In the first offseason trade bait board presented by Frank Seravalli of TSN, there are just fifteen names listed as the most likely players to be dealt this summer. Former Leaf and two-time Cup champion Phil Kessel heads up the list, which isn’t surprising considering most hockey media are bracing for the Penguins to do a semi-blowup of their roster in the coming months.
But there’s plenty to dig into with regard to the Leafs as well. Even though just fifteen players populate the list, two are Leafs, and I’d say at least two more will have their names connected to Toronto in trade rumours. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Connor Brown and Nikita Zaitsev are ranked 7th and 12th respectively, so we’ll get into those guys first before looking elsewhere.
1. Phil Kessel2. Jacob Trouba
3. Ryan Callahan
4. Jason Zucker5. P.K. Subban
6. Michael Frolik7. Connor Brown
8. Kyle Turris
9. Kevin Shattenkirk
10. Artemi Panarin (rights)11. Travis Hamonic12. Nikita Zaitsev
13. Olli Maatta14. Colin Miller
15. Milan Lucic
Brown has been floated out there as a casualty of the Leafs’ salary cap situation for a while now, as his 2.1-million AAV is easily movable given he’s a pretty solid player but just doesn’ …
Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation