After a long absence (thank you, finals), #TheList returns to the hockey scene as we continue on with the NHL’s best left wingers, numbers 11 through 15. In case you missed any prior posts, you can find them here: #21-25; #16-20. Ready, set, go!
15. James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs
Over his four NHL seasons, James van Riemsdyk has shown that he can be a consistent producer at the NHL level. Drafted 2nd overall in 2007 by the Philadelphia Flyers, van Riemsdyk became a fan-favorite in Philly very quickly, playing 75+ games in his first two NHL seasons. Not afraid to thrown his body around, van Riemsdyk also found some success finding the back of the net, averaging a point every two games through his NHL career.
Just this past offseason, JVR was traded to Toronto for Luke Schenn; the trade worked out quite well for van Riemsdyk, who posted 32 points in 48 games as the Maple Leafs reached the playoffs for the first time since 2004, while his former team in Philadelphia missed out on the postseason. As he begins to build chemistry in Toronto, watch for the 24-year old van Riemsdyk to continue his physical play and produce more points for the Maple Leafs.