With Jake Muzzin now in the fold, the priority of the marketing term of Maple Leafs No. 1 of Toronto is something that has had a long time in the list of desires of Mike Babcock to the leader.
As a winner of the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings, Babcock knows that the high hockey wins in the playoffs and should not look far to see the impact she had on the Washington Capitals race Last spring with Tom Wilson, Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly on the poster.
What are the "heavy" possibilities of the leaves?
TSN's exploration director Craig Button suggests to Micheal Ferland and Wayne Simmonds two power forces that are on the verge of the list of TSN hockey merchants. A player like Simmonds can play with good players and be one of the main provinces in front of the network to the power game.
Also, look back a couple of years and see the impact Patrick Hornqvist had with the Penguins of Pittsburgh – Simmonds can replicate this role in a contending team. Malkin and Crosby will also play heavyweight games for Pittsburgh in the playoffs and Auston Matthews and John Tavares will continue to benefit. Where Babcock wants to add another strong advance is on the flanks.
A lower priority for Maple Leafs is a right-hand blueliner. The general manager, Kyle Dubas, announced earlier this week with journalists who want to continue strengthening the defense. The box that Muzzin does not check is playing on the right side.
Babcock esteem this balance in its matches, but in a current situation where dollars and dollars are found, Maple Leafs probably bite around the edges, trying to get a seventh type safe.
We'll see what Dubas has today between three and three hours today. ET on Monday, February 25.
For Leafs, it's not just about trying to win a playoff round for the first time since 2004, but also try to defeat Tampa Bay Lightning's lightning in the toughest Stanley Cup race.