The Top 5 Players the Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade For

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Dec 1, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager  . Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports /

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a great position heading into the playoffs and the NHL trade deadline.

This has been nearly a dream season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have traded places back and forth with Colorado as the NHL’s best team since October 27th when the Leafs put their (bad luck) rough start behind them.

Ever since, the Leafs have picked up nine out of every ten points available to them when Mitch Marner plays, and eight out of ten otherwise.

They have the ability to clear cap space (cheap options like Kerfoot, Mrazek, Ritchie, Holl give them flexibility) and they have their first rounder next year + a lot of good prospects that would interest other teams.

In other words, they have the means, motive and opportunity to make a deal.

But what deal should they make?  It’s hard to say because they don’t have any obvious weaknesses.  What follows are five players that I’d like to see the Leafs add.  They are all either realistic  or fun options, just not always both.