2022-2023 Toronto Maple Leafs Player Grades: Part 3

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate winning Game Six of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs on an overtime goal by John Tavares #91 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on April 29, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate winning Game Six of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs on an overtime goal by John Tavares #91 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on April 29, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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May 2, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matthew Knies (23) and Florida Panthers forward Sam Reinhart   Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
May 2, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matthew Knies (23) and Florida Panthers forward Sam Reinhart   Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

#7. Matthew Knies

Stats with the Leafs:

Regular Season:

Games Played: 3

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

Playoffs:

Games Played: 7

Goals: 1

Assists: 3

Contract Status:

Signed through 2023-24 at $925,000K AAV on a two-way, entry-level deal.

Overall Thoughts:

It did not take Knies long to fit into what the Toronto Maple Leafs do and become a fan favorite. He brings a style of play and element that the Leafs sorely need. A rugged, power forward who has a scoring touch.

Knies needs to bulk up, and he will. The former Minnesota Golden Gopher only dressed in three regular season games after playing in the NCAA Frozen Four. A week and a half later, he was in the same venue, Amalie Arena in Tampa, taking a regular shift in the NHL playoffs.

And, he did not seem out of place. Knies would go on to score a gigantic goal for the Leafs in the second round at home against the Eastern Conference Champion Florida Panthers.

He was then promptly hog-tied by Panthers forward/wrestler Sam Bennett in game two, who then drove Knies’ head straight into the ice in plain sight. All without drawing a penalty. Vince McMahon should be proud. Knies missed the rest of the series.

The 20-year-old, American born college star needs to work on his skating too, but he figures to get lots of looks from Keefe on various lines when the season unfolds. Knies brings a youthful, passionate style to a team consisting of many players who are about to enter their prime.

Give this lad top six minutes and he will produce.

Winger. Toronto Maple Leafs. MATTHEW KNIES. B.