Which team’s best player is missing from the roster?
With a healthy supply of players available in the off-season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the process of preparing to go through a roster overhaul.
While some of the players who could be on the move are still around the organization, many are not.
This includes Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak, who has missed the last four games with an upper-body injury.
Bozashov has not played since Jan. 1, 2016, with the Senators and Kings respectively.
He was scheduled to be in town for a trade deadline game with the Ducks on Saturday but was not able to make the trip, according to TSN’s Elliotte Friedman.
The team has been actively looking to get younger and cheaper in the past few offseasons, and this off-year is no different.
The Leafs are hoping that the acquisition of rookie defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Dylan Strome will allow them to re-engage in a trade that would send either one of them to the Boston Bruins or the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Leafs have had a solid group of young defensemen for some time, including Cody Franson, Kasperi Kapanen, Jake Gardiner and Brendan Leipsic.
But this off season is different because the Leafs have been able to acquire a lot of talent through trade.
They acquired Kyle Dubas, the son of former NHLer Mike Dubas and the son-in-law of former Maple Leafs defenseman David Clarkson.
Kyle Dubas played a key role in the Leafs drafting Connor Carrick, the team’s first-round pick in 2017.
Connor Carick played in 20 games for Toronto this season, posting a goal and two assists for six points, and his offensive contribution was the primary reason why he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2017 NHL Draft.
Kyle Dubs is expected to be an important contributor on the blue line next season.
Carrick is currently with the Edmonton Oilers.
He has spent time in the AHL with the London Knights and has a contract through 2019.
In six seasons in the NHL, Carrick has posted 15 goals and 23 assists for 56 points in 72 games.
The Toronto Maple Knights have signed Connor Carricks son, David Clarkson, to a two-year contract through the 2019-20 season.
Carrick is a key piece to the Knights future, and he will help the team compete in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.