If the newest Toronto Maple Leaf gets into the club’s playoff lineup, coach Sheldon Keefe expects Riley Nash to make a defensive impact.

"What stands out to me is the way he played against us in the series against Columbus,” Keefe said Saturday morning, thinking back to Toronto’s five-game bubble elimination at the hand of the Blue Jackets.

“I just thought he was a real factor. I really got a sense of what he can bring there as a guy that gets really difficult matchups, starts in his own end, plays against good players. I thought he had a lot of shifts against our best players where you thought, perhaps, we’d be getting the upper hand — and it didn't work out that way."

If you can’t beat ’em, trade for ’em.

Nash is a 31-year-old, bottom-six centreman on an expiring contract. He was acquired by the Maple Leafs Friday in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2022.

That pick upgrades to a sixth-rounder if Nash participates in a quarter of the Leafs’ postseason games this spring.

Nash sprained his knee in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday and will be sidelined for four to six weeks. Meaning he may not be ready when playoffs begin next month.