The Maple Leafs made two moves at the NHL level around the trade deadline (three if you include signing Nick Abruzzese). The Leafs also made a trade for Ilya Lyubushkin about a month earlier and traded away Travis Dermott for a third-round pick. Since the deadline has passed, the team has put together a tidy record of 12 wins, five losses, (two of those in overtime,) so clearly, the additions have been successful so far.
Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell were the team’s main additions, and thus far into their respective Leafs’ tenure, both have mainly taken on depth roles, with Blackwell on the fourth line and Giordano on the third pairing. Abruzzese likewise has mainly been a fourth-liner when he’s slotted in. Lyubushkin has had the largest role of any of the newcomers, finding a place alongside Morgan Rielly on the top pairing.
We’ll look at Abruzzese first. Outside of providing depth at the forward position, it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which he plays a huge role in Toronto’s postseaso …
Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation