The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a few injury concerns recently, but it hasn’t slowed them down.
Although we’ve yet to see this Toronto Maple Leafs team 100 percent healthy yet, they’ve been firing on all cylinders. Regardless of which 20 players dress, the team typically finds a way to win.
The Leafs were one of the most active teams at the NHL Trade Deadline this year, despite being the best team in their division. Instead of being complacent with a winning culture, Kyle Dubas traded for four players who could help their depth and make them better.
Nick Foligno was clearly the biggest transaction and one that will help the team the most, but the other three deals shouldn’t go unnoticed. Riley Nash and Ben Hutton may have to play important playoff minutes, while David Rittich is a much better option than Michael Hutchinson.
Rittich may have played one of the worst games of any goalie this season against the Vancouver Canucks last week, but that’s not his typical performance. He’s not a netminder you want to relay upon during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, but he’s much-added depth, which is important to have.
Since the team added, without subtracting many roster players, it bunched up the entire depth chart. As such, it’s going to potentially restrict some playing time for those who previously thought their job was secure.
As a player who wants to be a difference-maker come playoff time, that’s a scary feeling, but for the organization, it’s a great problem to have. Toronto has 15 forwards, eight defenseman and four goalies that could all play regular minutes in the NHL, so there’s going to a logjam once everyone is healthy.
As a result, here are three players that should be very concerned about their job security, come playoff time.