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With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching teams are going to have to decide whether they will be buyers or sellers. With prospects set to be available on contending teams, we will look at some potential prospects who could find themselves in new organizations on April 12th, 2021 and possibly have an easier path to playing time in more prominent roles.
Tampa Bay Lightning
The reigning Stanley Cup Champions are still as dominant as they were a season ago and show no signs of a “Cup Hangover” this season. They will surely be buyers at the deadline and look to bolster their roster. Connor Verhaeghe comes to mind as someone who the Lighting were forced to move on from after a dominant season in the AHL last year, and landed in Florida during free agency. I bring up his name 23-year-old Taylor Raddysh has been much of the same. He put up 46 points in his rookie year in the AHL and is currently on the team’s taxi squad but could be dangled in a trade if the right deal comes along.
Boris Katchouk is another name that could draw interest from other teams around the league. The 22-year-old center was a second-round pick back in 2016 but has yet to get his opportunity in the NHL. He put up 32 points in 60 games with the Syracuse Crunch last season and could be a strong two-way forward who is on the cusp of being NHL ready.
Toronto Maple Leafs
It is no secret the Leafs will be buyers after GM Kyle Dubas came out and said he would be willing to deal a top prospect in a deal at the deadline to make his team better. Knowing his willingness to part with a key piece, three prospects come to mind that will be coveted by opposing teams looking for high-end prospects in return. The three prospects are defensemen Rasmus Sandin, and Timothy Liljegren