Maple Leafs Coach Updates on Injuries of Two Key Players

Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Calle Jarnkrok is out week-to-week with a hand injury, and winger Mitch Marner will also miss more games due to a high ankle sprain, impacting the team’s lineup as they approach the postseason.

Sheldon Keefe, the head coach for the Maple Leafs, dropped some news on Friday. Forward Calle Jarnkrok is benched for a bit. He’s got a hand injury that’s got him out week-to-week. And then there’s Mitch Marner. He’s missed a couple of games already thanks to a high ankle sprain. Looks like he won’t be hitting the ice for Saturday’s clash with the Hurricanes, Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun reports.

Don’t expect Marner back immediately, either. Keefe mentioned he’s gonna need some time to get back into the swing of things. Regular skating? Not happening till next week. As for Jarnkrok, the guy had a bit of a mishap. Lost his edge and slammed into the boards during last night’s game. They trounced the Flyers, 6-2, but it might’ve cost them.

And it’s a bit of a mystery, this injury. Is it the same as that knuckle fracture that had him out before? With the season winding down—just 33 days left—his return is up in the air. Especially if this injury’s as bad as the last one.

Now, Jarnkrok’s been solid for the Leafs. Playing in a top-nine role, he’s been worth the investment. Boasting a 52.2 Corsi-for percentage and a career-high +10.2 expected rating. Only Marner and Auston Matthews are ahead of him with a +16 rating. Sure, his scoring’s dipped a bit. Ten goals and 21 points in 52 games. But he’s versatile, filling any forward spot and logging over 15 minutes a game.

With him sidelined, it’s Nicholas Robertson’s turn to shine. The 22-year-old’s already showing promise with eight goals and 19 points this season. He’s been averaging 11:21 on the ice, all career highs. Last time Jarnkrok was out, Robertson fit right in on a strong third line. Tomorrow, he’s back in the lineup against the Coyotes, his first game since February 29. It’s his chance to step up, especially after a brief AHL stint for cap space and roster flexibility before the trade deadline.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
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