Insider Picks Surprising Forward to Crack Leafs' Bottom Six

Dawson McKenzie
September 19, 2023  (10:10 PM)

This NHL Insider has picked this surprising player to crack the bottom six of the Leafs' roster.

Insider Thinks Noah Gregor Could Make Leafs Roster This Season

Noah Gregor was one of the Leafs' better pickups this offseason, signing him to a PTO before training camp. Gregor played in 57 games last season with the San Jose Sharks, scoring 10 goals and 7 assists. He has been with the Sharks for his entire career so far.
The #Leafs have signed 25-year-old forward Noah Gregor to a PTO. He had 10 goals and seven assists with the San Jose Sharks last season. Three of those goals came from this game where he recorded his first career hat trick.
On The Leafs Nation Podcast, they predict that Gregor could crack a roster spot and impress during camp.
I'd say Noah Gregor's got a pretty good shot at winning a contract. I think when they see him in camp they're going to be pretty enamored with his speed. If you haven't spent a lot of time watching him with San Jose, that's something that's certainly going to stand out in camp.

Gregor Could Be in Luck with Other Contract Structures

While Gregor isn't a shoo-in by any means to crack the roster, he could be in luck because of how other new additions' contracts are set up, like Matthew Knies. Knies is waiver-exempt, so the Leafs could theoretically send him down to make room for a player like Gregor.
They've got some flexibility with other guys, like Knies, for instance. Even if he earns a spot, he could be one of those guys called up a day or two into the season because he is waiver-exempt, so there are flexible options like that they can try to navigate around. They're pretty reasonably confident that this is going to be no issue.
Either way, Gregor will have to earn his spot on the roster, and it will be a nail-biter to see who cracks the bottom six for the Leafs this season.
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