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Maple Leafs Playing a Dangerous Game with Top Prospect: Trade Request Imminent?

Published December 18, 2023 at 10:38
The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing a risky game with one of their top prospects, and a trade may be imminent if they continue to play this game.

Leafs Prospect Alex Steeves Having Incredible Season With Marlies

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a nice pool of prospects in their ranks, with the focus right now being on Fraser Mintent and Easton Cowan after making Team Canada's World Junior Team. However, they have another prospect who is deserving of some praise this year as well.

Leafs prospects Fraser Minten and Easton Cowan introduced as members of Team 🇨🇦

Alex Steeves has played the last 3 seasons with the Toronto Marlies and is currently on a franchise-best 15-game point streak with the club. He's got 23 points in 18 games for the Marlies, yet has not been called up to play with the Leafs, being passed over for Bobby McMann.

Alex Steeves has points in 15-straight games.

Leafs Need A Plan For Steeves To Capitalize on his Talent

The Toronto Maple Leafs desperately need a plan to capitalize on Steeves' talent. Steeves is on the last year of his entry-level deal, and with young players already in Knies, Robertson, McMann, Minten, and Cowan in the ranks, the Leafs don't want to see Steeves walk for free. With his production this year, its clear he could get a real opportunity elsewhere.

Make it a 15-game point streak for Alex Steeves,

Even if he might only play a handful of minutes, calling him up to the Leafs with his confidence sky-high can't be the worst plan

The Leafs are eyeing a few potential trades this season, if they chose not to call Steeves up, he could make for an excellent option for a potential trade.

As seen on Maple Leafs Daily - "Leafs playing a dangerous game with rookie standout; is a trade request on the way?"
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Maple Leafs Playing a Dangerous Game with Top Prospect: Trade Request Imminent?

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