Jul 2, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Penguins21</b></div><div>You don’t bring top prospects up to play on the taxi squad.(maybe the play-off taxi squad). But everything I read said that if Lehtonen, Dermott, and Bogasain are the 3rd pairing and depth out of camp. Then Sandin and Liljegren go down and get all the playing time they want.(unless there is no AHL). You definitely don’t bring them up to sit in the Press box. And you definitely don’t bring a top scoring prospect, like N.Robertson, up to play on the 4th line. And also sitting in the press box when you need that defensive 4th line and tougher/ bigger 4th line.
Top scoring prospects don’t play on 4th lines. They will stay down and get the playing time elsewhere until a top 6 forward spot is open or atleast a 3rd line and 2nd PP spot is open for competition. To get all of Robertson’s value, he needs to play on a PP unit too. Atleast the 2nd PP unit. You don’t play your top scoring prospect on the 4th line. And 4th line minutes. Unless his shine is gone and hes 26-27 years old and looking like a bust.
The taxi squad, if there is one, would be Engvall, Boyd, N.Petan, J.Anderson(who the leafs traded for and the organization thinks highly of), Marincin, C.Rosen, Dell. Who are are Depth players(except maybe Joey Anderson), and that’s what a taxi squad is; depth players and sitting in the press box and just practicing with the team, no games.</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Riley816</b></div><div>How would the taxi squad work?? If Engvall is called up Toronto is over the cap.
Couldn't TB just put Johnson and Gourde on the taxi squad and have enough cap to sign all 3 rfas???</div></div>
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>mondo</b></div><div>Switch Lehtonen and Dermott. Dubas' already said Dermott will start on RD.
Wouldn't be surprised if the bottom 6 ended up like that but training camp will be about who wins the early spots, and the first 10 games will be really important for some of the guys on LTIR.
Additionally, I think they'll squeeze in another bottom 6 winger so Thornton and Spezza don't play every night. Probably what Boyd will be for.</div></div>
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Leafsfan416</b></div><div>Yes Holl looks great with Muzzin but imagine Muzzin with an actual quality D partner. Holl belongs on the third pair but I see Dermott, Lehtonen, Bogo, Sandin there</div></div>
There are definitely better defensemen, however i don't think we will find it on the free agency market at this point, and kerfoot+holl doesnt hold enough value for a impact top 4 defensemen. The only trade my friends are possibly interested in is for Weegar, however keroot and holl doesnt make that happen, and Weegar is essentially just Holl2.0 just a couple years younger and 1~1.5 extra seasons under his belt.
And if we trade kerfoot we are relying on Thornton or Spezza who are getting up there in age, or Engvall who is not proven he can handel 3C, 4C maybe, but not 3C i dont think
Hyman, Matthews Nylander
Mikky, JT, Marner,
Vesey, Kerfoot, Simmonds
Barabanov, Thornton, Spezza