The Maple Leafs played their final game of the pre-season Saturday night and picked up a definitive win over the Ottawa Senators. Here’s our recap of the game.
Next for the Leafs are the final roster cuts before the main event begins. The first game of the regular season is Wednesday, so any player that needs to be placed on waivers or sent to the Marlies directly will see that happen in about the next 48 hours.
One unfortunate wrinkle in these plans cropped up last night when Ilya Mikheyev injured his hand in an awkward fall. The man is cursed. He just can’t catch a break with this team.
Closer look at Mikheyev falling— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 10, 2021
You can see him land on his hand pic.twitter.com/eTSZ0V8XRL
In pain on the bench pic.twitter.com/fr2ehlFo5s— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 10, 2021
Sheldon Keefe said after the game that it doesn’t look good, but they need to examine his hand further to be certain. This could open a roster spot for a winger who would otherwise be sent to the Marlies if Mikheyev does have to go on the injured reserve list. We should know more soon.
Sheldon Keefe said the hand injury Ilya Mikheyev suffered tonight doesn’t look like it’ll be something short-term. Will know more tomorrow.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) October 10, 2021
Meanwhile, it was a big day for several Leafs prospects that all decided they would score some nice goals as a Thanksgiving appetizer.
Дмитрий Овчинников откомандировался к «Сибирским Снайперам» и шайбой в меньшинстве (*первой в МХЛ в этом сезоне) напомнил нам о том, какие ошибки не прощаются 💥— Молодежная Хоккейная Лига (@MHL_rus) October 9, 2021
OK, this one is actually a #leafsprospectsnotscoring, but Kevin is correct, it is a filthy move.
Knies comes close to scoring a highlight reel goal.— Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) October 9, 2021
Filthy move pic.twitter.com/l0bFjnSJam
How are things going for ex-Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen at his new home in Carolina?
On the other hand, how are things going for ex-Carolina Hurricanes goalie Alex Nedeljkovic at his new home with the Detroit Red Wings?
The PWHPA announced their All-Star Team roster that will play against the US Women’s National Team in a series of scrimmages on October 14, 15 and 17 in advance of the Olympics coming up in February. Their roster announcement was split in several Tweets, but I had to pull out the one featuring fellow Hamiltonian Laura Fortino.