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

Can you take the Toronto Maple Leafs to glory with this roster?


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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: 27
Role: Sniper
Height: 185cm
Weight: 94kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 24
Role: Two-Way
Height: 185cm
Weight: 98kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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: 28
Role: Hybrid
Height: 193cm
Weight: 104kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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 Matthews

89

Playmaker Center

191cm

20

Left

92 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Deking

Mitchell Marner

86

Right Wing Playmaker

183cm

21

Right

92 Agility, Offensive Awareness, Puck Control, Deking

William Nylander

85

Right Wing Playmaker

183cm

22

Right

92 Agility. 91 Offensive Awareness, Deking, Passing, Puck Control

Nazem Kadri

85

Two-Way Center

183cm

27

Left

89 Aggressiveness. 88 Slap Shot Accuracy, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Deking, Puck Control

Jake Gardiner

83

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

28

Left

88 Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Patrick Marleau

82

Left Wing Sniper

188cm

39

Left

90 Discipline. 89 Balance. 88 Speed, Strength, Slap Shot Power

Nikita Zaitsev

82

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

26

Right

87 Slap Shot Power, Strength, Balance, Shot Blocking, Defensive Awareness

Zach Hyman

81

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

26

Right

87 Stick Checking, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

Ron Hainsey

80

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

37

Left

90 Discipline. 87 Stick Checking, Slap Shot Power

Connor Brown

80

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

24

Right

95 Discipline. 87 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

*Connor Carrick

80

Two-Way Defenseman

178cm

24

Right

87 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Travis Dermott

79

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

21

Left

88 Speed, Acceleration. 87 Agility, Slap Shot Power

Andreas Johnsson

78

Left Wing Sniper

178cm

23

Left

88 Deking. 87 Agility, Speed, Acceleration

Kasperi Kapanen

78

Two-Way Right Wing

180cm

22

Right

90 Acceleration, Speed, Discipline

Tyler Ennis

78

Right Wing Sniper

175cm

28

Left

90 Discipline, Deking. 89 Acceleration, Agility

Josh Jooris

76

Two-Way Right Wing

185cm

28

Right

87 Discipline. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength

*Josh Leivo

75

Two-Way Right Wing

188cm

25

Right

86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength

Nathan Horton

70

Right Wing Power Forward

188cm

33

Right

87 Balance, Aggressiveness. 86 Stick Checking

Curtis McElhinney

79

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

35

Left

85 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: 19
Role: Two-Way
Height: 180cm
Weight: 90kg
Shoots: 19
Potential: 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-Arguchintsev

56

Playmaker Center

175cm

18

Right

Top 6 med

Filip Kral

57

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

18

Left

Top 6 med

Rasmus Sandin

58

Two-Way Defenseman

180cm

18

Left

Top 4 med

Riley Stotts

58

Two-Way Center

183cm

18

Left

Top 9 med

Ryan McGregor

57

Two-Way Center

183cm

19

Left

AHL Top 6 med

Pontus Holmberg

57

Two-Way Right Wing

175cm

19

Left

Bottom 6 med

Mac Hollowell

58

Offensive Defenseman

178cm

19

Right

7th D med

*Sean Durzi

61

Offensive Defenseman

180cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

Fedor Gordeev

61

Defensive Defenseman

196cm

19

Left

AHL Top 2 high

Eemeli Rasanen

63

Two-Way Defenseman

198cm

19

Right

Top 6 med

*Carl Grundstrom

70

Two-Way Left Wing

183cm

20

Left

Top 6 med

Jesper Lindgren

63

Offensive Defenseman

183cm

21

Right

7th D med

Dmytro Timashov

71

Left Wing Playmaker

178cm

21

Left

Top 6 low

*Andrew Nielsen

74

Two-Way Defenseman

191cm

21

Left

Top 6 med

Eamon McAdam

64

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

23

Left

AHL Starter med

Ian Scott

60

Hybrid Goaltender

191cm

19

Left

Backup med

Zachary Bouthillier

55

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

18

Left

AHL 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. 

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