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TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #22 — Auston Matthews’ Pursuit of Maple Leafs Immortality

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a number of legends roll through their system over last 100 years. Some of the best, in fact, to ever lace up the skates have done so in the white and blue.

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An article written by Cam Lewis on March 1 took a look at someone who may be one of the next greatest to play for the Leafs — Auston Matthews.

That article came in as the 22nd most read article on TheLeafsNation this year.

Auston Matthews’ Pursuit of Maple Leafs Immortality

In the piece, Lewis noted how Matthews was tracking to score 50 goals which would’ve made him the first Leaf to do so since Dave Andreychuk’s 53-goal campaign in 1993-94. Lewis also said it’s not a matter of when Matthews will hit the 50-goal mark, it’s that if he will pass Rick Vaive for the all-time franchise record of 54 goals in a campaign.

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Here’s more of what Lewis wrote:

If Matthews does catch Vaive, his season will undoubtedly be talked about as one of the best in franchise history. As it should be. Breaking the franchise’s all-time single-season goal record in an era in which scoring goals is much more difficult than it was in the 80s and early 90s is incredibly impressive.

But could Matthews’ season be the best? It’s really difficult to say because we’re looking at performances across so many different eras. I mean, how do you compare Matthews’ 2019-20 season to what Busher Jackson or Charlie Conacher did in the 1930s? Or what Frank Mahovolich did in the 60s? Or what Darryl Sittler did in the 70s? Or even what Mats Sundin did in the dead-puck early 2000s?

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