Team: San Jose Sharks
Position: Centre/Right Wing
Cap Hit: $5.625 million (UFA next season)
Contract: 3 team trade list
Tomas Hertl leads this list in goal scoring and is a fine playmaker as well. He doesn’t play much at left wing though, so it might be difficult to find a top six fit for him in Toronto’s lineup unless Nylander switches sides.
Again, you can never have enough centre depth, though I would’ve had Hertl a little higher on this list if he had more experience on the left side.
Hertl has some decent skill defensively as well and kills penalties regularly for the Sharks. 62 games of NHL playoff experience including two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals isn’t too bad either.
The Leafs biggest hurdle in acquiring Hertl might be his very limiting three team trade list. There is a chance that Toronto could be one of his three selected teams, but the odds aren’t very likely.