May 21, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>BigAnderson</b></div><div>Kapanen has higher value because of his speed, penalty kill ability, and he’s also stepped up his physical play this year.
Kerfoot really isn’t that good as a centre and played mostly on the wing last year. Plus Leafs have Matthews, Tavares, Spezza, & Nylander that can play in the middle on the top 6 if need be. Spezza, Nylander, Gauthier, Shore, & Engvall could all step into bottom 6 centre roles as well. Leafs are more than 3 deep at centre.</div></div>
Unfortunately for the leafs I think that at least 2/3 of kerfoot, kapanen, johnsson will be moved in the next year or two once Andersen and Rielly need new contracts. It’s the same problem all good teams run into. You have to find ways to fill out your bottom 9 with ELCs and buy-low projects if you have as many stars as the leafs do. Otherwise you get burned every summer like Chicago did when emerging studs get paid