4 Under the Radar Players Toronto Maple Leafs Should Trade For

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 29: Ilya Mikheyev #65 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to make a shot on goal against Alex Nedeljkovic #39 and Marc Staal #18 of the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of the game at Little Caesars Arena on January 29, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 29: Ilya Mikheyev #65 of the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to make a shot on goal against Alex Nedeljkovic #39 and Marc Staal #18 of the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of the game at Little Caesars Arena on January 29, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 15: Antoine Roussel #26 of the Arizona Coyotes  . (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Antoine Roussel

Speaking of players who Leafs fans could fall in-love with, Roussel may be that player as well.

The 32-year-old has never been a dominant offensive player, but he’s never been shy of the tough-stuff. Whether it’s laying his body or getting into a fight, Roussel would add some serious grit to this roster.

Whether or not you think that type of play is important in today’s NHL, when the playoffs start, it is. Here’s what Roussel said in an article with Azcentral.com in November, 2021 surrounding his game that should make Toronto Maple Leafs fans happy:

"“It fits my game well to play with two guys that have patience and play well with the puck,” said Roussel (via: Jose Romero, Azcentral.com)"

Roussel doesn’t need the puck and likes to play with those who are patient (aka: William Nylander and Mitch Marner). Paired in the top-six, Roussel can be a guy who flies around hitting everyone in sight, but uses that as an advantage to score a greasy goal off his shin-pads.

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All of these players may not be household names, but in one way or another, they could help the Leafs as they get ready for the playoffs.