Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Defenseman Who Could Replace Jake McCabe

Oct 5, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsonov (35) stops the puck as defenseman Simon Benoit (2) covers Detroit Red Wings forwards Jonathan Berggren (48) and Joe Veleno (90) in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 5, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsonov (35) stops the puck as defenseman Simon Benoit (2) covers Detroit Red Wings forwards Jonathan Berggren (48) and Joe Veleno (90) in the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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COLUMBUS, OHIO – OCTOBER 16: Adam Boqvist #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets  (Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OHIO – OCTOBER 16: Adam Boqvist #27 of the Columbus Blue Jackets  (Photo by Jason Mowry/Getty Images) /

No. 3: Adam Boqvist

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been reportedly looking to trade a defenseman and Adam Boqvist seems like a logical choice to be traded.

The 23-year-old has been a healthy scratch already this season and it feels like a new home could do him a lot of good.

The former first round pick has a ton of potential and has shown a lot of offensive upside at times, but for whatever reason it hasn’t been working lately.

He’s different than the other two defenseman we mentioned because those players are a lot more defensively sounded, while Boqvist is more offensive-minded.

Based on him being more offensive than defensive, that could be an issue if Toronto were to acquire him, as they might need a different type of player, but at the same time, he does still have a ton of potential and is on a great contract.

If I’m Leafs management, I’d be doing a ton of scouting and due-diligence on Boqvist because I think that he can be productive in the right situation.

He may not provide the same physicality as the other defenseman, but I do think there’s a chance that he could shine in a new market.

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Former top-10 defenseman don’t become available every day, so don’t be surprised if the Leafs are in on Boqvist if McCabe’s injury is more serious than expected.