Highs and Lows for 2019: The Defense

Last summer, I did a series that went over all of the Leafs who were likely to play in the NHL that season and explored the floors and ceilings of their upcoming season. And, in the content starved month of August, I’ve decided to bring it back again.
Much like last time, I’ll be looking at the best and worst-case scenarios for all of the Leafs, and in the best-case scenarios, assuming that they won’t be traded and they will be healthy. Obviously, that won’t happen, but it’s easier to assume in this case.
One thing I will be adding is that I will also look at last year’s evaluations and see if they were closer to their floor or ceiling, to give a better idea as to what to expect.
Today we will be looking at the heavily revamped blueline that the Leafs will be putting out this year.

Morgan Rielly
What happened last year? Last year, Rielly had a career year with 20 goals and 72 points last year, and even got some Norris consideration for his play. My ceiling had him at another 50 point season while improving defensively, and he beat that total …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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