It has been no secret that the Maple Leafs were missing that legitimate top 4 defenseman and they have added that in Jake Muzzin. Not only that, they have checked off a few other boxes on the ‘Team needs’ list.
✔ Grit, the Leafs have been lacking physicality and Muzzin brings that with 111 hits which was leading the LA Kings in that category.
✔ blocked shots, with 92 blocked shots on the season (also was leading LA) he brings a safety net to reduce shots on Frederick Andersen.
The Woodstock, ON native also brings another massive skill set DEFENSE, yes we have defenseman but muzzin instantly becomes the best defensive defenseman on the team with a splash of offense.
Lastly he brings intimidation, nothing about the Maple Leafs was physically scary. Their offense yes, but they weren’t going to bully you to win as some teams have done to them. The 6’3 214LB Muzzin brings that to the Club, opponents offensive players are well aware when he is on the ice and are intimidated of going into a corner with him.
All in all this is a big win for the Maple Leafs, especially with an extra year left on his contract.