TORONTO – Maple leaves are adjusted.
Toronto had almost full players for Monday’s skill-based training, including Frederick Anderson (knee), Nick Foligno (upper body), Zach Hyman (sprained MCL) and Riley Nash (knee). This is the first time Hyman and Nash have been on the ice without red contact sweaters, and for the first time in a week Folicno attended a group session.
Defender Justin Hole was the only defenseman to miss the day off duty on Monday.
Returning multiple times is a positive step toward a healthy lineup, but coach Sheldon Keefe warned that there is still work to be done on that front.
“The first thing is, we’re even ready to play these guys,” Keefe said. “We are not with any of them yet. For Hyman and Nash, it was the first day they got in touch. Tomorrow [at practice] That would be a good step for them there. So the number one thing is, get these guys ready to play and be destroyed for that, we’re not there yet. “
This also applies to Anderson, a newcomer from the conditioning loan to the Toronto Marleys of the American Hockey League.
Anderson has not started for the leaves since March 19, when he suffered a knee injury that could cost him four games per season. To assess his readiness to return, Anderson traveled to Marleys for two games last week. He played in the first half of one game, stopping 12 of 14 shots and stopping the other completely, making 34 of 38 saves through regulation and extra time.
Despite that game time, Keefe said Anderson has not yet received medical login to appear in the NHL. But Netminder got a lot out of his Marlis position.
“He seemed very positive,” Keef said. “Going down to play at the AHL level is to increase his workload on his conditioning and things like that and prepare him to play at the NHL level. His goal is not yet allowed to play at the NHL level, but to go back and feel better.”
It was also far from Toronto’s rescuers and other players.
Foligno has missed the leaves with an unknown upper body injury in the last two games. In the second period of the game against Montreal last Monday, Jack Allen climbed sharply into the folds and after appearing in immediate pain, the player was forced to move forward.
“It’s something I’m been dealing with a little bit, unfortunately during a game it shot at me at the wrong time,” Foligno said, without going into exclusivity. “But it could feel good here and to be frank go back with the guys, I encourage it a lot.”
There are two regular season games in Toronto this week, and Foligno said “I hope so” when asked if he would return for one or two. Foligno has had four assists in five games since Toronto bought him through trade from Columbus on April 11th.
Hyman is also looking at a potential return this week. He missed eight games on April 18 after suffering a sprained MCL in a knee-jerk collision with Vancouver defender Alex Edler. Edler was given a five-minute major fine and game misconduct for the play and then suspended for two games.
Hyman had a production season before injury, second in the leaves (15) in 42 games and fourth in points (33). At the end of this season he will be an unrestricted free agent.
The 28-year-old winger Elder’s success or his goal (“It’s not really necessary”) is to humbly set aside any section and focus only on recovery.
“It’s great to be back on the ice. I’m feeling good,” Hyman said. “I feel very strong there. We take our time here, which is my first week with some contacts. Above all I am closer to coming back and glad to be right around the corner. ”
Nash is there with Hyman and wants to introduce his leaves soon. The senior was bought forward by the trade from Blue Jackets in April, a few days after he was scheduled to be sidelined for four to six weeks due to a knee injury.
Nash recently started skating with his new teammates, but not everyone is familiar with it.
Foligno has learned a lot about Nash’s game in the three seasons they have played together for the Blue Jackets, and although Nash is not the brightest (he has scored 172 points in 578 games to date), Foligno is ready to be an asset to Toronto.
“If you are a truly focused person in the game, what you admire about him is that he does little things in games that allow you to win,” Foligno said. “He has great talent. He watches the snow well and reads plays well. I think people will appreciate the little things he does. ”
Since Toronto has already locked up the best seeds in the Northern Division, there is no rush to get anyone back before they are ready. Keefe agreed, but admitted that there was no full clarity at this point.
For now, it’s all about healing. The promise of how the upcoming playoff bush of leaves will look with a completely healthy row.
“I think everyone is excited,” Hyman said. “It would be great to put our whole team together. We have a lot of guys [returning to the ice], So this is so exciting, I think you guys have to contribute tons to make something more special. So it’s great to be back there, so good to see all the new faces together, and we’re moving towards a special feature. ”
Campbell was nominated for the Masterton Trophy
The Toronto chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association announced Monday that goalie Jack Campbell has been voted the leaf candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy. Masterton is awarded to a player who shows athleticism, perseverance and dedication to hockey each season.
This season Campbell moved from a career backup to a Toronto starter, and Anderson struggled with injury. Campbell was also injured earlier this year and had to struggle with his own lower body problem.
The 29-year-old also went through some major mental disorders. Campbell, who was known for leaving the ice, was publicly ruthless about failures in the folds. The leaves helped Campbell develop the tools to deal with those feelings, and he said he had less pressure on her.
Despite those challenges, Campbell opened his season NHL-record 11-0-0, and this year he is 17-2-2 with a 923 savings percentage. His determination to be at his best was never noticed by those around him.
“He is diligent, never gave up, and now he has rediscovered himself as a goldsmith with the success he has achieved. [is amazing], ”Said Jason Spessa. “It’s more than just being a person. He cares about his teammates, a great guy. There are no bad days in soup.”