5 Maple Leafs players who must bring their A-Game following the All-Star Break

The Toronto Maple Leafs need a huge second half if they plan on embarking on a major run that will land them a top-three spot in the Atlantic.

Jan 20, 2024; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91),
Jan 20, 2024; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91), / Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
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Long past overdue for Jake McCabe to stay consistent

Jake McCabe has just 17 points this season, which isn’t bad when you look at his overall career numbers. But between December 2nd and January 27th, McCabe was hot when the Maple Leafs had the puck. In those 26 contests, McCabe had 15 points, four goals, and a plus-7 rating to go with a remarkable 14.3 shooting percentage and 20:44 of average total ice time. 

For everyone who thought McCabe was declining or at least struggling through a bad year given his first month-and-a-half that saw him score just two assists and a minus-3 rating, but he reminded us that he still has a lot of good hockey left in him. However, with the Maple Leafs currently moving between a wild card spot and barely hanging onto third place in the Atlantic Division, they need players from their main supporting cast like McCabe to keep putting forth this kind of production. 

Over the past two months, it’s clear McCabe has brought his A-Game, and not just offensively. Per QuantHockey, he’s fourth on the team in blocked shots with 42 in that span, and is second in hits with 60. Now that the All-Star Break is over and Toronto is back in action, it’s time to see if McCabe can keep this current trend going for the rest of the regular season.