5 Players the Toronto Maple Leafs Shouldn't Bring Back Next Season

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Nick Robertson

I know many Leafs fans like Nick Robertson and will hate seeing him on this list, but I have run out of patience for him.

Some may argue that he hasn't gotten the right opportunity to fit in and that it's the head coach Sheldon Keefe's fault.

At the end of the day, if he was good enough, it would show, and if it showed, he'd be a regular on the roster. The reason he keeps getting sent down to the AHL is the fact that he doesn't grab a spot when he's with the Leafs.

Players like Matthew Knies and Bobby McMann have surpassed Robertson on the depth chart. Robertson needs to play in the Leafs top six to be effective. He hasn't played well enough or stayed healthy enough to claim his spot. With other players on the depth chart passing him, it's time to trade him and let him try to find his game somewhere else.

Robertson will become a restricted free agent this off-season. I think he needs a fresh start on a new team. Instead of trying to re-sign him, the Leafs should trade his rights and put that money to better use.

Robertson has made it clear to the media that he is frustrated with the Leafs sending him up and down between the AHL and NHL. It might do him some good to get a change of scenery.

Due to injuries and his inability to keep a spot in the Leafs lineup have taken away the promise that I and others had for him after a great final season with the Peterborough Petes in the OHL when he registered 55 goals and 31 assists for 86 points in 46 games in the 2019-20 season.