The Leafs will be heading into an important offseason and with the 2019-2020 season in question, it might not be too early to look ahead. Dubas and co. will have a number of decisions to make especially on the defensive side of the coin. With Muzzin and Holl signed long term it seems like the Leafs have finally found the shutdown pairing they have longed for but they still are looking for a partner for Morgan Rielly.
During the 2019-2020 season, Rielly spent most of his time at even strength playing with either Cody Ceci or Tyson Barrie. Both players will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the year and have a low chance of resigning. Rielly also spent a small amount of time with the upcoming RFA Travis Dermott. While Dermott seems to have all the tools to be a good top-four defenceman, there hasn’t been a long enough sample of his play on the right side to be convinced he could fill the position next to Rielly in the immediate future. Rasmus Sandin is another player who I believe can play on his off-side but is probably more suited to play on the third …
Author: Nick DeSouza / The Leafs Nation