After the trade between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators that was official on Monday, many have been wondering whether or not new Toronto defenceman Cody Ceci can somehow improve on his results now that he’s a Leaf.
Short answer is essentially, no.
Long answer includes a no and then asks anyone why they would think such a thing.
Even with the assigned first-round pick status that Ceci has, it doesn’t change what he has done in six years with the Senators, tallying almost 500 games played in the NHL. At his age of 25 and with that many games played, if there was any upside or hidden talent, they would have already shown up in Ottawa.
There isn’t any question as why the Leafs acquired him in the first place. It isn’t some reclamation project, trying to find some obscure talent that Ceci never demonstrated with the Sens, it’s purely just his contractual situation. Sending Nikita Zaitsev and the five years remaining on his contract for a player that is arguably worse, but only for one more year, is looking ahead.
It’s all about roster and cap flexibility throughout the NHL and North American …
Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation