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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May 2, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CANADA;  Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

John Tavares

Age: 33

Height/Weight: 6’1, 215 LBS

Contract:  Two years left, expires end of 2024-25 season. $11 million cap-hit.

Draft: 1st Overall, 2009, New York Islanders

Acquired: Signed as UFA

Role: 2nd Line Centre

Career Highs: 47 Goals, 88 Points, 2018-19 in his first year with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Last Year’s Scoring: 36 goals, 44 assists, 80 points in 80 games.

Last Year 5v5 Scoring/ Rate: 16 Goals 37 Points.  2.09 P/60 (Anything over 2 is first-line scoring)

On-Ice 5v5 Stats: Cori-For  52% ;   Shots-For 53%;   Scoring-Chances-For 56% Goals-For   53%          Expected Goals 54%

Status:  #2 Centre on the Toronto Maple Leafs, a #1 on most teams.  Tavares hasn’t really slowed much with age, which makes sense because his game was never based on speed.  

Expectations:  Avoid declining and win a Stanley Cup before his contract expires. Elite players tend to age well, so another 80 points and 35 goals is the expectation.

Notes: The Year Tavares scored 33 5v5 goals he also shot 16% which is way higher than the normal 10%ish shooting that  he as mostly done throughout his career.

He is still an elite player and like Marner, the lack of playoff success has hurt his reputation.

A final renaissance year in which he flirts with 50 goals and leads the Leafs to the Stanley Cup is not out of the question.