Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Reasons to Have Ryan Reaves on the Roster

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 23: Ryan Reaves #75 of the Minnesota Wild arrives for the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - MARCH 23: Ryan Reaves #75 of the Minnesota Wild arrives for the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 23, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 12: Rasmus Dahlin #26 of the Buffalo Sabres skates with the puck against Alexander Kerfoot #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs . (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – APRIL 12: Rasmus Dahlin #26 of the Buffalo Sabres skates with the puck against Alexander Kerfoot #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs . (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Toronto Maple Leafs Public Enemy #5: Rasmus Dahlin – Buffalo Sabres

Ramus Dahlin may not jump out at anyone as someone that Reaves needs to introduce himself to, but long term this could benefit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

For years, the Leafs have been the subject of being bullied around the ice as their stars grew from youngsters to what they are today.

The Buffalo Sabres after decades of futility finally appear to be on the right track and could contend with the the  Leafs this upcoming season.

Dahlin is turning into a top five defenseman in the league and with his maturity, he is also gaining confidence.  Dahlin has added a lot nastier side of hockey to his game, which if goes unchecked could make him even more dominating.

Reaves needs to take as many runs at Dahlin as possible and make the Sabres captain as uncomfortable as possible.

Some hard hits and a face wash after every whistle, if he can add a jab in here and there as the league tends to not punish these types of plays.

Sabres fans need to know this is the one player on the list that this is meant more out of respect for the player than anything else.