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07 Feb 2019

NHL 19: Toronto Maple Leafs Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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John Tavares, Center, 90 OVR

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Morgan Rielly, Defenseman, 86 OVR

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Frederik Andersen  , Goaltender, 88 OVR

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NHL 19 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster

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Timothy Liljegren, Defenseman, 75 OVR

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NHL 19 Toronto Maple Leafs Top Prospects

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Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ incredibly talented young core helped to break the team into the playoffs. It was a short-lived run in the postseason, but one that was enough for the fanbase and management to crave even more this season. After adding John Tavares in the summer, many saw the Buds as the frontrunners to win it all in 2019, and while they’re not the strongest team in the Eastern Conference, the Maple Leafs will certainly be in the mix. 

John Tavares, Center, 90 OVR

Age: 27Role: SniperHeight: 185cmWeight: 94kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 94 Deking, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Wrist Shot Accuracy

For many years, John Tavares carried the New York Islanders as far he possibly could while management failed to build, or maintain, a worthy team around him. Now with the Maple Leafs, Tavares is flourishing on a team that will contend in the playoffs for many years. Having scored 37 goals and 84 points last season, Tavares is set to put up even more points in this campaign with 30 goals and 54 points through 51 games. He’s one of the most lethal snipers in NHL 19, with 94s across all puck skills, 91 wrist shot power, 92 slap shot power, 93 slap shot accuracy, and 94 wrist shot accuracy. 

Morgan Rielly, Defenseman, 86 OVR

Age: 24Role: Two-WayHeight: 185cmWeight: 98kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 90 Deking, Passing, Puck Control, Discipline, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed 

One of the go-to criticisms of the Toronto Maple Leafs to disband their championship hopes is often the team’s lack of high-quality defensemen. It’s said that Stanley Cup winners need to have an elite-level defenseman in their lines, such as John Carlson, Kris Letang, Duncan Keith, or Drew Doughty, so this season, Morgan Rielly has been trying to become that defenseman. His 52 points last season was good, but his -4 rating showed defensive frailties. This season, Rielly boasts a +24 rating through 51 games as well as 52 points. In NHL 19, he’s a very mobile skater and great at moving the puck with 90s across the speed attributes and most puck skills.

Frederik Andersen, Goaltender, 88 OVR

Age: 28Role: HybridHeight: 193cmWeight: 104kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 91 Vision, Angles, Stick Low, Recover 

The Toronto Maple Leafs were flying atop the NHL before starting goaltender Frederik Andersen picked up an injury. The Danish netminder has become crucial to the Buds, starting a massive 66 games last season but still maintaining a .918 save percentage. In the game, he’s also a very reliable goaltender, boasting ratings of 90 for breakaway and five-hole, but a susceptible 87 for stick high.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first lines start. Despite not having Mitchell Marner, Jake Gardiner, or John Tavares on the first line, the Buds host a very menacing top set. Whenever Auston Matthews is on the ice in NHL 19, you have a great chance of scoring a goal. 

NHL 19 Toronto Maple Leafs Roster

Patrick Marleau (82) – Auston Matthews (89) – William Nylander (85)Morgan Rielly (86) – Ron Hainsey (80)Frederik Andersen (88)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Auston Matthews89Playmaker Center191cm20Left92 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Deking
Mitchell Marner86Right Wing Playmaker183cm21Right92 Agility, Offensive Awareness, Puck Control, Deking
William Nylander85Right Wing Playmaker183cm22Right92 Agility. 91 Offensive Awareness, Deking, Passing, Puck Control
Nazem Kadri85Two-Way Center183cm27Left89 Aggressiveness. 88 Slap Shot Accuracy, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Deking, Puck Control
Jake Gardiner83Two-Way Defenseman188cm28Left88 Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Patrick Marleau82Left Wing Sniper188cm39Left90 Discipline. 89 Balance. 88 Speed, Strength, Slap Shot Power
Nikita Zaitsev82Two-Way Defenseman188cm26Right87 Slap Shot Power, Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking, Defensive Awareness
Zach Hyman81Two-Way Right Wing185cm26Right87 Stick Checking, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength
Ron Hainsey80Defensive Defenseman191cm37Left90 Discipline. 87 Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power
Connor Brown80Two-Way Right Wing183cm24Right95 Discipline. 87 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
*Connor Carrick80Two-Way Defenseman178cm24Right87 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Travis Dermott79Two-Way Defenseman180cm21Left88 Speed, Acceleration. 87 Agility, Slap Shot Power
Andreas Johnsson78Left Wing Sniper178cm23Left88 Deking. 87 Agility, Speed, Acceleration
Kasperi Kapanen78Two-Way Right Wing180cm22Right90 Acceleration, Speed, Discipline
Tyler Ennis78Right Wing Sniper175cm28Left90 Discipline, Deking. 89 Acceleration, Agility
Josh Jooris76Two-Way Right Wing185cm28Right87 Discipline. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength
*Josh Leivo75Two-Way Right Wing188cm25Right86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength
Nathan Horton70Right Wing Power Forward188cm33Right87 Balance, Aggressiveness. 86 Stick Checking
Curtis McElhinney79Hybrid Goaltender188cm35Left85 Puck Playing Frequency, Agility, Speed

*Connor Carrick traded to the Dallas Stars on October 1.*Josh Leivo traded to the Vancouver Canucks on December 3.

Timothy Liljegren, Defenseman, 75 OVR

Age: 19Role: Two-WayHeight: 180cmWeight: 90kgShoots: 19Potential: Elite med

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to Timothy Liljegren to plug holes in their defense in the coming years, even with the traded-in Jake Muzzin on the team. If you’re willing to give him top-six minutes, Liljegren can quickly develop into one of the team’s best defensemen. 

It appears as though the Maple Leafs know about their frailties on the blueline and are hoping that at least one of their many defensive prospects come up big for them down the line. Rasmus Sandin has the makings of a great blueliner, but Eemeli Rasanen could make for a solid third-line defenseman once his overall rating grows to top 75. 

NHL 19 Toronto Maple Leafs Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev56Playmaker Center175cm18RightTop 6 med
Filip Kral57Two-Way Defenseman180cm18LeftTop 6 med
Rasmus Sandin58Two-Way Defenseman180cm18LeftTop 4 med
Riley Stotts58Two-Way Center183cm18LeftTop 9 med
Ryan McGregor57Two-Way Center183cm19LeftAHL Top 6 med
Pontus Holmberg57Two-Way Right Wing175cm19LeftBottom 6 med
Mac Hollowell58Offensive Defenseman178cm19Right7th D med
*Sean Durzi61Offensive Defenseman180cm19RightTop 6 med
Fedor Gordeev61Defensive Defenseman196cm19LeftAHL Top 2 high
Eemeli Rasanen63Two-Way Defenseman198cm19RightTop 6 med
*Carl Grundstrom70Two-Way Left Wing183cm20LeftTop 6 med
Jesper Lindgren63Offensive Defenseman183cm21Right7th D med
Dmytro Timashov71Left Wing Playmaker178cm21LeftTop 6 low
*Andrew Nielsen74Two-Way Defenseman191cm21LeftTop 6 med
Eamon McAdam64Hybrid Goaltender191cm23LeftAHL Starter med
Ian Scott60Hybrid Goaltender191cm19LeftBackup med
Zachary Bouthillier55Hybrid Goaltender188cm18LeftAHL Starter med

*Andrew Nielsen traded to the Calgary Flames on November 27.*Carl Grundstrom traded to the Los Angeles Kings on January 28.*Sean Durzi traded to the Los Angeles Kings on January 28.