No. 2: Nick Robertson
The Toronto Maple Leafs forward group is fairly strong, and the last forward spots will come down to Sam Lafferty, Noah Gregor and Ryan Reaves, so since Robertson is waivers exempt, he’s likely going to be the guy who gets sent down.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that Robertson isn’t going to play a lot of games this year, but it does mean that he’s not going to start the season as a Maple Leaf.
Would you rather have Robertson play nine minutes per night on the fourth line, or 20-plus minutes on the first line with the Toronto Marlies?
The 22-year-old should continue to build confidence with the Marlies and be a point-per-game player in the AHL for the next few weeks before the team can figure out their salary-cap and if they can trade a body, or potentially get away with sending a player through waivers who isn’t exempt.
Although Robertson is set to be one of the last cuts, he shouldn’t be mad because by all accounts, he’s going to get a look with the Leafs.
If that doesn’t happen, it’s going to happen somewhere else because he’s still one of the team’s best trade-chips and will be traded if he’s not given an opportunity with the big-club this year.