The Toronto Maple Leafs have been big spenders in the last few years. During the lead up to both of the previous two trade deadlines, the Leafs have sent over a dozen draft picks out the door for depth adds, Mark Giordano, and the huge mistake that was Nick Foligno.
As we head into the 2022 draft, the Leafs hold just three selections, as was the case last year. This situation begs the question: what assets can be traded to restock the cupboard and give the Leafs some extra options at this draft and beyond?
Reportedly disgruntled at a lack of opportunity with the organization, right-handed shooting offensive defenceman Joseph Duszak is currently an RFA with arbitration rights.
After three seasons in the AHL, (the first of which was split between playing for the Growlers in the ECHL and Marlies,) Duszak has established himself as a fairly gifted points producer (52 points in 61 games this past season, his best pro season by far) who struggles in his own end. Those defensive gaffes, plus the emergence of younger and more viable NHL options in Sandin and Liljegren, prevented Duszak from making his NHL debut.
At this point, I doubt the Leafs will elect to give him a qualifying offer so that he cou …
Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation