Toronto Maple Leafs: Free Agents to Watch in the Final Four

Jan 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; The Toronto Maple Leafs line up for the national anthem before playing the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; The Toronto Maple Leafs line up for the national anthem before playing the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 16, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) . Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Beauvillier, NYI, LW, 5’11, 182 lbs, 24 yrs, $2,400,000

If we have seen anything about Anthony Beauvillier in these playoffs, is that he is a playoff performer, something the Toronto Maple Leafs could really use. There’s no doubt that Matthews and Marner will get hot again, but if that’s not in the playoffs, at least they’ll have Beauvillier to rely on.

He scored 15 goals and got 13 assists, totaling 28 points in 47 games in the regular season. That’s an average of 0.6 points per game. In the playoffs, however, he has scored four goals and eight assists for a total of 12 points in 16 games. This averages 0.75 points per game.

Pros:

  • Not only is Beauvillier a playoff performer, but he also has good numbers during the regular season, so he wouldn’t be too difficult to include in the lineup.
  • His $2.4 million contract is also reasonable for his role considering his age. He could easily be on the second line with John Tavares and William Nylander.

Cons:

  • If he were to come into the lineup, someone would have to come out, and I was starting to really like Alex Galchenyuk with Tavares and Nylander. But we don’t even know if he will be staying with the Leafs.
  • Beauvillier will be an RFA and not a UFA, so that also makes things a bit more complicated.