Who Is Currently The Most Undervalued Maple Leafs Player?

Who Is Currently The Most Undervalued Maple Leafs Player?
By Cecil Peters
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

The Toronto Maple Leafs rank third in the National Hockey League after 51 games have been played, compiling a record of 31-12-8 for 70 points across Ontario sportsbooks

This trails only the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins overall, a place the Leafs expected to be with superstars Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares on the roster.

Toronto has built their team in a unique way with Matthews, Marner and Nylander all earning north of $10 million dollars a year and Nylander and defenseman Morgan Rielly both around the $7 million dollar mark. 

With the NHL enforcing a hard salary cap for all teams, this makes finding value throughout the rest of the roster even more important for such a top heavy team like the Leafs. 

With that in mind, OntarioBets.com utilized HockeyReference.com to gather the salary information and point shares of the Maple Leafs players (including offensive and defensive point shares). 

Once acquiring that information, we divided the salary by the player’s point shares to determine their current value at this point in the NHL 2022-23 season.

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Player2022-23 Cap Hit2022-23 Point SharesValue (Salary Per Point Share)*
D Mark Giordano$800,0003.9$205,128
F Michael Bunting$950,0003.8$250,000
D Timothy Liljegren$1,400,0003.7$378,378
* — Rounded to nearest whole number.

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Looking at these numbers, it becomes clear why the Leafs have been able to find success this year across Ontario betting apps.

Mark Giordano signed for $800,000 in the offseason, and while he’s no longer the Norris trophy winner he once was, he is a top four defenseman on any team and has played well above his salary, coming in with a value of $205,128. He has provided stability and played a ton of minutes, helping this defense play like one of the league’s best. 

Michael Bunting has also provided extreme value this year for the low salary of $950,000. Bunting spends most of his time as Matthews' winger and puts up solid numbers in a top-line role with 35 points in 51 games, trailing only the big four of Matthews, Marner, Nylander and Tavares on the team. 

Getting that production for that price has helped the Leafs run two extremely strong scoring lines. 

Timothy Liljegren has broken out with a great season as well, averaging over 20 minutes a night and really solidifying the top four defense group in Toronto.

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Dubas' Fingerprints All Over This Strong Leafs Club

While the scoring exploits of the Leafs big four get most of the headlines, to be a successful NHL team you need more than just four players going. 

GM Kyle Dubas has done a masterful job of finding great value to plug in and around these stars with players like Rasmus Sandin, David Kampf, Calle Jarnkrok and more also pitching in on relatively cheap deals. 

With Matthews also out for the next few weeks, even more players will have opportunities to prove themselves to help turn a top heavy team like Toronto into a deep team with a great chance to go on a playoff run.

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Cecil Peters
Senior Betting Analyst

Cecil Peters is a Senior Betting Analyst for OntarioBets.com. A professional sports bettor in Canada, Cecil specializes in analyzing the latest odds impacting professional sports teams in Canada, with a focus on Toronto's favorite players and teams including the Raptors, Blue Jays & Maple Leafs.

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