Ranking the 5 Best European Players in Toronto Maple Leafs’ History

January 30th, 2015 by James Onusko Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs could use some players from any and every hockey-playing continent, given their current team standings. Playoffs in 2014-15 look like a pipe dream now.

While many talented players in the NHL continue to have North American roots, the Maple Leafs have a rich history of very good European-born players.

The Leafs have four European skaters on their current roster, but their top prospect, William Nylander, is a European-trained player who is expected to be an impact attacking winger in the very near future.

Let's rank the the five best European players, in ascending order, in the Maple Leafs' long history. Players must have played at least three seasons with the club to qualify and are judged mainly on their time with the organization.

Honorable mentions go to Nik Antropov, Nikolai Borschevsky, Alex Ponikarovsky, Robert Reichel, Marian Stastny and Alexander Steen. 

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