The Toronto Maple Leafs have a big season coming up as they'll try and prove some critics wrong.
General manager Kyle Dubas' teams haven't been able to get over the playoff hump and close out a series.
Could the Leafs try something new and a little bit out of the box? Something that's only done in emergency situations because of injuries?
Former Toronto Marlies assistant coach Jack Han believes so.
Han believes Leafs' head coach Sheldon Keefe will start using some on ice combinations of two forwards and three defensemen.
“I haven’t talked to Sheldon (since writing about the concept) but I would say the likelihood is pretty high. I think you’ll see some of that,” he said.
“It’s logical why most teams don’t go 2F3D. It’s because there’s not enough good, mobile, skilled, imaginative defencemen — or backs — available to fill those spots,” Han said. “You’re always going to leave talent on the table if you dress more defencemen than forwards, because growing up the best players play forward, generally speaking.”
Do you see Keefe testing out this strategy?