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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The San Jose Sharks are an organization looking for potential-laden young players

The San Jose Sharks will be one of the NHL’s most active teams at the trade deadline, and when the dust settles, they could have traded away at least three prominent players in Anthony Duclair, Kaapo Kahkonen, and Mike Hoffman. Tomas Hertl could have also seen himself as part of that group had it not been for a lower-body injury earlier this month that will deter teams from trading for him, and perhaps even Alexander Barabanov will hear his name called. 

If the Maple Leafs were looking to trade for one more depth scorer like Duclair or Hoffman, San Jose would make a great trading partner. Robertson would fit in with an organization starting over, and he may find himself as one of the top young players in the system early on. 

Like Anaheim, don’t be surprised if the Sharks ask for other young players whose stints in their current cities haven’t worked out, especially with the number of trade pieces they have. For Robertson, not only could he be a top young name in San Jose, but also part of what could be the beginning of a young core. 

Regardless of where Robertson goes should the Maple Leafs trade him, one thing is clear: He will have a much better chance to see more ice time elsewhere than he would in Toronto. 

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(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of February 23rd)