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Maple Leafs Milestone Watch: January 2022 Edition

In this monthly Maple Leafs Milestone Watch columnwe’ll be recapping the milestones of the previous month and setting up which milestones are likely (or even farfetched) to occur in the upcoming month.

Last Month

December was one of the strangest months the Leafs have seen in a while. The Leafs played just 7 of their scheduled 13 games in December due to COVID cancellations, which put the pause on progress towards many milestones.

Notable milestones hit last month:

  • Morgan Rielly – 600 NHL/Leafs GP

And that’s it! Rielly hit the milestone on December 9th against the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he celebrated by picking up a secondary assist on this Ondrej Kase goal:

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This Month

Games Played

The Leafs officially have 11 games on the books this month, although who knows how many of those will be played, or if previously postponed games are slid in between existing games:

  • MILESTONE OF THE MONTH: John Tavares – 900 NHL GP (1 game away) – Earliest he could reach: Jan 1 vs. OTT
  • Ilya Mikheyev – 100 NHL/Leafs GP (6 games away) – Earliest he could reach: Jan 15 vs. STL

Goals

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  • None within reach

Assists

  • Alexander Kerfoot – 100 NHL Assists (3 assists away) – Prediction: Jan 8 vs. COL

Points

  • William Nylander – 300 NHL/Leafs Points (6 points away) – Prediction: Jan 15 vs. STL
  • LONGSHOT OF THE MONTH: Auston Matthews – 400 NHL/Leafs Points (16 points away) – Prediction: Jan 26 vs. ANA

Wins

  • None within reach

Shutouts

  • Petr Mrazek – 25 NHL Shutouts (1 shutout away) – Prediction: Jan 12 vs. ARI (back-to-back game, against the Coyotes… conditions are perfect)

All-Time Leafs Leaderboard

*Top 50 placements only

Games Played

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  • Morgan Rielly (602):
    • 6 games away from Wendel Clark (19th)
    • 8 games away from Billy Harris (18th)

Goals

  • Auston Matthews (219):
    • Tied with Lanny McDonald (11th)
    • 11 goals away from Ted Kennedy (10th)
  • William Nylander (116):
    • Tied with Eddie Olczyk (46th)
    • 2 goals away from Steve Thomas, Tom Fergus, Vincent Damphousse (t-43rd)
    • 3 goals away from Red Kelly (42nd)
    • 4 goals away from Dave Andreychuk (41st)
    • 6 goals away from Max Bentley (40th)
    • 8 goals away from Reg Noble (39th)

Assists

  • Morgan Rielly (268):
    • 2 assists away from Mitch Marner (15th)
  • William Nylander (178):
    • 1 assist away from Tom Fergus (38th)
    • 3 assists away from Bill Harris, Wendel Clark (t-36th)
    • 4 assists away from Ron Stewart (35th)
    • 5 assists away from Sid Smith (34th)
    • 6 assists away from Tod Sloan (33rd)
    • 8 assists away from Allan Stanley (32nd)
  • Auston Matthews (165):
    • 1 assist away from Nik Antropov, Dan Daoust (t-47th)
    • 3 assists away from Dick Duff (46th)
    • 4 assists away from Al Iafrate (45th)
    • 6 assists away from Darcy Tucker (44th)
    • 7 assists away from Dave Ellett (43rd)
    • 8 assists away from Steve Thomas (42nd)

Points

  • Auston Matthews (384):
    • 9 points away from John Anderson (21st)
    • 10 points away from Phil Kessel (20th)
  • Mitch Marner (379):
    • 5 points away from Auston Matthews (22nd)
    • 14 points away from John Anderson (21st)
    • 15 points away from Phil Kessel (20th)
  • Morgan Rielly (331):
    • 3 points away from Bill Derlago (32nd)
    • 11 points away from Dick Duff (31st)
  • William Nylander (294):
    • Tied with James van Riemsdyk (41st)
    • 3 points away from Bryan McCabe, Tom Fergus (t-39th)

Wins

  • Jack Campbell (35):
    • 3 wins away from Grant Fuhr, Wayne Thomas (t-24th)
    • 4 wins away from Jonas Gustavsson, Andrew Raycroft (t-22nd)
    • 7 wins away from Terry Sawchuk (21st)

Shutouts

  • Jack Campbell (5):
    • 1 shutout away from Jonathan Bernier (18th)
    • 2 shutouts away from Allan Bester, Jacques Plante (t-16th)