Toronto Maple Leafs Complete Team and Roster Guide 2023-24

TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Auston Matthews #34 of the toronto Maple Leafs scores a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on January 19, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Auston Matthews #34 of the toronto Maple Leafs scores a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on January 19, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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Toronto Maple Leafs, Matthew Knies
Toronto Maple Leafs, Matthew Knies (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Matthew Knies

Age: 20

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 217LBS

Contract: $925,000 Cap Hit, expires after next season.

Draft: Second Round, 57th Overall, by the Toronto Maple Leafs

Acquired:  Draft

Role: Scoring Line Power Forward.  Leafs hoping he can replace at least some of the value they were getting from Michael Bunting for $900K.

Career Highs: Hobey Baker nomination in NCAA.  Only has 3 career regular season games but does have 4 points in 7 career playoff games.

Last Year’s Scoring: 1Assist in 3 games

Last Year 5v5 Scoring/ Rate:  1.66 P/60 in the Regular Season, and 2.8 P/60 in the Playoffs.

On-Ice 5v5 Stats: Sample SIze is too small to worry about, however 59% Expected Goals in the regular season and 60% Expected Goals in the Playoffs is impressive.

Status: Power Forward with incredibly high ceiling, made that much better by who he figures to play with. NHL ready prospect.

Expectations: Knies is expected to bring energy to the Leafs top 6. Expect him to dig pucks out of corners and use his strength to win battles.

Notes: Matthew Knies has been a promising prospect for the Leafs and has developed more every year. Now taking the jump to a full-time NHL role, he will look to cling onto a job. I expect him to develop his defensive game as well and quickly adapt to the NHL game, limiting his defensive mistakes.

Knies write-up by Nathan Bondy.