Practice Shenanigans: Vesey might (finally) be scratched, Campbell set to return, Matthews is day-to-day

As the Leafs made their final preparations before taking the flight to Edmonton to begin a five-game road trip, Friday’s practice saw quite a lot happen.
First off, it sounds like Sheldon Keefe is going to make a line change that fans have been longing to see happen:

It sure sounds like Jimmy Vesey will be scratched for the first time with the Leafs. Three points in 21 games is woof.
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) February 26, 2021

It’s been a tough start to the Jimmy Vesey era in Toronto and his lacklustre production combined with a consistent struggle to find a permanent spot in the lineup hasn’t helped either. Keefe told the media that while Vesey’s defensive abilities have kept him in the lineup, he has also had trouble making his mark and finding a role he can provide on a consistent basis. This could be interpreted as a challenge to get Vesey to step-up his game or be moved to the taxi squad.
While this may be due to Auston Matthews missing today’s practice (more on him later), perhaps sitting out Vesey for a game or two may give him the motivation to get his season back …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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