The Success of Zach Hyman Must Torment the Toronto Maple Leafs

Ex-Leaf signed with the Edmonton Oilers during the summer of 2021. His contract has looked like a bargain ever since.

Feb 21, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Zach Hyman (18) celebrates after scoring a goal.
Feb 21, 2024; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Zach Hyman (18) celebrates after scoring a goal. / Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
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The Success of Zach Hyman Must Torment the Toronto Maple Leafs

Of course, hindsight is 20-20.

Few could have predicted what Hyman has done during his first three years with the Oilers. He has been durable and his production has surged to unexpected levels.

Even the Oilers couldn't have predicted this.

He has increased his goals scored total every year in their uniform, scoring a goal every other game. He has also played 75-plus games in each season.

Hyman has been a big part of the Oilers highly-ranked power-play and he has more than capably filled the front-line winger role with either McDavid or Leon Draisaitl.

He has spent most of this season among the contenders for the Rocket Richard trophy, consistently alternating between second and third among goal scorers, slightly behind Matthews.

Playing with the Oilers' stars is certainly a reason for his success, but he also had the same luxury with the Leafs. Hyman has inexplicably reached new heights in Edmonton, but all is not lost from a Leafs perspective.