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LEAFS INK TRYAMKIN

2018-02-06

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have filled a giant hole in their lineup.

Wait, that’s worded incorrectly.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have filled a hole in their lineup with a giant.

But, can Nikita Tryamkin become a tower of strength and stability on the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line, like hated rival Zdeno Chara is for the Boston Bruins?

Vancouver’s 2014 third-round pick, Tryamkin, was left without a contract and ultimately signed on the dotted line to join Toronto for the next three seasons.  Tryamkin is listed as 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-8 on various websites and in scouting reports. As hockey players tend to follow the WWE model and exaggerate, the thinking is that he’s likely closer to 6-foot-6 than 6-foot-8. The point, of course, is that he is a large defensive stalwart on a team that until now was set to start the season with Martin Marincin in their top 7 D.

But, can he play?

According to one scout, Nikita Tryamkin “is tough, fairly mobile and has a great point shot.” Tryamkin’s upside, based on most scouting reports, is a shutdown, stay-at-home defenceman.

With the Maple Leafs in on the negotiations that were said to be as many as 4 teams deep, to land a young defender like Tryamkin, 23, is a real steal for a franchise looking to make it back to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967. 

Having the likes of fellow Russian in Nikita Zaitsev already locked in to a long-term contract with the Blue and White may have been a deciding factor when it came time for Tryamkin to make his choice on where he was going to spend the next three seasons of his career. 

For the Toronto Maple Leafs and their rabid fanbase, their glad he chose TO.




Jean-Philippe Ouellet

Brandy Love wrote this too ?

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