Hard to argue with Keon as No. 1

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

Five or 50 years from now, history might judge a book on the best 100 Maple Leafs quite differently.

Mats Sundin, who last week became the franchise's leading scorer with 917 points, might be higher than 12th, while one of the team's younger stars could push Al Rollins (No. 100) out.

But today there is little argument about making Dave Keon, the best of the lot in Maple Leafs Top 100, an excellent coffee table book by life-long Leafs fan/author Mike Leonetti, with essays by former Sun Leafs beat writer John Iaboni.

The top 10: Keon, the brilliant centre and key to four Stanley Cups; five-time Cup winner Ted Kennedy; three-time all-star Syl Apps, scoring winger Frank Mahovlich; Darryl Sittler, keeper of the flame through the 1970s; Charlie Conacher, the Leafs' first star player; fearless goalie Johnny Bower; rock solid defenceman Tim Horton; franchise goaltending wins leader Turk Broda and the graceful Swedish defender, Borje Salming.

Sundin checks in at 12th behind 1960s hero Red Kelly.

The list was a pool vote from Leafs sportswriters and broadcasters such as Milt Dunnell, Bill Watters, Frank Orr, Frank Selke and Joe Bowen.


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