Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve talked a little bit on this site about how I’d like to see the Toronto Maple Leafs’ defence come to form. This unofficial series led with an argument for uniting Jake Gardiner and Morgan Rielly on the top pair, followed by a look into how Nikita Zaitsev could and should be used next season. Most recently, I tackled the recently-floated idea of using seven defencemen in a game situation (spoilers: not a fan).

This establishes a deployment of six defencemen on Game Day, a first pair, and a tentative trust in a second-pair, right-side defenceman. But the top four needs a fourth, right?

Let’s talk about Travis Dermott.

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