Maple Leafs Career Goal Scoring Leaders
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been an NHL franchise for a long, long time, since 1918 to be exact. They have been known as the Arenas, the St. Patricks and then the Maple Leafs since 1927. And while this franchise has collected 13 championships, including 11 Stanley Cups, they have not won the big one since 1967. That has to be weighing on Canadian hockey fans, but it’s not like the Maple Leafs haven’t had good teams over the years. It’s more that there are so many teams now it’s harder and harder to advance in the playoffs and then win it all. Here is a list of the top goal scorers in Maple Leafs history to date:
Mats Sundin (420)—Center Mats Sundin began his career with the Quebec Nordiques but played most of his 18-year venture with the Maple Leafs, from 1994 to 2008. Sundin ranks first in Maple Leafs history with 420 goals scored, and while he had his best season in Quebec in 1992-93 (47 goals, 114 points), he scored thirty or more goals a whopping ten times for the Maple Leafs. And Sundin’s best season in Toronto was 1996-97, when he scored 41 goals with 53 assists for 94 total points.
Darryl Sittler (389)—Center Darryl Sittler played most of his career in Toronto, from 1970 to 1982, and he ranks second in franchise history with 389 goals. Sittler scored 40 or more goals four times while with Toronto, and his best season overall was with the team in 1977-78. That year, Sittler had career highs in goals (45), assists (72) and total points (117). He also had a whopping plus-34 that season, also by far a career best.
Dave Keon (365)—Center Dave Keon played in Toronto most of his career, from 1960 to 1975, and he ranks third in team history with 365 goals scored. Keon had his best NHL season (he split time between the WHA and NHL in 1976-77) in 1970-71 with the Maple Leafs, when he had a career high 38 goals, with 38 assists and 76 total points.
Ron Ellis (332)—Right wing Ron Ellis played his entire career for the Maple Leafs, from 1963 to 1981. He ranks fourth in Leafs’ history with 332 goals and he scored a career high 35 goals in 1969-70. Ellis’ best season though, was arguably 1974-75, when he scored 32 goals and had 29 assists (tied career high) for a career best 61 total points.Rick Vaive (299)—Right wing Rick Vaive played for the Leafs from 1979 to 1987, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 299 goals scored. Vaive scored 50 or more goals three times while in Toronto and his best season was arguably 1981-82. That year, Vaive scored a career high 54 goals with 35 assists for 89 total points.