Auston Matthews #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Players Due For A Bounce Back

#1-Auston Matthews

Now this one’s fairly obvious.

It’s no secret Auston Matthews had a disappointing season in 2022-23 – at least by his standards.

He followed up a 2021-22 campaign in which he scored 60 goals and 106 points, winning himself a load of awards, with a 2022-23 season where he fell to 40 goals and 85 points. (stats: nhl.com)

By no means did he have a BAD season, Matthews just failed to reach his lofty standards. In all fairness, he did play with a nagging wrist injury for most of the season.

Since he had previously established himself as someone who could score a goal per game (he scored 50 in 50 the year before) Matthew’s downturn was clearly injury related.

I myself, along with many others, predict a strong bounce-back for Auston Matthews next season.

Look for “Papi” to score 55+ goals and contend for another Hart and Maurice Richard Trophy.

Connor McDavid had a career season in his age 26 season (he’s born earlier in the year and is a year ahead of Matthews despite both having been born in 1997) and don’t think that Matthews isn’t aware of that – he’s a competitive guy and he won’t be satisfied with last year’s totals.

A career year is possible in 2024.