Mix ‘N Match D: Which pairings make sense?

YOU GET A NEW PARTNER. YOU GET A NEW PARTNER. EVERYONE IS GETTING A NEW PARTNER!!!

Exciting times on the Leafs blue line. Gone are Nikita Zaitsev, Ron Hainsey, Igor Ozhiganov, Jake Gardiner, and much less ceremoniously Andreas Borgman and Calle Rosen. There are a lot of new faces too. Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci, Jordan Schmaltz, Kevin Gravel, and (sigh) Ben Harpur. Perhaps the most amazing part of all of this that Martin Marincin and Justin Holl are still here, and could legitimately be the third pairing until Travis Dermott returns.
It’s wild times, and it’s time to play defensive pairing mix and match…
So let’s start with what’s likely to happen and what’s been speculated all along…

If you’re the type of person who reads into the possibly irrelevant things that take place during informal summer skates (and, really, who isn’t?), Morgan Rielly is out there with Cody Ceci, while Jake Muzzin and Tyson Barrie are paired up
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 3, 2019
Yep. Things don’t look any brighter for ol’ Morgan Rielly, who is still drawing in with an unfortunate pairing, while Jake Muzzin continues to hit the jackpot when …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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