The Maple Leafs needed to address some needs like adding grit to their lineup or another defense acquisition. They made 2 more moves after the Muzzin trade. One on February 24th, and one on deadline day (25th). The Leafs didn’t make any team changing moves because if they wanted to add key players like a Dougie Hamilton or Wayne Simmonds, they’d have to give up players like Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnsson or prospects like Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin. They were just not willing to lose those pieces.
Toronto Maple Leafs Acquired: F Nicholas Baptiste (23y)
Nashville Predators Acquired: F Emerson Clark (26y)
This move showed the creative and smart side of Kyle Dubas again. He traded a 26 year old who couldn’t score, take big penalty minutes and basically couldn’t contribute to anything other than fighting. In exchange, he got 23 year old Nicholas Baptiste, a touted prospect who can possibly make the NHL under the Leafs’ development. The Marlies needed scoring and that’s exactly what they got in Baptiste.
Nicholas Baptiste 2018-19 Stats (hockeydb.com)
Games Played: 55
Penalty Minutes: 14
Penalty Minutes: 0
February 25th (Trade Deadline Day)
Toronto Maple Leafs Acquired: F Nic Petan (23y)
Winnipeg Jets Acquired: F Par Lindholm (27y)
The Leafs pretty much robbed and got Petan for free. Lindholm, a Euro free agent signing didn’t live up to his role as 4th centre. He was very inconsistent in his tenure with the Leafs, hardly producing but did play well as a forechecker. In return, the Leafs got a depth forward in Nic Petan. Petan is 23, he’s seen some NHL time but couldn’t crack the Jets’ loaded lineup. In 2 games with the Leafs already, he has 1 goal. He’s a fast skater and can make good plays. Not very big coming in at 5’9, but that’s pretty much how the 4th line is looking with Tyler Ennis and Trevor Moore.
Nic Petan 2018-19 Stats (hockeydb.com)
Games Played: 13
Penalty Minutes: 2
Toronto Maple Leafs
Penalty Minutes: 0
The Leafs look to use Petan in the playoffs if he can continue to produce at his current rate, and look to develop Baptiste and hope to have the outcome they had with 24 year old Andreas Johnsson or 23 year old Trevor Moore.
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