Top-10 Best NHL UFAs for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2022-23

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#1 – Johnny Gaudreau

There have been a lot of excellent players that the Torotno Maple Leafs would love to see on their roster next season. Many of whom can expect to see bidding wars for their services. None should be more in demand than Johnny Hockey.

Having played for the Calgary Flames for his entire nine-year-tenure in the NHL, it’s hard to imagine Johnny Gaudreau playing anywhere other than Cowtown. That can be a real possibility this summer.

In Gaudreau’s 587 career games played, he has registered 201 goals and 384 assists for 585 points. This season, in 67 contests, the left-winger has 91 points on 31 goals and 60 helpers. Just like with Forsberg, this production couldn’t come at a better time.

Gaudreau will be looking to increase his compensation next year. Currently, he is being paid $6.75 million. At age 28, he should be able to get himself a substantial raise in free agency. That’s because Gaudreau is in the mix to win the Hart Trophy.

Adding the superstar to the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup would make the team even more dangerous. Gaudreau’s ability to create offense off the rush would mesh greatly with other Leafs forwards. Playing him alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner could very likely create the best line in hockey. Alternatively, Gaudreau could play on the second line with Tavares, creating a lethal one-two punch.

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It will certainly be an interesting offseason for the Toronto Maple Leafs. With all the talent that will be available once free agency opens, there is sure to be a mad scramble as general managers try to get their man. Hopefully, Toronto will get theirs.