Hainsey went plus-2 with 24:43 of ice time in Tuesday's 2-0 road win over the Capitals. After winning the 2017 Stanley Cup with Pittsburg, Hainsey signed with the Buds in the offseason, and so far he's proven to be a solid pickup. With three assists and a plus-3 rating, the 36-year-old is gelling on Toronto's top defensive pair with Morgan Rielly. Don't expect miracles from the former, but he'll add stability to your fantasy team much like he does for Toronto from the back end.
Hainsey has been paired with Morgan Rielly early in the preseason, reports the Toronto Sun. "This is his (Rielly's) fifth year. He's a great skater, has great smarts," said Hainsey. "You're probably just scratching the surface of his offensive ability. It's so early in his career, you hope he'll be here for 15 years." Both men shoot right, but coach Mike Babcock intends to move Rielly to the right side and that will put him on his forehand side in the offensive role. The result -- or the hope -- is that it will translate to more offense with Hainsey setting him up.
Hainsey signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Coming off a campaign in which he was dealt to the eventual champion Penguins, the 36-year-old blueliner has secured another two-year deal with a playoff contender in the Maple Leafs. Although he struggled to find his footing initially in Pittsburgh -- totaling just three assists in 16 regular-season games -- Hainsey turned in eight points (two goals, six assists) during Pittsburgh's 25 games en route to the championship. He should contrbute on both ends of the ice for his new club and joins an offensively talented defensive unit in Toronto.
Hainsey scored his second goal of the postseason and added an assist in Thursday's Game 5 win over the Predators. Hainsey isn't a big-time scorer, but he showed Thursday that he's very capable of stepping up into the rush and creating offense. The veteran logs steady minutes on the top defensive pairing and has eight points through 24 playoff games. While his best days are behind him, Hainsey is finally getting a crack at the Stanley Cup, and if his team can pull it off, he'll certainly have played a key role.
Hainsey went scoreless with two blocked shots in 19:25 of ice time in Game 1 against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday. It wasn't a great stat line, but it probably felt great for the veteran rearguard nonetheless. After all, he made his playoff debut Wednesday after appearing in an NHL-record 907 regular-season games without making a postseason appearance.
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