The Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a top 4 defenseman as they gear up for a (hopefully) deep playoff run - and they have reportedly made an offer on a former 3rd overall pick.
The Province's Patrick Johnston reports that the Leafs have offered Andrew Neilsen and a draft pick for the services of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson.
Gudbranson, the centre piece of the deal, was drafted 3rd overall in 2010 by the Florida Panthers. While he hasn't lived up to expectations, he's still a huge body capable of eating minutes and playing shutdown hockey. He would certainly be an upgrade over Roman Polak - although let's face it, will Mike Babcock ever get over his obsession with that particular player?
Neilsen was the Leafs' 65th overall pick in 2015. The left defenseman posted an impressive 39 points in his rookie season with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, racking up 82 penalty minutes along the way. His point production has dipped off this year, so should Vancouver accept the offer, they will hope that he finds that form that made him both a physical and offensive threat on the blueline.