First look at the Leafs’ revamped defensive unit

First look at the Leafs’ revamped defensive unit

It was a transformational offseason for a much maligned Leafs blue line that saw the departures of Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci, but Kyle Dubas and his staff are hoping that the additions of TJ Brodie, Zach Bogosian, and Mikko Lehtonen will make for a more reliable back end this coming season. The extended offseason brought plenty of speculation as to where the new pieces would fit in and what it might mean for returning players like Justin Holl and Travis Dermott, as well as top prospect Rasmus Sandin.
After Sheldon Keefe revealed the team’s initial forward lines during his first media availability of training camp on Sunday afternoon, the revamped defensive pairings were announced on Monday morning as the Leafs took to the ice for their first practice of training camp.

Group 1 @MapleLeafs practice lines and defensive pairings for January 4:
Thornton−Matthews−MarnerVesey−Tavares−NylanderMikheyev−Kerfoot−HymanBarabanov−Spezza−Simmonds
Rielly−BrodieMuzzin−HollLehtonen−BogosianSandin−Dermott
AndersenCampbell #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 4, 2021

As expected, Morgan Rielly will get the first crack at playing alongside Toronto’s biggest offseason acquisition in TJ Brodie. If this pairing does indeed stick into the season, Brodie will easily be the best regular partner that …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

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