Toronto Maple Leafs Surprise Player No. 1: Bobby McMann
The 27-year-old forward is a slow-blooming centre, but could slide into a left-wing position with the Leafs.
McMann really came into his own last year as he was a goal-scoring machine, registering 21 goals in 30 games.
That is a truly insane amount of production, and while he obviously isn’t going to keep that up, it should be enough to get him a real NHL audition.
At 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, McMann’s size and offensive upside makes him a strong candidate to eventually become a full-time NHLer.
With a strong ability to drive the net, McMann would be a welcomed sight on the power-play.
Not only has he shown that he can score at an elite level, but he’s been a strong two-way forward in Toronto.
Based on his contract, McMann would be someone to keep your eye on to play third or fourth-line minutes this year and if Toronto really wanted to balance their roster, I wouldn’t be against seeing what he has beside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.
The Leafs currently have Nick Robertson, Matthew Knies, Calle Jarnkrok, Max Domi and Sam Lafferty as left-wing options, so if McMann has a strong training camp, don’t be shocked if he finds his way into the line-up.