Travis Dermott has paid his third pairing dues and is ready for more

It seems like a lot of people were wrong to doubt the strategy of trading down during the 2015 draft. That’s not to say that Travis Konecny wouldn’t also be a pleasure to have in a Leafs uniform right now, but the Leafs organization knew what they were doing when they had their eyes on Travis Dermott. He’s made the job to NHL regular, and either through merit or necessity it seems that we are going to have a very real conversation about whether Travis Dermott is a capable of being a top four defenseman on the Leafs next season.
Season recap
The 2018-19 season was the first “full” season in the NHL for Travis Dermott. I mean, 64 NHL games and 0 AHL games says it was a full NHL season, but 18 games missed due to injury is bound to cause concern.
Injuries aside, and hopefully they are for a good long time, Dermott was a third pairing guy for essentially the entire season, as you’d expect for a player that previously had 37 games to his name and is behind Rielly, Gardiner, and Muzzin on the left side of the defense depth chart. In this role Dermott excelled, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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