Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality

Best All Time Maple Leafs – By Nationality

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Maple Leafs Hot Stove has been tasked with the challenge of submitting (for a blog series soon to be announced at a popular hockey website) a team of eight past or present Maple Leafs who were the best Blue and White representatives of the following countries:

  1. Canada
  2. USA
  3. Russia
  4. Czech Republic
  5. Slovakia
  6. Sweden
  7. Finland
  8. The Rest of The World (i.e. any country not listed here specifically)

Our only criteria is that the player must have played 80 games for the Maple Leafs.

With Brian Leetch disqualified by that criteria, the USA seems to have a lock in Phil Kessel. Czech Republic seems in little doubt with Tomas Kaberle. Picking the Canadian is pretty much a question of “who is the best all-time Maple Leaf outside of Mats Sundin,” so have fun with that one.

Let’s hear your answers.

Also, here is a link to a list of Leafs which you can organize by Nationality.

Totals
Rk Player From To Tm Lg Pos GP G A PTS
1 Mats Sundin* 1995 2008 TOR NHL C/RW 981 420 567 987
2 Darryl Sittler* 1971 1982 TOR NHL C 844 389 527 916
3 Dave Keon* 1961 1975 TOR NHL C 1062 365 493 858
4 Ron Ellis 1964 1981 TOR NHL RW 1034 332 308 640
5 Rick Vaive 1980 1987 TOR NHL RW 534 299 238 537
6 George Armstrong* 1950 1971 TOR NHL RW/C 1187 296 417 713
7 Frank Mahovlich* 1957 1968 TOR NHL LW/C 720 296 301 597
8 Wendel Clark 1986 2000 TOR NHL LW 608 260 181 441
9 Bob Pulford* 1957 1970 TOR NHL LW/C 947 251 312 563
10 Ted Kennedy* 1943 1957 TOR NHL C 696 231 329 560
11 Lanny McDonald* 1974 1980 TOR NHL RW 477 219 240 459
12 Syl Apps* 1937 1948 TOR NHL C 423 201 231 432
13 Charlie Conacher* 1930 1938 TOR NHL RW 326 200 124 324
14 John Anderson 1978 1985 TOR NHL RW/LW 534 189 204 393
15 Busher Jackson* 1930 1939 TOR NHL LW 432 186 165 351
16 Sid Smith 1947 1958 TOR NHL LW 601 186 183 369
17 Ron Stewart 1953 1965 TOR NHL RW/C 838 186 182 368
18 Gary Leeman 1984 1992 TOR NHL D/LW/RW 545 176 231 407
19 Dick Duff* 1955 1964 TOR NHL LW 582 174 168 342
20 Babe Dye* 1920 1931 TOT NHL RW 177 173 42 215
21 Norm Ullman* 1968 1975 TOR NHL C 535 166 305 471
22 Harry Watson* 1947 1955 TOR NHL LW 500 163 122 285
23 Paul Henderson 1968 1974 TOR NHL LW 408 162 156 318
24 Tod Sloan 1948 1958 TOR NHL RW/C 549 162 184 346
25 Bill Derlago 1980 1986 TOR NHL C 378 158 176 334
26 Borje Salming* 1974 1989 TOR NHL D 1099 148 620 768
27 Darcy Tucker 2000 2008 TOR NHL LW/RW/C 531 148 171 319
28 Doug Gilmour* 1992 2003 TOR NHL C 393 131 321 452
29 Nick Metz 1935 1948 TOR NHL C/LW 518 131 119 250
30 Gordie Drillon* 1937 1942 TOR NHL RW 262 127 117 244
31 Sergei Berezin 1997 2001 TOR NHL LW/RW 357 126 94 220
32 Errol Thompson 1971 1978 TOR NHL LW 365 126 119 245
33 Nik Antropov 2000 2009 TOR NHL C/RW 509 125 166 291
34 Reg Noble* 1918 1925 TOT NHL LW 160 125 59 184
35 Max Bentley* 1948 1953 TOR NHL C 354 122 134 256
36 Dave Andreychuk 1993 1996 TOR NHL LW/RW 223 120 99 219
37 Red Kelly* 1960 1967 TOR NHL C 470 119 232 351
38 Phil Kessel 2010 2013 TOR NHL C/RW 282 119 134 253
39 Vincent Damphousse 1987 1991 TOR NHL C/LW 394 118 211 329
40 Tom Fergus 1986 1992 TOR NHL C 357 118 179 297
41 Steve Thomas 1985 2001 TOR NHL LW/RW 377 118 173 291
42 Ed Olczyk 1988 1991 TOR NHL RW/C 257 116 151 267
43 Miroslav Frycer 1982 1988 TOR NHL RW 329 115 153 268
44 Alexei Ponikarovsky 2001 2010 TOR NHL RW/LW 477 114 143 257
45 Ian Turnbull 1974 1982 TOR NHL D 580 112 302 414
46 Ace Bailey* 1927 1934 TOR NHL RW 313 111 82 193
47 Tim Horton* 1950 1970 TOR NHL D 1185 109 349 458
48 Sweeney Schriner* 1940 1946 TOR NHL LW 244 109 83 192
49 Tiger Williams 1975 1980 TOR NHL LW 407 109 132 241
50 Billy Harris 1956 1965 TOR NHL C 610 106 181 287
51 Daniel Marois 1989 1992 TOR NHL RW 285 106 80 186
52 Lorne Carr 1942 1946 TOR NHL RW 236 105 121 226
53 Peter Ihnacak 1983 1990 TOR NHL C 417 102 165 267
54 Eddie Shack 1961 1975 TOR NHL LW/RW 504 99 96 195
55 Corb Denneny 1918 1927 TOT NHL LW/C 135 98 41 139
56 Bob Davidson 1935 1946 TOR NHL LW/C 491 94 160 254
57 Mark Osborne 1987 1994 TOR NHL RW/LW 426 94 160 254
58 Mikhail Grabovski 2009 2013 TOR NHL C 340 91 117 208
59 Russ Courtnall 1984 1989 TOR NHL C/RW 309 90 128 218
60 Dan Daoust 1983 1990 TOR NHL C 518 87 166 253
61 Matt Stajan 2003 2010 TOR NHL C 445 87 136 223
62 Hap Day* 1925 1937 TOT NHL LW 538 86 113 199
63 Inge Hammarstrom 1974 1978 TOR NHL LW 292 85 82 167
64 Tie Domi 1990 2006 TOR NHL RW 777 84 112 196
65 Mike Walton 1966 1971 TOR NHL C/RW 257 84 107 191
66 Tomas Kaberle 1999 2011 TOR NHL D 878 83 437 520
67 Terry Martin 1980 1984 TOR NHL LW 317 83 76 159
68 Bryan McCabe 2001 2008 TOR NHL D 523 83 214 297
69 Howie Meeker 1947 1954 TOR NHL RW 346 83 102 185
70 Gary Roberts 2001 2004 TOR NHL LW 237 83 74 157
71 Al Iafrate 1985 1991 TOR NHL D 472 81 169 250
72 Jim McKenny 1966 1978 TOR NHL D 594 81 246 327
73 Gaye Stewart 1943 1948 TOR NHL LW 165 81 52 133
74 Jack Adams* 1918 1926 TOT NHL C 133 78 31 109
75 Jonas Hoglund 2000 2003 TOR NHL LW 325 78 106 184
76 Wilf Paiement 1980 1982 TOR NHL RW 187 78 125 203
77 Joe Klukay 1947 1956 TOR NHL LW/RW 416 76 94 170
78 Nikolai Kulemin 2009 2013 TOR NHL LW 351 75 100 175
79 Andy Blair 1929 1936 TOR NHL C 358 74 83 157
80 Harry Cameron* 1918 1923 TOT NHL D 105 71 45 116
81 Baldy Cotton 1929 1935 TOR NHL LW 285 68 88 156
82 Bill Thoms 1933 1939 TOR NHL C/D 279 68 92 160
83 Joe Primeau* 1928 1936 TOR NHL C 310 66 177 243
84 Billy Taylor 1940 1946 TOR NHL C 222 66 118 184
85 Greg Terrion 1983 1988 TOR NHL LW 427 66 103 169
86 Dan Maloney 1978 1982 TOR NHL LW 270 65 84 149
87 Alexander Mogilny 2002 2004 TOR NHL RW 176 65 101 166
88 Glenn Anderson* 1992 1994 TOR NHL RW 221 63 94 157
89 Buzz Boll 1934 1939 TOR NHL LW 213 61 39 100
90 Igor Korolev 1998 2001 TOR NHL RW 297 60 101 161
91 Pat Boutette 1976 1980 TOR NHL RW/LW 349 59 82 141
92 Todd Gill 1985 1996 TOR NHL D 639 59 210 269
93 Rick Kehoe 1972 1974 TOR NHL RW 184 59 72 131
94 Rudy Migay 1950 1960 TOR NHL C 418 59 92 151
95 Walt Poddubny 1982 1986 TOR NHL C/LW 186 59 86 145
96 Cal Gardner 1949 1952 TOR NHL C 220 58 95 153
97 George Ferguson 1973 1978 TOR NHL RW/C 359 57 110 167
98 Bill Ezinicki 1945 1950 TOR NHL RW 271 56 79 135
99 Bert Olmstead* 1959 1962 TOR NHL LW 246 56 109 165
100 Rocky Saganiuk 1979 1983 TOR NHL RW 230 56 62 118
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2013.

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]

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516 comments
Double Down
Double Down

Sweden - Borje Salming; US - Kessel it seems; Russia, hmmm, who really qualifies, Borshevski?  Kulemin?  Kaberle is my given, I don't know enough Finns or Slovaks.  Canadian - Keon over Sittler.

Cameron19
Cameron19

I don't like the sound of the word "outbid" in Cox's Tweet.  Ranger should be a depth signing for a million or less, much like Redden and Gomez last year.  He hasn't played in the NHL for years and should not be attracting bidding wars based on hopes and dreams of what he may or may not be. 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

We don't even have the cap space to sign Kadri, Franson and Fraser without moving someone. How can we afford Ranger? Bye bye Franson?

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Have to wait and see..

But yes,Ranger is a question mark in many ways

Would be less worried if we weren't up against the cap

rustynail
rustynail

@-Keon- I suspect some shuffling of D for sure if Ranger does sign and not sure how expensive he would be being out for so long

ingy56
ingy56

@-Keon- Yeah, makes me think Nonis has a deal in place for Liles and this signing is a replacement. 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

He had to go, anyways. Probably need to move Liles and someone else to fit Franson, Kadri and Ranger. Too bad we can't walk away from Fraser's arb. ruling.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Doorman @Uncle Otis 

trying to make it work for you conveniently too

Haliburton is much closer than Elliot,,,maybe before you head up/after the shin dig?

Doorman
Doorman

@Uncle Otis @Doorman You set the time and I will come down.  I want to see my cousins on the Island as well.  Been a long time since I was there now!!!

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Doorman 

Elliot Lake...that's a long haul from the Pointe

Thought you were hanging out in Parry Hoot?

Doorman
Doorman

@Uncle Otis @Doorman Im rolling in on the 9th but I have a reunion Im going to in haliburton.  Then Im heading up to Elliot lake for the rest of my time till the 30th.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Doorman 

Still waiting on sitter feedback(grandparents are up there now)

When are you rolling in..any earlier dates?

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

I was actually thinking about that yesterday. Nonis might as well put Liles on waivers, just to see if anyone takes him.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@DWCMLHS 

Mor like too bad we can't bury Liles

You have to thin the Oliers were in hard on Ranger...maybe we can peddle them JML as a consolation prize.

Im sure they would love/prefer  Franson however ;(

ingy56
ingy56

@Dink @ingy56 @Burtonboy I think he's on vacation after his stressful Wimbledon reporting assignment.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Dink @ingy56 Usually Cox is dead on when he reports trades or signings . Its the other stuff he write thats drives people nuts 

ingy56
ingy56

@Dink @ingy56 He's never been one to wade into the rumour pool with regularity so if he's coming out with this I have to think it may have some merit.