The Toronto Maple Leafs have made a roster move, calling up Mac Holloway from the AHL Toronto Marlies. Holloway will join the team until one of the injured defenseman can be slotted back into the line-up.
The move comes as a result of an injury to defenseman Rasmus Sandin, who has been placed on the injury reserve with a neck injury. While the extent of Sandin’s injury is not yet known, the Maple Leafs do not expect him to be out for an extended period of time.
The injury to Sandin is just the latest in a string of setbacks for the Maple Leafs’ defense. So far this season, the team has had to deal with injuries to seven different defensemen. Despite these challenges, the Maple Leafs have managed to maintain a strong position in the standings, and will be looking to continue their success.
Holloway, who has played for the Marlies for multiple seasons, will be playing in only his 7th NHL game if he manages to stick around past Christmas break, depending on if someone from the IR returns.. The 24-year-old defenseman picked up 2 points in his 6 games played in the NHL, being a +3. All 6 of his games have come this season, helping fill in the holes when too many defenseman are injured.
Overall, the Maple Leafs’ call-up of Holloway is a testament to the team’s depth and their ability to adapt to challenges. While the injury to Sandin is certainly a blow, the Maple Leafs are confident that Holloway will be able to step up and help the team continue their strong performance. The Leafs currently sit second in the Atlantic behind the Bruins.
The 7 injured defenseman this season have been Sandin, Muzzin, Brodie, Liljegren, Rielly, Mete, and Dahlstrom.