For the Leafs, their potential losses in the upcoming expansion draft are not great.
They will either lose an ageing, experienced player in the mould of Laich, Michalek, Polak or Hunwick, or they will lose a young prospect with unproven potential – such as Griffith, Rychel, Leipsic or Marchenko.
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The Leafs will be able to hold on to their biggest assets and as they will only lose one player from the expansion, they will be glad they do not need to protect more players.
Vegas’ management will have a clear plan of what they’ll be looking for in terms of players and the kind of team they want to build.
The Leafs offer them both experience and potential, and Vegas will have a tough decision to make.
A number of players the Leafs have to offer are free agents in the summer, so the loss of a younger prospect will likely hurt more than if, say, they saw Laich or Michalek selected.
No matter who the Leafs lose in this draft, they are still set up to be strong over the coming seasons.
- Brooks Laich
- Milan Michalek
- Seth Griffith
- Kerby Rychel
- Brendan Leipsic
- Roman Polak
- Matt Hunwick
- Martin Marincin
- Andrey Marchenko
- Curtis McElhinney
- Garret Sparks
Who do you think the Leafs are likely to lose in this upcoming expansion draft? Who would you be happy to see walk? Who do you hope the team keep? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!