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New Maple Leafs Defenseman's Role In Toronto Revealed


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Tyler Ball
August 28, 2023  (1:44 PM)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs signed an experienced NHL defenseman today. Since the signing many have been wondering where he fits into the Leafs' plans. Now we may have an answer to how the newest Toronto Maple Leaf will be used.

Simon Benoit Signs

Earlier today Simon Benoit signed a one-year deal with the Leafs worth $775,000. The 24-year-old has 137 games of experience over four NHL seasons. Benoit brings a young physical presence to the Leafs' defense but not a ton of offensive upside.

Where Does Benoit Fit?

Benoit will likely fill the role of another former Leaf according to sources. In a post by Kyle Cushman on X, he mentions that Simon Benoit is a natural replacement for former Leaf Jordie Benn. For reference, Jordie Benn played a total of 12 games with the Leafs. This means Benoit is likely just depth to help when needed in the NHL and then develop in the AHL when possible.
As alluded to in the post Benoit struggled in his first full taste of action with Anaheim. Part of this is on Benoit but the team was also one of the worst defensive teams in recent memory as a whole. With a better group around him hopefully, Benoit can start to find success.

A Familiar Face

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Benoit will come into Toronto and see a familiar face. John Klingberg was signed this past offseason from Anaheim. The two played 43 games in the lineup together last season. Hopefully between the familiarity of Klingberg and the new environment in Toronto Benoit can be an underrated pickup for the Leafs heading into the 2023-24 season.
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