Day two of free agency and beyond: The Leafs to-do list

One day down, and who knows how many more to go until we find ourselves very much in the dog days of summer where nothing seems to happen. The Leafs were pretty active for the first day of free agency. They added three completely new players (Samsonov, Aube-Kubel, Gaudette), brought back one of their own from Europe (Malgin), and made an AHL signing (Logan Shaw). That’s a fair bit of work for one day, but they were also far from the busiest and are likely far from down.
The Leafs are going into day two with several bubble players on forward, but still a couple of potential needs. They should very much be considered a cheap top-six forward option if they can find one and while Gaudette, Malgin, and Aube-Kubel are all capable of lining up as the 4C, finding a proven center for that role would be a plus.
On the blueline, Dubas spelled it out yesterday by saying they could still use a depth piece, possibly a physical right side option. Right now that seems very much like the role being occupied by Justin Holl, so take that as a sign that he is long for the Leafs wor …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leaflets: What about Bob(rovsky)?, draft thoughts, and more

This is the week. Big stuff will be going down around the NHL and with the Leafs in need of two goaltenders, Toronto has no choice but to be in the thick of it. Today is the deadline for qualifying offers, it’s the last day to put someone on waivers for buyouts, and we don’t have a Leafs prospects camp roster yet. That’s a lot of stuff to tide us over until free agency opens on Wednesday.
The idea of Sergei Bobrovsky as an option seems less crazy
I don’t know if Florida has made their peace with the idea of sticking it out with Bobrovsky, but with a tough salary cap situation in the sunshine state there is a very real possibility that the Panthers will try to clear what they can with Bobrovsky’s contract. While it’s unlikely that the Panthers will be unloading Bobrovsky within their division, I submit to you that Bobrovsky might not be a bad option for the Leafs as a trade option from the third party involved.
Bobrovsky as a $10M AAV goaltender for 4 years has very little appeal. Bobrovsky if he can be brought down to around $5-6M he starts looking like a suitable option, one that has a better recent track record than M …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs select Nicholas Moldenhauer with the 95th pick in the 2022 NHL Draft

After trading down from the 79th pick and acquiring the 95th and 135th overall picks, the Leafs selected forward Nicholas Moldenhauer from the Chicago Steel of the USHL. There is an obvious connection between the organization and the player as newly appointed assistant general manager Ryan Hardy is the former GM of the Chicago Steel.

With the No. 95 pick in the Draft, the #Leafs select Nicholas Moldenhauer from the Chicago Steel. Obviously the Leafs have tight connections with that team.
— David Alter (@dalter) July 8, 2022

Moldenhauer missed time to begin the season but was a star for the Chicago Steel upon his return, finishing the campaign with 18 goals and 25 assists in just 41 games. He measures in at 5’11” and 170 pounds.

#Leafs Nick Moldenhauer has big breakout potential IMO. He lost 15 lbs from an illness that caused him to miss training camp, suffered a skate laceration on his jaw on his first shift of the year that required emergency surgery, and he still scored over a PPG in the USHL pic.twitter.com/sstqwJE1fJ
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) July 8, 2022

A speedy, hardworking forward who can pull off skilled moves in stride, Moldenhauer possesses a diverse offensive skill set. He sees the ice well and distributes the puck with pace, has the puck skills to beat defenders one-on-one and play through traffic, and has a good sense of anticipation to arrive in scoring positions at the right time to utilize his quality shot. He can sometimes try to do too much but when he utilizes his teammates and plays a give-and-go game, he can be a real offensive driver. There is still a rawness to his overall game but if he can put it all together, Moldenhauer could grow into an effective middle-six NHL forward.

Filthy goal from #2022NHLDraft eli …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation