Top 3 teams who should call the Maple Leafs for Nick Robertson

While the Maple Leafs will buy at the trade deadline, there is one player in their organization they may look to sell.
Dec 19, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nicholas Robertson (89) skates
Dec 19, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nicholas Robertson (89) skates / Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
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Nick Robertson has been in and out of the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup over the last four seasons, seeing 69 games in that span. While he has been a sound player for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, Robertson has yet to duplicate that success in the NHL. So, a change of scenery could be ideal for the former 53rd-overall pick. 

So far, Robertson has just 26 career points and 11 goals, an average time on ice of 10:53, and a shooting percentage of just 10.2 percent. Since he is, however, formerly a relatively high draft pick with experience in the NHL, there are a few teams who could wind up trading for the 22-year-old, especially if they have an asset to give the Maple Leafs. 

Toronto is looking to finally embark on a deep playoff run after giving their fans hope a season ago when they won their first postseason series in quite some time. But it doesn’t look like Robertson will play a major role in helping the Maple Leafs get there. 

The Maple Leafs could entice a non-contender with Nick Robertson

Toronto could use Robertson as a trade piece to bring an under-the-radar talent like Joel Edmundson to Ontario, or they can call up one of the three teams listed in the following slides. 

Each organization mentioned won’t make the playoffs in 2024 barring a historic run in March and April. And a high-potential player like Robertson could entice them to trade a valuable asset that could finally catapult Toronto into their first Conference Finals series in two-and-a-half decades. 

So, which teams should have the Maple Leafs on speed dial if Toronto ends up heavily shopping Robertson at the deadline? We got one team that could find itself just a few assets away from finally contending while the other two could use someone like Robertson to be a high-end player in the prospects pool if not more.