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Toronto Maple Leafs Depth Chart

Since the rebuild in Toronto started, the Maple Leafs have made many roster changes. Unfortunately, as much as some things change, some also remain the same. Heading into next season the Maple Leafs lack depth in two familiar areas. If you’re a long time follower of the team, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Depth at center and on the right side of the defense is still not where it needs to be to contend. Here is a look at the Maple Leafs depth chart for these two positions.

Center Depth

After Auston Matthews and team captain John Tavares, the depth at center starts to get really thin. Next on the depth chart is Alexander Kerfoot. Kerfoot has not been an upgrade over Nazem Kadri and has the Maple Leafs headed in the wrong direction. If veteran Jason Spezza is not brought back next season, the Maple Leafs will have to rely on Frederik Gauthier or Adam Brooks. Both Gauthier and Brooks are Restricted Free Agents (RFA) after this season.

Auston Matthews

If the salary cap does not go up next season due to a loss in revenue from this season being shut down, the best option for the Maple Leafs would be to bring back Spezza for another season at the league minimum $700,000. This gives the Maple Leafs time to wait for the salary cap to go up. It also allows promising junior prospect Semyon Der-Arguchintsev another season to further his development.

Right Defence Depth

All signs point to both Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci leaving as Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) after this season. That will leave the Maple Leafs with just two right-shot defensemen, Justin Holl and Timothy Liljegren. The team will lack a top pairing right shot defenseman to play alongside Morgan Rielly. RFA Travis Dermott still needs to be re-signed and it is possible that he could be moved to the right side. I just don’t know if he can handle big minutes against other team’s best players.

Timothy Liljegren

After the Maple Leafs sign all of their own RFA players, there will not be much salary cap space left to sign a top UFA right-handed defenseman. The only other option left is to trade for one. I don’t think Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas wants to trade away the team’s first-round pick for the third year in a row. So I wouldn’t be surprised if a player such as Dermott is paired with maybe a forward like Andreas Johnsson. The Maple Leafs will need to trade from their strengths if they are to have a chance at upgrading the right side of their defense.

Final Thoughts on Depth

The Maple Leafs have a decent core of young players and some very promising prospects in their system. However, the team is not going to go deep into the playoffs and contend if their depth is not fixed. They need to accumulate enough depth to be able to sustain any injuries. Until the depth is upgraded, the Maple Leafs will not be the contenders we want them to be.

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Jeremy Ridgewell
36 Years Old Married since 2009 Father of one child Huge fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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2 thoughts on “Toronto Maple Leafs Depth Chart

  1. We DEFINITELY lack depth when it comes to RHD. I think trading Willie Nylander for picks/prospects and throwing 8.5 million at Pietrangelo would help that immensely. As for Centre depth, I disagree with your take. I think that is a strength of ours. How many teams out there can send out TWO #1 Centres? We can. Then after that, yes there is a drop-off in talent, but the mix of Kerfooot, Spezza, Gauthier, Brooks is fine for the 3rd/4th lines, and they compare very well to most teams in the league in that regard. If Dubas DOES end up trading Nylander to make room for Pietrangelo….then our RW depth takes a hit. But it’s still pretty nice, with Marner, Kapanen, Malgin, and the new Russian guy Barabanov. Plus Nik Robertson is in the mix to come up to add to the LW. Depth is for sure a strength of ours, except for RHD.

  2. I realize that it is an expensive way to go for a 3rd line center but why not move Nylander there? Another option is Robinson has at least 2 years with the Pete’s unless they bring him up, why not move him to center to see if he can handle it? I like Dermott so I don’t think it a great idea trading him. See if Andersen, Johnson & Kerfoot could be worked into a deal? We won’t be able to afford both Rielly & Andersen for their next contract so if Andersen can be dealt then that opens up a $5,000,000 to sign a UFA goalie & possible use that extra money for the dman that we need.

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