Earlier today Scott Maxwell had an article about what the Leafs roster could look like if it was completely healthy. I have to say, the offensive unit gave me chills. The Leafs are very capable of rolling four lines with their current personnel, and the players on the fourth line are capable of being moved up comfortably into spots in the top nine, while the Leafs still would be carrying options like Brooks, Timashov, Gauthier, Marchment, Petan, and Aberg as reasonable backfill for the bottom of the lineup. The Leafs forward depth is a thing of beauty, but looking at the blueline and goaltending is another story.
On defense players like Muzzin, Dermott, and Holl all seem like they are great fits for the Leafs now and into the future, assuming a deal can be found with Muzzin before he hits free agency. Rielly and Barrie both bring a high level offensive game that adds value in 2/3rds of the rink, but Marincin and Ceci are borderline unplayable. There are much bigger question marks when it comes to the defensive situation and presently the organization doesn’t seem interested in the testing what they have in Rasmus Sandin or …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation