According to a report from TSN analyst and Toronto Maple Leafs insider Mark Masters, Leafs superstar Auston Matthews took to the ice at the Leafs’ training facility before team practice this morning for an informal skate.
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As Masters notes, tomorrow afternoon marks two weeks since Matthews went down with a shoulder surgery and he’s been rehabbing and testing the shoulder nearly every day since then. Officially Matthews is out “day to day” with an upper body injury, but Leafs head coach Mike Babcock admitted that the term “day to day” can mean just about anything. One day, ten days… they’re all “day to day” for the team’s coaching and management staff.
So, what could this mean for Matthews’ return? It’s too early to tell yet, but the team does have a four day break ahead of Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, so it’s not inconceivable to imagine him making his return for that game.
The Leafs have dropped four games straight and look to be on a mini-slide without their superstar top line center, so you can bet that he’s itching to return to the lineup. The 20 year old Matthews has 28 goals and 50 points in just 53 games this season. With him back in the fold Babcock will have four VERY strong centers down the middle of the ice with Matthews, Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak and trade deadline acquisition Tomas Plekanec. Rest up and get healthy, Auston because Leafs fans can’t wait to see what this team can do with a full roster.