Maple Leafs trade targets: Defencemen

The Leafs defensive unit, particularly the right side, has been a source of concern for what seems like forever. This offseason will be no different as Kyle Dubas looks to revamp his blue line once again. Last summer saw him trade for Tyson Barrie and Cody Ceci – two players that failed to stabilize the group – and while there will be options to pursue in free agency, Dubas will likely look to the trade market once again in search of solutions for the Leafs defense.
There have been countless names thrown around in recent weeks and months, and today we’ll dive a little bit deeper into some of those players and their potential fits as trade targets for the Maple Leafs.
Aaron Ekblad – 24 years old – RHD – 6’4″, 215lbs
If Dubas decides to go big game hunting, there might not be a more perfect fit for the Leafs’ needs than Aaron Ekblad. The hulking right handed defenceman can play big minutes in all situations and led the Panthers with just under 23 minutes of ice time per game. He established a new career high with 41 points in just 67 games this past season, and that …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

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