5 Free Agent Defensemen Toronto Maple Leafs Should Target

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Ilya Lyubushkin

Ilya Lyubushkin is a 30-year-old right-shooting defenseman who could give the Leafs solid depth if they choose to re-sign him.

He can play both right and left sides but prefers the right. Lyubushkin averaged just over 17 minutes a night this season and could play throughout the Leafs blueline, but is clearly suited to be a sixth or seventh defenseman.

He is a stay-at-home defenseman, so pairing him with a puck-moving defense partner would be a good idea. He's played well with Morgan Reilly during his two stints with the Leafs, but the Leafs failed to advance past the first round in either year he was on the team.

Lyubushkin, like Edmundson, is not a point producer. However, he did manage to register eight assists in 74 games this season, split between the Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs.

He also registered 168 blocked shots and 176 hits. It's his physicality that makes him attractive for the Leafs. He was brought in at the trade deadline to give the Leafs a physical presence in the playoffs.

With seven blocked shots and 29 hits in seven games, Lyubushkin delivered as advertised. Fans shouldn't be surprised if Treliving tried to re-sign the player known as The Russian Bear. He has a career total of five goals and 42 assists for 47 points in 353 games.


Lyubushkin is coming off a deal with a $2.75 million salary cap hit. This is a lot of money for a depth player, however.