He isn't good enough to make the Leafs. His cap is fine as he be sent to the AHL without cap implications. Seems like a roster spot wasted.
1. If he can put up a 30+ point pace before the rookies are ready - he can net a 2nd-4th at the deadline.
2. If he never makes the Leafs but puts up a PPG+ in the AHL - he still might net a 5th-7th at the deadline.
The Leafs still have 6 open contract slots & only 3 guys to sign (if a trade is made to improve the NHL team - we'll likely send back more bodies than we receive).
We can also just give some guys away if even needed. For example:
- 7th for McAdam
- 7th for Subban
- 6th for Marincin
- 5th for Gauthier
- Future Considerations for Cracknell, Mueller or LoVerde (people want their AHL teams to win).