3 Wingers On Maple Leafs' Radar In Free Agency

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in for a big offseason and it has already started when the team acquired the signing rights to Chris Tanev at the draft. The team needs upgrades in all areas, but they have been linked to three solid middle-six forwards that could really help out the team and add necessary secondary scoring.

Rumors are that David Perron, Dakota Joshua, and Jake Debrusk are on the radar of the Maple Leafs, and all make sense. If Tyler Bertuzzi and possibly Max Domi are headed to free agency, there is money and a need in the middle-six for players like these.

All three proved they can provide adequate or better secondary scoring, especially one of the most consistent players of the past decade in David Perron. Despite him aging, he still scored 17 goals and recorded 47 points in 76 games in 2023-24. In 13 of his last 14 seasons where he played over 50 games, he has reached the 40-point mark. He is also a seven-time 20-goal scorer and has the playoff experience/production to go with it. The Maple Leafs have to prepare to win in the postseason more than worrying about making the playoffs.

Joshua had a big year for the Canucks, but isn't on the same level offensively as Perron or DeBrusk. He rather brings other valuable elements to the table with his size, physicality, and meanness. Don't get me wrong, he can still score, but he won't be playing in the top-6. The third line seems like a great spot for him on the Maple Leafs. he's coming off a season where he scored 18 goals, 32 points, and delivered 245 hits in 63 games.

DeBrusk has been more heavily linked to the Maple Leafs and if they want to go the route of bringing in someone who can stick around a while and has the most potential, it's him. He is a three-time 25-goal scorer and plays physically, but clean. While he can contribute on the power play, he does most of his scoring a 5-on-5. This would work out well as the top power-play unit in Toronto is set.

The Maple Leafs have options and don't need a star, but any one of these players would do the trick.

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