Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Still Crowds Top 10

By George Clifford
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with fourteen seconds remaining in the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with fourteen seconds remaining in the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 29, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) makes a save during warmup against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 23: Toronto Maple Leafs

Previous: 19th

Season record: 10-8-4 (24 points)

With six players in the top 27 in rookie scoring, the Maple Leafs have one of the most prolific groups of first-year players over the past 25 years. Mitch Marner (19), Auston Matthews (18), and William Nylander (16) lead the freshman class with a combined 53 points, and seven Toronto players have scored at least 12 points this season.

Sporting a minus-1 goal differential, the Maple Leafs will need to improve play on the other side of the puck. Starting goalie Frederik Andersen has been average with a record of 10-6-3 and 2.92 goals-against average.

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