Does Matt Read stand a chance in hell of making the Leafs?

Ilya Mikheyev
Jason Spezza
Pontus Aberg
Nic Petan
Kenny Agostino
Jeremy Bracco
Egor Korshkov
These are players seemingly ahead of Matt Read in the battle for the bottom six wing roster spots…
If we assume that Marner starts the season unsigned and Hyman will be injured for a while the Leafs will start the year as such…
LW
C
RW
Johnsson
Matthews
Nylander
Moore?
Tavares
Kapanen
Mikheyev?
Kerfoot
Spezza?
???
Shore
???

Gauthier?

There’s a few leaps in there already, as I’m assuming that all the talk about Kerfoot as the third line center isn’t coming out of nowhere and that’s 100% the plan. The fact that Mikheyev and Spezza are the most high profile of the remaining group probably puts them somewhere in the lineup barring a disastrous training camp, and that it makes sense to carry extra centers, and that Shore is better than Gauthier, who I’d argue might be a valid person to consider in the wing conversation as well, but I’ll save that for another post (sorry).
Anyway, back to Read. Really he’s duking it out with Petan, Aberg, and Agostino, and at least one of the winners of these battles will …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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