No. 2: Tomas Hertl
The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl” would be an awesome addition to the Toronto Maple Leafs top-six.
His contract ($5.625M) is a little expensive but he would be a wonderful addition to the line-up. Essentially, Hertl would play the role of Kerfoot (who would have to get traded in return), but would be an upgrade over him.
With 22 goals in 46 games, Hertl is on-pace for one of his best offensive seasons.
Toronto wouldn’t be able to afford him next season, but as a pending free agent, he could be a great addition for the playoff run this year. Hertl is not only having a great regular season, but he’s known to perform in the playoffs.
In 62 career playoff games, Hertl has 24 goals and 42 points.
Paired beside John Tavares and William Nylander, that trio could do a ton of damage in the playoffs. Hertl is a pipe-dream player for Toronto to trade for, but if they could ever pull it off, he could be tremendous asset down the stretch.