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Toronto Maple Leafs: Options For Expanded Roster

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Toronto Maple Leafs expanded roster will look to add several new players to the team. Each team will bring on extras these playoffs, meaning teams have the chance to call upon AHL players and young prospects who otherwise would have to wait until training camp next season to get their shot with the big club.

The Maple Leafs expanded roster will likely include forwards: Nick Robertson, Kenny Agostino, Dennis Malgin, Adam Brooks, Yegor Korshkov, and defensemen: Timothy Liljegren and Calle Rosen.

One of the most talked-about names is OHL forward Nick Robertson. Robertson was drafted 53rd overall by Toronto last summer. Already fans are eager to see what he can do at the NHL level. A lot of hype surrounds the American because he is coming off an outstanding OHL year with the Peterborough Petes. A season that saw him score 55 goals in only 46 games. However, the question remains if Robertson is ready to step into the NHL playoffs.

Leafs (Predicted) Forward Lines:

1. Hyman-Matthews-Marner
2. Mikheyev-Tavares-Nylander
3. Engvall-Kerfoot-Kapanen
4. Clifford-Spezza-Gauthier

Nick Robertson will have to compete with teammates for game action. The best option may be to play Robertson alongside Jason Spezza on the fourth line. That new-look fourth line includes a decent playmaker-sniper combo. However, who comes off the fourth-line to make room for Robertson? Kyle Clifford brings more to the table than Frederik Gauthier. The Leafs likely will want to keep Clifford’s presence during the playoffs. So, Gauthier may be the odd man out. Nonetheless, it is hypothetical, and maybe someone else plays over both Gauthier and Robertson. Coach Sheldon Keefe will make that call.

New Look Forward Lines:

1. Hyman-Matthews-Marner
2. Mikheyev-Tavares-Nylander
3. Engvall-Kerfoot-Kapanen
4. Robertson-Spezza-Clifford
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