With Gardiner and Reilly in the Leafs prospect system, they could potentially split them up and create two pairings that generate fantastic speed and puck movement and force their defensive partners to skate at an extra gear to keep up.
Having players like this on the ice always forces teammates to try and play at that level in order to keep up with the pace.
Great pick, glad to hear Gardiner isn't going anywhere.
With this direction I can see Schenn being moved much sooner rather than later.
You forgot about Schultz That would be three pairings with fantastic speed.
If Markstrom hasn't already made the jump, then its not worth giving up Luke Schenn, who is still a very good player (despite the response you hear from this board). With any young goalie, he needs time unless your name is Carey Price or Martin Brodeur. If not, then you won't see any true value until the age of 25-26 when he starts to hit his prime. Until then you won't see anything much out of him. He might give you one or 2 good seasons.
Really like those pairings but there is lack of defensive presence in that d-corps. Certainly don't want to be on the pk with those defenders.
Do you have any info on Shultz?
Not any info on his decision.
Just the fact that Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver and Detroit all are going to make efforts in contacting him as soon as they're able. Im sure there are others, but those are just the ones I know of at this point.
For anyone thiking Schultz to Toronto is a lost cause because we have defensive depth, there should be no worries.
Schultz doesn't feel entitled, he just feels that he can play in the NHL this upcoming season and doesn't mind working for it. He's a confident young man and defensive depth wont make or break his decision. It will certainly be a factor, but it wont eliminate Toronto from the pack.