3. Kasperi Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen recently re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a three-year deal this past offseason. Currently sporting a $3.2M cap hit, the Canes would have to move multiple players to add him to the roster, but it could easily be done, especially if draft picks are thrown in to sweeten the deal for Toronto. More on that in a minute.
Kasperi Kapanen is having a pretty solid year so far; 4 goals and 6 assists in 15 games played. Kapanen plays a very solid offensive game, and could slot right in the Carolina Hurricanes’ Top 9 group. He’s a right-handed shot as well, and the Canes are a bit short of those in their 4 offensive lines at the moment.
Toronto as a team is in a very strange spot at the moment; their current record at the time of writing this article is 7-5-3, which is odd for a team boasting one of the best lineups in the NHL at the moment. The Leafs could do with a shakeup, and I believe they’d greatly benefit from adding a player like Brock McGinn, alongside Haydn Fleury.
Fleury has been a healthy scratch since Trevor van Riemsdyk has cycled back into a full-time role after recovering from a collarbone injury sustained in the 2019 NHL Playoffs.
To me, it seems that Fleury has fallen by the wayside in Raleigh, and could easily make an impact almost immediately on a team like Toronto. McGinn could see an increase in ice-time there as well, considering Toronto has to figure out a way to right the ship; McGinn brings quite a bit of both offense and physicality to the table.