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Maple Leafs Hopeful for Incredible Gift from Florida Panthers Tonight

The Maple Leafs dealt Rasmus Sandin to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a first and Erik Gustafsson in what was possibly the most perplexing move of the season.

Kyle Dubas’ gamble, on the other hand, may have paid out.

Nobody anticipated the eighth-seed Panthers to bring the record-breaking Bruins to Game 7, but here we are.

The consequences of tonight’s game are significant for the Maple Leafs, as it will determine the location of the first-round pick they obtained in exchange for Rasmus Sandin.

If the Panthers win, the Leafs will be guaranteed a top-24 draft pick in 2023, which is huge in a class like that.

A player like Dmitri Simashev, Brayden Yager, Samuel Honzek, or Quentin Musty might help the Leafs become a force in the coming years.

While the Bruins would definitely be a fun series, it would be a great win for the Leafs to face the Panthers!

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
Igor Burdetskiy
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