A few days ago it seemed incredibly likely the Leafs would go with a 4F-4D-1G approach to their protection list in the expansion draft. We were all prepared for that. Then Jared McCann was acquired, and 7F-3D-1G seemed incredibly likely. Now here we are…
So we can project that the #Leafs went 4-4-1 on their protected list:
– Matthews– Marner– Tavares (NMC)– Nylander
– Rielly– Brodie– Muzzin– Holl
That would leave Kerfoot and McCann unprotected up front, Dermott unprotected on the backend https://t.co/2Q9d89UWba
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 18, 2021
Yep, that’s basically the predicted list for earlier this week, last month, whenever.
There were plenty of people making reasonable arguments that protecting the cheaper and younger Travis Dermott over Justin Holl made sense, but it’s now becoming apparent the organization either has tremendous faith in Holl’s abilities or they think they can get something more substantial for him in the trade market and he’s worth protecting.
The Jared McCann situation is an absolute mystery. The Leafs seemingly went out of their way yesterday to acquire a good player, a player who would be an upgrade for the Leafs …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation