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Leafs trade Borgman to St. Louis for Jordan Schmaltz

The Leafs appear to be pretty active these days, as they’ve made another move in acquiring Jordan Schmaltz from the St. Louis Blues for Andreas Borgman.

Should we get excited over this?

Well, Schmaltz is a right handed shot as apposed to Borgman’s left handed shot, so that’s one thing. But let’s take a deeper dive than that.

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Schmaltz has only played 42 games up to this point, with just five assists. He’s also a year older than Borgman. As for his underlying numbers, Schmaltz has a 46.63% 5v5 CF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.61% in his time with the team last year, and a 47.18% 5v5 xGF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.48%.

As for their microstats, Borgman is a lot more consistent to say the least (although Schmaltz has a very small sample size here). Both played in more sheltered minutes, which again, speaks more to Borgman’s play than Schmaltz.

His most common partner was Jay Bouwmeester, which probably doesn’t help some of his numbers, but it’s followed closely by Vince Dunn, who is much better and still had bad numbers playing with Schmaltz. Even then, Borgman played most of his NHL minutes with Roman Polak, so once again, advantage Borgman.

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This is not a good trade at first glance, although it’s not a big trade that will really impact the team either. Maybe Schmaltz emerges as a solid bottom pair, or even top 4 defensemen. It’s not likely, but maybe. However, between Barrie, Schmaltz, and Ceci, we actually have three right shot defensemen. Not good ones, but they’re there.

However, despite the difference in shooting handedness, Schmaltz is older, and a downgrade, on Borgman. Neither has a large sample size in the NHL though, so there’s a chance that changes, but based on what we have to go off of, Borgman was the better player.

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  • Brandon

    Fair assessment of the trade. I liked Borgman’s potential, but he seems lately to have become injury prone. I hope he does well in St. Louis, but I hope Schmaltz does better in Toronto!

  • magesticRAGE

    I’m thinking that Dubas chose to give Borgman a better opportunity, as the LD depth would be too much for Borgman to earn a spot. I think it was a mercy trade, as St. Louis doesn’t boat that same depth in the left side. Schmaltz was also in the similar boat, just on the right. It should be a dogfight of a training camp this year.

  • Stan Smith

    I stated back when the Leafs demoted Borgman in 2018, and he handled it badly, that it was most likely the last time he would suit up for the Leafs. As for this trade, I realize Schmaltz is a righty, and had played for Leafs’ assistant coach, Dave Hakstol, in the past, it does seem like Schmaltz is a slight step down for the Leafs. I wonder if this was more to give Borgman a chance elsewhere as magesticRAGE suggested. While Schmaltz will be one of 8 players I think will vie for the one full time, and one temporary spot on the dcore, I expect he will end up with the Marlies.

  • RESmith

    In the preseason Schmaltz hussled like no one else on the D. Not sure if he wanted just to make an impression but I was kind of hoping for the guy because of that. Unfortunately we have 6 better dmen in skill ahead of him in the lineup.