A lot of things have gone right for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. Thanks to a hot start from some of their young forwards, they have their sights set on a postseason berth. A trio of injuries could have destroyed the team’s chances, but they continue to survive thanks to the contributions they have been getting from their remaining healthy players. With The expected return of Matt Frattin sometime in the next week, the Maple Leafs will be almost completely healthy and ready to keep rolling through the Eastern Conference.
When goaltender James Reimer went down with a knee injury earlier this season, the Maple Leafs got a great performance from Ben Scrivens. The rookie netminder was called upon for eight straight starts and recorded four wins and a pair of back-to-back shutouts. With Frattin out, fellow youngster Nazem Kadri has continued to elevate his game and now ranks in the top 15 in the league in scoring, with 25 points in 25 games. Joffrey Lupul will be the lone Toronto player still out when Frattin returns, and Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk have both performed well in his absence.
Frattin’s return should make Kadri even better, as the two will form a very potent scoring line alongside Clarke MacArthur. In 10 games this season, Frattin has seven goals and 10 points. He scored nine goals and added eight assists while playing in the AHL for the Toronto Marlies during the lockout, but looks to be in the NHL to stay. He was expected to join the Maple Leafs for Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators, but did not appear in that game or Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins. Frattin could re-join the team for tomorrow’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins or at least by Tuesday for a matchup with the Winnipeg Jets.