Finally, there’s the still-promising, yet unlucky Nick Robertson.
Taken in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft by the Leafs, he was once thought to be the steal of the draft.
That was because in his subsequent season in the OHL, he would tear up the league by scoring 55 goals in just 46 games, putting him on the NHL radar instantly.
He even ended up making his NHL debut in the playoffs for the Leafs in 2019-20 in which he scored his first NHL goal in the process.
However, things haven’t been as rosy since then as in the following three seasons, Robertson would struggle to find his place with the big club, almost entirely due to injury.
Robertson has only played 82 games at any level over the past 3 seasons.
With hopes to finally get his break in the 2023-24 season, the sudden emergence of the unexpected solid play of rookies Fraser Minten and Easton Cowan in training camp has once again clouded Robertson’s chance of making the big club to start the season.
In particular, Minten had shown to be surprisingly more advanced than his age suggests, along with possessing the size advantage and being able to play effectively at centre already. (All stats from hockeydb.com)
As a result, the best scenario for both Robertson and the Leafs may be to look for an opportunity to give Robertson a fresh start with another team in the league while recouping some assets if they are unwilling to give him a legitimate chance with the current core.