My guess is you’ve searched this page out because you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.
If I’m right, that also means that today’s grid is asking for players that have played for both the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
And, I’m also guessing that you’re a little stuck on this particular square and you’re looking for a little help to keep your grid immaculate. Sound about right so far?
Well, good news, I’m here to help.
I’ve already done the research and have put together a list of well-known stars along with some more “under-the-radar” players that could land you a low rarity score.
Mathieu Schneider began his NHL journey after being drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the third round of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He would go on to play for the Canadiens for several seasons, even being a part of their Stanley Cup-winning squad in 1993.
His NHL career spanned over two decades, during which he played for multiple teams (10 in total), including the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Rangers, Kings, Red Wings, Ducks, Thrashers, Canucks, and Coyotes.
Offensively skilled, Schneider often posted impressive point totals for a defenseman, culminating in over 700 points throughout his NHL career.
Mats Sundin was selected first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Sundin’s impressive career includes several accolades, such as being named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2002. He scored over 500 goals and more than 1,300 points in his NHL career.
In 1994, Sundin was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he would become the franchise’s all-time leader in goals and points. Serving as captain for much of his tenure in Toronto, he became one of the most beloved players in Maple Leafs’ history.
Mats Sundin’s combination of size, skill, and leadership made him one of the premier centers of his generation, and his impact on the game, especially in Toronto, continues to be felt long after his retirement.
Sundin Key Stats
- Hall of Fame (Maple Leafs, Nordiques, Canucks)
- All-Star (Maple Leafs)
- 1000+ Career Points (Maple Leafs, Nordiques, Canucks)
- 500+ Career Goals (Maple Leafs, Nordiques, Canucks)
- 100+ Point Season (Maple Leafs)
- 40+ Goal Season (Nordiques, Maple Leafs)
- 50+ Assist Season (Nordiques, Maple Leafs)
Luke Schenn, a Canadian defenseman, has had a solid NHL career. He began his journey with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who selected him fifth overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Schenn quickly made an impact, earning a spot on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team following his first season.
His time with the Maple Leafs lasted until 2012, when he was traded to the Flyers, giving him the unique opportunity to play alongside his younger brother, Brayden Schenn. Schenn’s career continued with several team changes including the Kings, Coyotes, Ducks, Canucks and Lightning (where he won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021).
In the 2022-23 season, Schenn became the NHL’s all-time leader in hits by a defenseman. Despite his defensive prowess, he was traded back to the Toronto Maple Leafs before the trade deadline. Following this season, as a free agent, he signed a three-year contract with the Nashville Predators in July 2023, continuing his impactful NHL career.
Ben Hutton is a Canadian defenseman currently playing for the Vegas Golden Knights. Hutton’s journey to the NHL began with his selection by the Vancouver Canucks, 147th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Hutton’s pro career saw him start with the Canucks in 2015, moving on to play for the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and Toronto Maple Leafs, before joining the Vegas Golden Knights. His career statistics in the NHL as of 2023 include 22 goals and 90 assists in 468 regular season games, and he has appeared in 2 playoff games.
His international achievements include representing Canada at the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, winning silver, and at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, where he won gold. Hutton achieved the pinnacle of NHL success by winning the Stanley Cup with the Golden Knights in 2023.
Hutton Key Stats
- Stanley Cup Champion (Knights)
Peter Zezel was a skilled Canadian player, selected 41st overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut at the age of 19, scoring 61 points and setting a Flyers’ rookie record with 46 assists. His early career was marked by offensive prowess, and he was instrumental in the Flyers reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.
Zezel later joined the St. Louis Blues, where he had some of his best seasons, including a career-high 49 assists and 70 points in the 1988-89 season. Zezel’s career trajectory shifted after being traded to the Capitals in 1990 and subsequently to the Maple Leafs. His role evolved to a defensive specialist, particularly in Toronto.
Throughout his NHL career, Zezel played in 873 games, scoring 219 goals and 388 assists, totaling 607 points. He is remembered for his strong faceoff skills and versatile playing style, adapting from an offensive player to a defensive specialist over his career.