5 Defenseman Toronto Maple Leafs Must Sign In Free Agency

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No. 3: Brady Skjei

Skjei is a veteran two-way defender who may be the most underrated defenseman in this free agency class.

I'm not sure if it's because he plays on Carolina or because he's been overshadowed by other bigger name defenders there, or because his last name is hard to pronounce, but Skjei should high on the Leafs radar this offseason.

Skjei has shown some elite offensive skill over the past two seasons, finishing with 18 and 13 goals respectively, but it's his size that should make the Leafs most intrigued.

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Skjei would be a perfect fit on the team's top blue-line and would seriously help this team.

The reason why Skjei should be high on the Leafs list is because he's a fantastic skater who will help move the puck up the ice.

However, he can also play that shutdown role and defend the opposition's top player. Despite being such a strong skater, he could be better at quarterbacking the power-play, but that could improve playing alongside Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander and John Tavares.

All signs point towards the Hurricanes trying their hardest to re-sign Skjei, but if they can't come to a deal, the Leafs should jump on it and acquire him.

The left-handed defenseman would be a huge boost to a depleted unit and someone who would hep the team tremendously.