We may be less than two months away from the trade deadline, but the speculation on who could be on the move is quickly picking up steam. It is especially the case when it comes to what buyers will do and what pieces could be involved in an attempt to upgrade their team for a better chance at a deeper postseason run.
This is why we need to talk about Alex Kerfoot.
The 2021-22 campaign has been a solid one for Kerfoot so far and it has been highlighted by a resurgence in performance that has not been seen since his last season with the Avalanche. In 39 games played, he has registered six goals, 21 assists, and 27 points. That equates to a 0.69 PPG rate, putting him on pace to finish the season with 57 points, which is 14 points clear of his previous career-high of 43 points in 2017-18.
It has been impressive to see Kerfoot finally find his rhythm after having trouble adjusting to the Leafs in his first two seasons following the infamous trade that sent Nazem Kadri to Colorado. But when you take a closer look at the underlying metrics, you see a player who is riding an unsustainable hot streak while also playing fairly similar to seasons past.
Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation