Three Underrated Forwards Who Could Boost The Leafs Bottom Six

James Connelly
July 9, 2023  (6:20 PM)

The Maple Leafs are currently cap strapped but they could continue to bolster their roster with a few of these potential signings.

Top Bottom Six Targets For The Leafs

With the NHL free agency underway, several quality talents remain overlooked in the forward category. The Toronto Maple Leafs, aiming to bolster their bottom-six forward group for a successful Stanley Cup Playoff run, face salary constraints.
However, there are still affordable options available that can significantly enhance their forward depth. Here, we highlight three underrated bottom-six forwards in free agency who can provide a great boost to the team.

Pius Suter

Pius Suter, a 27-year-old center, recently completed a two-year, $6.5M contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Although he had a relatively quieter season last year with only 24 points in 79 games, including 14 goals, Suter remains a productive bottom-six forward.
Given his slightly diminished performance, the Leafs could potentially secure him on a short-term contract for a reasonable price.

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen, a 28-year-old gritty winger, has played for three teams in as many seasons. While he may not be known for his offensive prowess, Heinen's tenacity and fearlessness on the ice make him a valuable asset.
With recent additions of tough players like Ryan Reaves and Tyler Bertuzzi, Heinen's signing on a cost-effective one-year deal would further strengthen the Leafs' physical presence, addressing a crucial need for the upcoming season.

Tyler Motte

Another 28-year-old winger, Tyler Motte, brings a relentless physicality to the game and is unafraid to engage in physical battles. Having played for multiple teams throughout his career, Motte is no stranger to adjusting to new environments.
Despite averaging just around 12 minutes of ice time per game last season, he achieved career-best numbers with 8 goals and 19 points. While offensive production may not be his forte, Motte's presence on the fourth line would add a valuable physical dimension to the Leafs' lineup, similar to Heinen.