For the first time in what feels like forever, I don’t hate a certain part of the Toronto Maple Leafs roster.
However, that feeling will only last if Erik Kallgren isn’t just a flash in the pan, although the initial numbers do look good. We will know more in the next few days.
The defense I think is fine. I don’t like moving Holl or Dermott unless we’re absolutely getting an upgrade, and I don’t see the Leafs getting one. The Lyubushkin trade was an absolute home run. I’m fine with the Leafs staying pat on defense and at goaltender as long as Petr Mrazek isn’t the backup.
As for the forwards, something must be done with the second line.
The bottom six look about as good as a bottom six can, particularly the third line. The Leafs need to find someone to put on that left wing beside Tavares and Nylander. I like Nick Robertson, but this is a cup run. You don’t rely on rookies to make a cup run.
I’d like the Toronto Maple Leafs to acquire another Michael Bunting. That line needs someone who can battle in the corners and get loose pucks. Alex Galchenyuk might be available.