Under-the-Radar Players That Can Help the Toronto Maple Leafs Achieve Glory

The performance of the Leafs stars will ultimately determine their success in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but players from further down the roster must also do their part.
Toronto Maple Leafs v Carolina Hurricanes
Toronto Maple Leafs v Carolina Hurricanes / Jaylynn Nash/GettyImages
4 of 4

Matthew Knies Will Be Key No Matter Where He Plays

Another Leafs player with lineup flexibility is Matthew Knies.

He has played within the top nine forwards for most of the year and played a role on the fourth line near the end of the regular season.

With basically no NHL experience before last season's playoffs, Knies provided a boost of energy and skill to the Leafs lineup before a questionable hit from Sam Bennett of the Florida Panthers sidelined him.

Knies has skill, plus size. No matter where he plays in the lineup those attributes are effective.

His size and power will help him navigate the grind of the Stanley Cup playoffs. He can get to the dirty areas to score goals and be effective on the forecheck.

Unheralded Players Will Help Decide the Leafs Postseason Fate

Of course, many of the usual factors will determine the Maple Leafs playoff success. The play of Matthews, Marner, Nylander, and Rielly will be vital.

Team defense, excelling on special teams, and goaltending will also play prominent roles, but contributions from lesser lights further down the lineup are needed.

The Toronto Maple Leafs hope to have a long, glorious run in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Their star players are most likely to lead the way. Should they succeed, you can bet that they were helped by a few unsung heroes along the way.