Maple Leafs: Five players to keep an eye on heading into the new season

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2. Max Domi

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Max Domi to a one year $3 million contract this offseason. For Domi, this is an opportunity to play with a real contender in a bottom six role, after how good of a season he had last year, this is a great chance to go out there and win it all.

Domi shined with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. In 60 games he put up 49 points including 18 goals before being traded at the deadline to the Dallas Stars. With the Stars Domi put up 13 points in the postseason before the Stars lost in the Conference Final to the eventual Stanley Cup Champs.

Domi is a physical player who can shine in a third line role on the Leafs. I personally would like to see him center a line. I think he can thrive in that role and would then allow David Kampf to center the fourth line.

Domi is also someone who can play up in the lineup if there is an injury this upcoming season. All in all, he is one of the biggest additions the team made this offseason, oh accept the next player on the list.

3. Tyler Bertuzzi

At the start of free agency the Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Tyler Bertuzzi to a one year contract, adding a player from a division rival in Boston. While Bertuzzi making $5.5 million this upcoming season might be a bit high, he did score five goals and register five assists in the Bruins opening round series against the Florida Panthers.

The Maple Leafs top six becomes just a little bit better with Bertuzzi in the mix. He is someone who will compliment Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner perfectly, and there is a real chance the Leafs could have the best line in hockey this upcoming season.