If he wasn’t dogging McDavid, he was in Mike Smith’s face. The Oilers noticed, and when the Leafs had no room to keep him because they’re paying Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares and William Nylander $40.4 million on the cap, they romanced Hyman.
“His greatest trait is his compete. He’s a forechecker, he’s relentless, he’s on the puck,” said Holland. “We needed, along with the addition of Warren Foegele, forwards who can try to create more pressure in the offensive zone. We don’t want to be just a rush team.”
Just because you do grunt work doesn’t mean you can play with the big guns, though.
“Zach has great hockey sense. When you play with star players, and he’s played with a lot with some of the greatest young players in Toronto, you have to think at their level. Plus, if he plays down the lineup, he’s got the game to do that and read off their grinding style. He brings a tremendous amount of versatility,” said Holland.
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