Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nick Robertson stickhandling the puck in an NHL game
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NHL Insider Reveals Which Leafs Player Is The Most Likely To Be Dealt At The Trade Deadline

Published February 6, 2024 at 9:02
BY GRAHAM MONTGOMERY
     
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As we approach the trade deadline, teams around the league are starting to solidify their plans. Some teams, such as the Vancouver Canucks, have clearly positioned themselves as buyers while others, such as the Calgary Flames, have indicated that they will be selling at the deadline. What the Leafs will do however, remains unclear.

Leafs Plans For Trade Deadline Remain A Mystery



The Toronto Maple Leafs have had a season full of ups and downs. Their inconsistent play coupled with their injury luck has made it difficult to guess as to what the team may do at the trade deadline. The team has been rumored to be interested in players on the trade block all season, but we have yet to see the team act. One player the team was linked to was Canadiens center Sean Monahan, but he has already been moved, so that is one player they have already missed out on.

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The Leafs were also rumored to be in on Flames defenseman Nikita Zadorov. However, the big, physical, blueliner was ultimately dealt to the Vancouver Canucks far ahead of the March 8th deadline.


Now NHL insider Chris Johnston has revealed who he thinks is the most likely Leaf to be on the move this March.

Johnston: Leafs Likely To Trade Robertson



Over the All-Star break, the SDPN held a live show in which they brought on a number of guests to talk hockey. Among them was NHL insider Chris Johnston. They then did a segment where Johnston ranked players on their likelihood to be traded using a 1-8 scale. When Steve asked about Nick Robertson, he responded with a strong 5, indicating that there have been serious discussions about the team trading the young forward.


The 22-year-old has had an interesting season. He started off in the AHL despite having a strong training camp and preseason with the Leafs. He then earned a callup after injuries required the team to make a move and he has since done reasonably well in limited ice-time at the NHL level.


He has 7 goals and 14 points in 30 games with the Leafs despite the fact that Sheldon Keefe clearly does not trust him enough to play him more than 10 minutes a night. He could certainly provide some value to a rebuilding team looking to stockpile young players.

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