#7 – Bryan Rust
Coming off his third consecutive 20-goal season, Bryan Rust is hitting the market at a good time. At 29-years-old, he has proved that he can still produce in a big way. Playing on the Pittsburgh Penguins second line, Rust has racked up 56 points in 47 games. He tucked away 22 goals and added 34 assists.
Rust stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and weighs 192-pounds. He will be entering his ninth-year in the NHL and has played all of them for the Penguins. Rust’s time with the team has been good to him. He has had the opportunity to hoist Lord Stanley’s Mug twice. That means, not only does Rust have significant offense in his toolbox, but also a wealth of valuable NHL experience.
The Toronto Maple Leafs would benefit by adding the talented right-winger to their lineup. Centered by John Tavares, Keefe could shift William Nylander to the left side and slot Rust (who also has experience playing left-wing) in his place.
It would make the team’s second-line far more dangerous. That trio could be just as dynamic as the Leafs top line.
Rust is coming off a four-year, $14 million deal with a yearly average of $3.5 million. It will be interesting to see what he is able to land in his next deal and whether the Toronto Maple Leafs scoop him up. Though it would be odd to see Rusty don any color other than black and yellow, the blue and white would definitely suit him.