In a shocking twist of fate, as some of our more loyal readers may have gleaned based on our countdown, the Toronto Maple Leafs most valuable defenceman going into this season is not one of their top pair staples in Morgan Rielly or T.J. Brodie. Instead, that distinction, as voted on by our Maple Leafs experts at The Leafs Nation, belongs to none other than Jake Muzzin.
The 32 year old left handed defenseman has done nothing but impress in his time with the Maple Leafs since his acquisition back in January 2019. While this will somewhat surprisingly be his first full campaign with the hockey club, there’s little doubt in our minds that the tools Jake Muzzin brings are uniquely special to this team.
Throughout his career, Muzzin has blended a strong analytical toolkit with some of the most hard nosed, old-school hockey that the league has to offer and as such he has endeared himself to young and old fans alike. It’s no accident that one of our writers had Muzzin ranked as highly as 2nd in terms of his value to the Maple Leafs. Muzzin is a staple of this team’s defence core, and unquestionably …
Author: Jori Negin-Shecter / The Leafs Nation