The Seattle Kraken should be getting a good player from the Toronto Maple Leafs this expansion draft.
In the lead-up to the Seattle Kraken’s NHL Expansion Draft, we here at the Kraken Chronicle will look at all 30 teams and who could be taken from each. In this edition, we take a look at the Toronto Maple Leafs.
When looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs’ exposed players, it is clear that there are some very enticing options. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, though, as the Maple Leafs have one of the strongest teams on paper in the entire league. The Seattle Kraken has a real opportunity to grab a very serviceable player from them, but with that, they will also have to spend some time contemplating their final choice.
Here are three players for them to consider.
Alexander Kerfoot (Forward, Age: 26)
Alexander Kerfoot has worked quite well as the third-line center of the Maple Leafs these last two seasons. He has been one of their primary penalty killers because of his effective two-way style of play. Therefore, it is easy to believe that the Leafs are hoping that the Kraken end up passing on the 26-year-old center.
Since joining Toronto, his offensive numbers have gone down a bit. However, that is largely due to limited playing time. In 56 games this season, he recorded eight goals and 22 total points. He was one of the biggest bright spots of their otherwise disappointing postseason, though. He had six points in seven games. Furthermore, with the Avalanche, he hit the 40-point plateau on two separate occasions.
Kerfoot also has two more seasons left on his contract, and it carries a $3.5 million cap hit. That mix of both term and affordability makes him an extremely alluring option for the Kraken.
Jared McCann (Forward, Age: 25)
Jared McCann was just traded to the Maple Leafs from the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he may never end up playing a game for the club. Due to the Leafs’ immense forward depth, he has been left exposed. When seeing as how he is a versatile forward who can play top-six minutes, he certainly could end up being Seattle’s pick.
With the Penguins this season, McCann had his best season to date. In 43 games, he tied his career-high of 14 goals and ended the season with 32 points. Had it been a full 82-game season and he remained completely healthy, he could have very well reached 60. It seems as though he is still a very underrated player who is not getting as much attention as he should.
McCann has one more year left on his contract and has a cap hit of $2.94 million. When it expires, he will also still be a restricted free agent, so the Kraken would still have control over him. All of these factors make a McCann pick seem very possible.
Travis Dermott (Defenseman, Age: 24)
The Kraken could also look to snag 24-year-old defenseman, Travis Dermott. He may still have top-four potential but even is worth selecting if he remains a bottom-pair defenseman. He is a versatile defenseman who is able to play either side, which certainly comes in handy when injuries inevitably arise.
Dermott did have a down year this season, though. In 51 games, he only recorded six total points, which is far lower than his other three seasons. Yet, he still was steady enough defensively where he may be worth the gamble. Lastly, he just signed a very affordable two-year, $3 million extension. That would not be hard to take on for the Kraken.