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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5 Tasty Predictions for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2023-24 Season
May 12, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly  Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

Morgan Rielly

Age: 29 (Turns 30 this season)

Height/Weight: 6′ 1″, 222 LBS

Current Contract: $7.5 Million Cap-Hit. 8 years, Expires in 2030

Draft: 2012 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 5th overall)

Acquired: Draft

Role: Defenseman / Alternate. Possibly miscast, at this point, as a #1 Defenseman.

Captain Career Highs: Goals – 20 (2018-19), Assists – 58 (2021-22), Points – 72 (2018-19)

Last Year’s Scoring: 65 GP, 4 G, 37 A, 41 PTS

Last Year 5v5 Scoring/ Rate: 65 GP, 3 G, 16 A, 19 PTS. 1.05 (PTS/60)

On-Ice 5v5 Stats: Corsi-For % – 51%; Shots-For % – 51%; Scoring-Chances-For % – 52%; Goals-For % – 51%; Expected Goals % – 51%

Status: Current #1 defenseman.   May lose top power-play role to Klingberg.

Active Expectations: Looking to rebound from a down year in 2022-23 by building on the momentum from an excellent playoffs.

The problem with Rielly is that he’s got an incredibly high cap hit for a 30 year-old second pairing defenseman.  Hopefully he can find another year or two of elite production, but his defense isn’t compensated much by just one point per 60 minutes of 5v5 ice-time.

Playoff Rielly is worth every penny, but at this point it’s hard to know what you’re going to get.  The Leafs would be a lot better if Rielly wasn’t counted on to be their top guy.

Rielly write-up by Endward Eng.