It appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs are really the only team making any sort of transactions this past week or so. Making a total of two trades as August approaches is basically unheard of in the NHL, but Kyle Dubas apparently never sleeps and always can find room to change his team ever so slightly heading into a pressure-filled 2019-20 season.
On Thursday afternoon, the Leafs traded 24-year-old defenceman Andreas Borgman for 25-year-old Jordan Schmaltz. The key factor in this trade — which might be the entire reason for this move — is that Borgman is a left-hand shot, while Schmaltz shoots right.
While Borgman suffered through injuries last season and only played with the Marlies, scoring four goals and 17 points in 45 games, Schmaltz was able to split his time with the Blues and their AHL-affiliate San Antonio Rampage. Playing more in the better league doesn’t necessarily mean that the player is better, since while the new Leaf was in the NHL, he played extremely poor.
It might be a small sample size of 20 games this season with the Blues, but those games a total of 212:16 TOI at even-strength shows us that he might just not be an NHL-calibre defenceman.
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation