Who will be back next year? – The forwards

With the Leafs season now over, we look ahead to the draft and free agency as the big events left on the Leafs schedule for the 2018-19 season.
Now that the big three plus Tavares all have or will need their big contracts, the cap crunch is coming, and combine that with a disappointing playoff run, and suddenly, the Leafs might have a completely different roster come next season.
So, let’s look at the team from top to bottom, and figure out who will be back. I will throw people into one of four different categories: Will be back, probably coming back, might be back, and likely gone. Today, I’ll start with the forward group, and only the ones that played for the Leafs this season.
Auston Matthews
Status: Will be back
First overall pick, face of the franchise, just locked up for five more years, apparently he might be starting next season with a C on his chest. I don’t see him leaving.

Chris Johnston said that Auston Matthews is “going to come back with a C on his jersey”.
— Arjun (@_marlanderthews) April 26, 2019

John Tavares
Status: Will be back
Yeah, I highly doubt the Leafs are …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

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