Here’s the thing, players shuffling back and forth between the Marlies and Leafs is pretty standard practice and doesn’t need to generate a whole lot of discussion. Last year if we say the tweet below, it would probably be met with a shoulder shrug and most of us would be able to carry on our day.
The @MapleLeafs have recalled forward Nic Petan from the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 5, 2019
This year and current circumstances make this seemingly minor move much more significant.
#1. The Leafs are as healthy as they’ve been all season.
Full complement of players for #Leafs practice today, and everyone is wearing their normally coloured sweater.
This is a first.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) November 4, 2019
Yep. While Zach Hyman likely isn’t returning to action tonight, he’s healthy enough to lose the non-contact jersey and his return should be expected in the next few games. Hyman joining the lineup at the very least the means the Leafs would be at 24 players, and one would need to be sent down. Why recall someone just to put yourself over by one?
#2. The cap implications of Hyman returning don’t make it a simple drop …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation