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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Sam Bennett #9 of the Florida Panthers celebrates a goal against Matthew Knies #23 of the Toronto Maple Leafs  . (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Sam Bennett – Florida Panthers

Public Enemy #1 has to be Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett.

The Toronto native has always been known as a scrappy player, but he took it to a new level this past playoffs.

At the end of the  Leafs regular season the club was able to sign their top prospect Matthew Knies and he was inserted into the playoff line-up after collecting one assist in three regular season games.

The Arizona native had a superb start to the playoffs collecting four points in his first six games and looked to be an impact player.

In Game 2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs Panthers series, with Toronto leading 2-1 in the game, Bennett delivered a sucker punch to the jaw of Knies then wrapped his arm around the rookie and the Florida forward body slammed Knies to the ice.

The incident left the former second round pick with a concussion and knocked him out for the remainder of the playoffs.

While some say the two players just got tangled up, it was clear Bennett attempted to make it look accidental, however it was clearly deliberate.

Later that game during a battle in front of the net, Bennett delivered a cross check to the neck of Michael Bunting.

When the Maple Leafs forward dropped to the ice and with a penalty ensuing to Bennett he delivered a second cross check to the lower back of Bunting

For all of Bennett’s behavior he was assessed a total of two-minutes in penalties and a $5,000 fine.  This is a clear case why fans are fed up with George Parros being in charged of supplemental discipline.

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Bennett has to know that going into his first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs this upcoming season he will have to speak to his actions.  There isn’t a better player to introduce himself to the Panthers forward than Reaves.