Travis Dermott is the defensive domino

With the Leafs recent addition of Mikko Lehtonen to their organization we are once again heading down the rabbit hole of trying to figure out what exactly is happening with the Leafs blueline.

Status
Left Side
Right Side

NHL Defensemen
Morgan Rielly
Justin Holl

Jake Muzzin

Travis Dermott

Probable NHL Defensemen
Rasmus Sandin
Timothy Liljegren

Mikko Lehtonen

Could Push for a NHL Job
Martin Marincin

Teemu Kivihalme

Calle Rosen

Likely Departing in Free Agency
Kevin Gravel
Tyson Barrie

Cody Ceci

Defensemen who play both sides in Italics

None of that is particularly inspiring and certainly makes you long for further upgrades, but between the NHL defensemen and Probable NHL defensemen you’ve got a reasonable top seven, with three usable depth guys waiting on the Marlies assuming they don’t get claimed off of waivers.
On the left side, the top two slots inspire a lot of confidence, on the right side, I think if Holl and Liljegren occupied the bottom two slots, no one would bat an eye. Lehtonen as the 7th guy makes a lot of sense, assuming he’s ready and we’re not just over hyping him because he’s new, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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