Leafs trade Borgman to St. Louis for Jordan Schmaltz

The Leafs appear to be pretty active these days, as they’ve made another move in acquiring Jordan Schmaltz from the St. Louis Blues for Andreas Borgman.

#Leafs have traded Andreas Borgman to St. Louis for right-shot defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
A former first round pick by St. Louis is 2012, Schmaltz played in 20 regular season games for the Blues last season, posting two assists.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 25, 2019

Should we get excited over this?
Well, Schmaltz is a right handed shot as apposed to Borgman’s left handed shot, so that’s one thing. But let’s take a deeper dive than that.
Schmaltz has only played 42 games up to this point, with just five assists. He’s also a year older than Borgman. As for his underlying numbers, Schmaltz has a 46.63% 5v5 CF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.61% in his time with the team last year, and a 47.18% 5v5 xGF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.48%.

As for their microstats, Borgman is a lot more consistent to say the least (although Schmaltz has a very small sample size here). Both played in more sheltered minutes, which again, speaks more to Borgman’s play than Schmaltz.
His most common partner was Jay Bouwmeester, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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