3 Ways to Ensure the Toronto Maple Leafs Beat the Florida Panthers in Round One

How the Toronto Maple Leafs can beat the Florida Panthers
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2. Play Nick Robertson Not Reaves or Dewar

This is just a continuation of #1, but it's very specific: Play Nick Robertson.

The Leafs biggest strength is their unrelenting offense. Auston Matthews is the best goal scorer and player alive in the world, but then comes Mitch Marner, John Tavares and hilarious afterthought William Nylander, the 40 goal, 100 point superstar.

After that there is Tyler Bertuzzi and Max Domi.

And after than Bobby McMann.

And after that, Nick Robertson, future 40 goal scorer.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have relentless offense. They just keep coming at you, and that can change just because the games start to matter.

Putting Robertson on the second power-play unit and giving him a regular shift will give the Leafs a huge advantage. A third line with Robertson-Holmberg-Nylander gives the Leafs a ridiculous ability to attack against weak competition.

Following this up with a fourth line of Knies-Kampf-Jarnkrok is just sick. The Leafs blue-line pretty much stinks, but this is unmatchable by any team in the NHL. This line can play shut-down minutes and they'll score too. I know people like Reaves, but playing him means you can't use Kampf in a shut-down role, so it's honestly kind of stupid to even think about playing him.

Lines should be: Bertuzzi-Matthews-Domi / McMann-Tavares-Marner / Robertson-Holmberg-Nylander / Kniews-Kampf-Jarnkrok.