Very strange doings today at the Leafs practice in Vancouver.
So William Nylander is wearing grey, but skated on a regular line with John Tavares and Alex Kerfoot.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 19, 2021
Ilya Mikheyev was first skater on the ice before practice, then had a chat with trainer Paul Ayotte, and now I don’t see him anymore?
Frederik Andersen and Michael Hutchinson have joined the frey. Andersen is wearing a solid grey mask.— David Alter (@dalter) April 19, 2021
Sandin skated with Bogosian during line rushes. He's also getting some reps on PP2.— David Alter (@dalter) April 19, 2021
Nylander is scouting PK for PP2. Things are weird here.— David Alter (@dalter) April 19, 2021
Looks like Robertson got some time on PP1, but they couldn't get set up. Robertson in place of Nylander.— David Alter (@dalter) April 19, 2021
This game is the last genuine opportunity to get the prospects into a game before the focus has to be get the new Maple Leafs acquired at the deadline into the game. The expectation is that Nick Foligno will join the team for Thursday’s game in Winnipeg. Ben Hutton might be available as well.
Frederik Andersen could make a return to game action, and if he does, it becomes even harder to fit anyone not in the absolute core of the team on the ice in a game. As someone who was skeptical about his health, this is good to see. If this was all just an LTIR dodge, and a time for Andersen to rest, well, that’s good.
Formal session of practice is over. Matthews take on Andersen. pic.twitter.com/YJW0oUNVqT— David Alter (@dalter) April 19, 2021
(Yes this mask is actually white, but I’m not changing the headline now.)
Meanwhile, what we all want to know is not what experimental lines will Sheldon Keefe trot out, only to change them all again tomorrow, but how is Zach Hyman?
Sheldon Keefe says Zach Hyman has a sprained MCL, will miss a minimum of two weeks— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 19, 2021
Could be worse.
Remember the LTIR rules: minimums are 10 games played, and 24 days. The next 10 games covers from now to the second last game on May 12, which is almost a month. Before the next game is that last day he can be assigned to LTIR rules as you may not assign a player to LTIR with fewer than 10 games remaining.
We should likely assume they won’t use LTIR. But this might mean no Andersen in a game before Hyman is back.
When we know more, we’ll tell you.
In other news, the reason for the grey is this:
Sheldon Keefe said William Nylander was late for a meeting today, hence the taxi squad grey.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 19, 2021
Wasn't going to play tomorrow because of it; that will be reassessed ahead of the game.
Sheldon Keefe said Ilya Mikheyev is questionable for tomorrow's game after not practicing. Didn't have a reason as to why he left the session.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 19, 2021
Sheldon Keefe said Nick Foligno will join the #Leafs in Winnipeg on Wednesday. First full day with the club will be Thursday.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) April 19, 2021
Plan is for Nick Foligno, Ben Hutton & Stefan Noesen to join the Leafs in Winnipeg on Wednesday— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) April 19, 2021
Foligno told The Chirp podcast with @darenmillard that he's hoping to play Thursday against the Jets @TSN_Edge