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THE EMERGENCE OF ALEX GALCHENYUK AS A TOP SIX WINGER IN TORONTO COULD CHANGE DUBAS' DEADLINE PLANS

Apr 6, 2021 à 20h47      MIKE ARMENTI
The Toronto Maple Leafs had long been rumoured to be in the market for a top six forward at this year's trade deadline, but due to the play of February acquisition Alex Galchenyuk, the once glaring need no longer carries such a high level of importance.

TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday that Leafs GM Kyle Dubas has been pleasantly surprised by the play of the 27-year-old journeyman forward, decreasing the urgent need for another top six winger.

"I think the emergence of Galchenyuk playing with John and William, both in terms of the fact he's produced a little bit but in terms of how hard he's playing and the effectiveness that he's brought to the group, I think certainly reduces the urgency," Dubas said, per LeBrun.

"But with all that said, if we can do something that we think is going to be a good fit in the locker room and on the ice, I think we would still very openly explore that," Dubas continued.

The emergence of Galchenyuk as an effective top six option could open up more possibilities for the Leafs at next week's trade deadline, such as a third line center, a quality defenseman or perhaps even added goaltending depth.

The Leafs have been rumoured to be in on winger Kyle Palmieri from the New Jersey Devils, and it's no secret that the Leafs could be a potential fit for Taylor Hall, who also owns a home in Toronto. Some other names that the Leafs are believed to have inquired about are Nashville Predators forward Mikael Granlund and Anaheim Ducks forward Rickard Rakell.

It never hurts to have options, and with Galchenyuk coming into the picture in Toronto's top six and exceeding all expectations on a line with William Nylander and John Tavares, it gives Dubas and company more flexibility and a better opportunity to add the right piece(s) at the deadline.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
45255277
LEON DRAISAITL
45224264
PATRICK KANE
47154358
AUSTON MATTHEWS
+1
43342256
BRAD MARCHAND
+1
43253156
MITCH MARNER
+1
47144156
NATHAN MACKINNON
39173653
MARK STONE
45183553
SIDNEY CROSBY
+1
46193453
MARK SCHEIFELE
+1
46183553
ARTEMI PANARIN
36163652
MIKKO RANTANEN
43262652
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
48163349
JAKE GUENTZEL
47202848
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
+1
42202747
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
47143347
MAX PACIORETTY
44222446
NIKOLAJ EHLERS
46202545
ANZE KOPITAR
43103444
ALEX DEBRINCAT
43232144
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APRIL 22, 2021 G A PTS
ANDREW COPP
1 1 2
JUSTIN HOLL
- 2 2
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
1 - 1
CODY CECI
1 - 1
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 - 1
SETH JONES
1 - 1
BRAD MARCHAND
1 - 1
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 - 1
MARK SCHEIFELE
1 - 1
WAYNE SIMMONDS
1 - 1
BRENDAN SMITH
1 - 1
MATT TENNYSON
1 - 1
JOE THORNTON
1 - 1
JAKUB VRANA
1 - 1
MASON APPLETON
- 1 1
OLIVER BJORKSTRAND
- 1 1
JESPER BOQVIST
- 1 1
FILIP CHYTIL
- 1 1
BRIAN DUMOULIN
- 1 1
NIKITA GUSEV
- 1 1
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