These Leaf Players Excelled After Leaving Toronto

Published July 28, 2023 at 4:43 PM
BY DAWSON MCKENZIE
     
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It's well known that Toronto is a difficult city to play hockey in. These players signify just that, having excellent careers after leaving the Leaf franchise.

Here is a list of 5 players who have seen success after leaving Toronto.

Zach Hyman



Hyman was a well-known top liner in Toronto, playing with the likes of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. As a so-called "grinder", Hyman also put up a respectable amount of points while with the Leafs.

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While he hasn't won a cup with the Oilers since leaving Toronto, they did make it to the Western Conference Finals. Hyman tallied 83 points in 79 games last year with the Oilers, a jump from his 41-point high in Toronto.

Alexander Steen



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Alexander Steen was never a top scorer, in Toronto or St. Louis. But after his departure from Toronto, he managed to help lead the Blues to a Stanley Cup.

Steen tallied over 60 points in both 2014 and 2015, the years after he was traded from Toronto.

Tyler Bozak



Tyler Bozak was a long-time Leaf and a household name in Toronto. Like Steen, he was also traded to the Blues. While he never put up career highs with them, he did manage to tally 13 points in 26 playoff games, helping the Blues win the Stanley Cup.

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Nazem Kadri



The story of Nazem Kadri is a symbolic tale of Toronto's woes. Kadri was traded to Colorado after being suspended in the playoffs (where the Leafs fell short of the second round).

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With Colorado, Kadri put up an impressive 87 points in 71 games and won the Stanley Cup in 2022.

Phil Kessel



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Phil Kessel's story with Toronto is one of many Leafs players. He only played in 7 playoff games with the franchise.

Once traded, Kessel won 3 Stanley Cup championships. He registered career highs in points (92) with the Penguins.

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