In this edition of Toronto Maple Leafs’ player changes and moves, I’ll look at some of the changes the team is making to prepare to face the Boston Bruins. I will also look at how these moves impact the team beyond this game. Currently, the Maple Leafs have the following players out with injuries: Jake Muzzin (concussion), Jack Campbell (ribs), Ondrej Kase (head), and Rasmus Sandin (knee).

The game against the Bruins should be a good match-up of elite Atlantic Division teams. Both teams are tied after 65 games with a 41-19-5 record (and 87 points). The Atlantic Division is in a close race right now for second place. The winner of this game could move nicely in behind the Florida Panthers.

Related: Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs 5-2 Win Over the Panthers

Player Move One: Jack Campbell Is Getting Closer to a Return

Jack Campbell has traveled with the team and is expected to practice this morning. His ribs seem to be sufficiently improved to allow him to participate in both the morning skate today in Boston and then in tomorrow’s practice. 

If that schedule is followed, it will be Campbell’s first full practice since he was sidelined with a rib injury on March 8. Maple Leafs’ head coach Sheldon Keefe reported that Campbell had another good skate on Sunday and his condition is improving.

Petr Mrazek Jack Campbell Maple Leafs’ goalies

That might mean that Campbell could be back in the net later this week either against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday or against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Campbell’s season has slid, for one reason or another. 

He was in the running early for the Vezina; however, his poor save percentage since the new calendar year (only .882) renders that close to impossible. However, he’s still a good goalie who can get hot and carry this team. He’s done it before.

Player Move Two: Might Nick Abruzzese Play Soon?

Prospect Nick Abruzzese signed a two-year, entry-level deal with the Maple Leafs on the weekend. Abruzzese is now 22 years old, a forward with potential, who was picked during the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He had just finished his second season at Harvard University where he scored 77 points in 59 games during his NCAA collegiate career. 

Although Abruzzese was a scratch for Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers because he had zero time to get acclimated to the team, he has traveled with the Maple Leafs to Boston for tonight’s game and might not be far from making his NHL debut. 

Player Move Three: William Nylander Will Likely Continue to Play Bottom-Six

William Nylander began the Florida Panthers’ game playing on the bottom-six and there was a time he didn’t play much during the third period. Ilya Mikheyev took his place and the second line had a good night. John Tavares scored twice (albeit both on the power play).

William Nylander, Maple Leafs

Where will Nylander start tonight? Watching what happens with him will be interesting. It seems, about every season, he needs a bit of a wake-up call to be back on his game.

Related: Maple Leafs Rasmus Sandin Put on LTIR: Nuts, He’ll Be Missed 

Player Move Four: Carl Dahlstrom Jumps to the NHL Roster

Carl Dahlstrom joined the Maple Leafs’ active roster yesterday from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. Should Dahlstrom play tonight, it won’t be his first appearance with the Maple Leafs this season. He played on January 22. In 40 games with the Marlies, the 27-year-old Swedish defenseman has totaled 13 points. 

Player Move Five: Kyle Clifford also Jumps to the Maple Leafs’ Roster

Kyle Clifford was also brought up to the Maple Leafs’ roster and could be an option to cover some of the team’s injuries tonight against the Bruins. His physicality might be a nice addition to the team’s mix. Clifford has played in three NHL games this month; however, he hasn’t scored a point since December.

Related: Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs 4-2 Loss to Canadiens

The post Maple Leafs’ Player Changes and Moves for Bruins’ Game & Beyond appeared first on NHL Trade Talk.

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