5 Defenseman Toronto Maple Leafs Must Sign In Free Agency

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No. 5: Nikita Zadorov

This may be the most intriguing option for the Leafs because of Zadorov's size. At 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, fans would fall in love with Zadorov immediately.

Not only is Zadorov's size so intriguing because he's willing to hit anyone who comes near him, but he's also been known to score some fancy goals.

During the Vancouver Canucks playoff run last year, Zadorov finished with four goals and eight points, which would have led the Leafs in scoring.

Although Zadorov's size is very appealing and someone who seems to fit any playoff team, he can find himself stuck in his own end, much longer than you'd hope. However, at the same time, he also has a fantastic ability at rushing the puck up the ice, despite being so big.

As much as I'd love to see Zadorov sign with the Leafs, I think there's going to be a bidding war for his services and someone is going to over pay for his services.

Although he'd be a good fit, he's not someone you want to over pay and definitely not someone you want to give a long term contract.


At $3.75M AAV last year, Zadorov would have been a great fit on the Leafs blue-line, but all signs point towards him having a contract around $5M AAV or more, which may be too much. Then again, there's the chance he's a late-blooming top-pairing guy and not the 3rd pairing guy he's been to date. High-risk high-reward is the name of the game when it comes to Zadorov.