Toronto Maple Leafs 2024 Defensemen Trade Deadline Targets

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Most Desirable

Sean Walker

Walker is mainly utilized as a second pairing defender on the Philadelphia Flyers this season and has found great success.

He is not a minute-eater on the backend by any means but he has been reliable for the Flyers after being stuck in a logjam with the LA Kings for the last few seasons.

Since joining the Flyers this year, he is currently on pace for a single season career high averaging over 19 minutes a night of ice time. In those minutes, he shows great value as a two-way defender, driving offense and suppressing quality chances against at a high rate.

He currently sits 23rd and 76th in xGF/60 and xGA/60, respectively this season. Luckily, this is not much different when accounting for the past three seasons where he sits 27th and 78th in those stats. Although his defensive value is not his calling card, he has shown great value on the penalty kill this year, logging over 133 minutes.

There are minor downsides to Walker's game however, from a stylistic standpoint, he's not very large at 5-11 and 195lbs which may detract from his ability in the post-season for some.

He also does not block shots or throw hits at a high rate only surpassing 100 in either category once in his career when he registered 104 blocked shots last season.

However, his two-way game alone provides a lot of value and at a measly caphit of $2.65 million for the remainder of this season, the team could do a lot worse.