Toronto Maple Leafs Player News: All Positions

News: Andersen is expected to start in the home goal for Monday's game against the Blue Jackets, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Andersen carries a three-game win streak into this contest, and he's been a major part of the team's success with a .931 save percentage and 2.28 GAA in that span. He draws a favorable matchup against the offensively limited Blue Jackets, who have averaged just 2.25 goals per game.
News: Johnsson (leg) will play in Monday's game against the Blue Jackets, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Johnsson felt the effects of blocking a shot during Saturday's game against the Bruins, but he was able to shake it off and practice Monday, proving he's ready to go. He'll continue to play on the top line with Auston Matthews, and he's enjoyed success in that position lately with five points -- three on the power play -- over the last six games.
News: Matthews picked up an assist in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins.
Impact: It's just his second helper of the season against seven goals. Matthews started the game against Patrice Bergeron, whom he rarely lined up against last year. And by the third period, coach Mike Babcock put Frederik Gauthier against Bergeron in the face-off dot instead of Matthews. The young superstar has a chance to become a dominant two-way player, but he needs to shore up his face-off skills to do that. Still, Matthews is a stud fantasy play who just happens to have the best shot in the NHL. Bar none.
News: Kerfoot scored a goal in Saturday's 4-3 overtime victory over Boston.
Impact: Kerfoot has five points (three goals, two assists) in nine games, but has managed points in just three games. He certainly has fantasy value over the long haul, but there will be short-term fluctuations in his game. And that will make Kerfoot a challenging activation in head-to-head and daily formats.
News: Andersen made 43 saves in a 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins on Saturday.
Impact: Andersen has been middling at best so far this season, but he was dialed in Saturday night. We all got a bit of a scare when David Backes ran Andersen, hitting him helmet-to-helmet and pushing the goalie's head hard against the crossbar. But Andersen was no worse for wear, even with his history of concussions. The Great Dane has now won three consecutive games.
News: Marner picked up two assists in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins.
Impact: Marner has 11 points, including eight helpers, in nine games, tying him with Morgan Rielly for the team lead in scoring. And five of those points have come in the last three games. Marner is currently on a 100-point pace. You know what to do.
News: Rielly scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, in Saturday's 4-3 victory over Boston.
Impact: Rielly has 11 points in nine games, so his fantasy game is strong. In fact, he leads the Leafs in scoring. However, his on-ice work is sadly compromised by playing with Cody Ceci, who's abysmal in his own zone. Watch for the Leafs to move Travis Dermott alongside Rielly when the former returns from injury. That's good for the Leafs and fantasy owners alike.
News: Johnsson suffered a leg injury Saturday against Boston and will not return.
Impact: Johnsson blocked a shot that left him a bit gimpy, and he ultimately had to leave the game. He played 10:36 and drew an assist on Morgan Rielly's first-period goal before departing. Following the game, Leafs head coach Mike Babcock informed the media that X-rays on Johnsson's leg came back negative. Look for the team to update his status Sunday or Monday, as Toronto prepares to battle the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
News: Andersen will start Saturday's matchup against the Bruins, Dave McCarthy of NHL.com reports.
Impact: This will be Andersen's seventh start in Toronto's first nine games. He'll be looking to exact revenge on the Bruins team that knocked the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs last season, but Andersen has been shaky thus far. The 30-year-old netminder's 4-2-0 record comes despite a 3.14 GAA and .893 save percentage.
News: Tavares will be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks due to a broken finger.
Impact: This is awful news for the Maple Leafs and fantasy owners alike, as Tavares has enjoyed a strong start to the season, racking up three goals and seven points through his first eight games. The 29-year-old pivot will miss Toronto's next six contests at a minimum and could be sidelined even longer if his broken finger doesn't respond well to treatment. Alex Kerfoot could be in line for top-six minutes while Tavares, who will undoubtedly be placed on injured reserve, is sidelined.
News: Bracco registered a pair of assists in AHL Toronto's 4-3 win over Hershey on Wednesday.
Impact: On the heels of a season in which he finished second in AHL scoring (79 points in 75 games) as a 22-year-old, Bracco has already racked up six helpers in his first four 2019-20 contests. He's clearly ready to help the Leafs offensively, but Bracco is limited to playing the right wing and there are no openings on the NHL roster at the moment. His NHL debut figures to come at some point later this season.
News: Hutchinson allowed four goals on 32 shots in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in Washington.
Impact: The Leafs staked Hutchinson to a 2-0 lead in the first period, but they watched it disappear, as the hosts responded by scoring the next four goals. The start of the 2019-20 season has been unkind to Toronto's backup netminder. With an 0-1-1 record, a 3.98 GAA and an .886 save percentage, Mike Babcock is going to have a tough time trusting Hutchinson if he continues to turn in performances like the one we saw Wednesday in Washington.
News: Muzzin finished Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Washington with an assist.
Impact: The Maple Leafs' top-four blueliner has now collected assists in three of the last four games. Despite the loss, Muzzin continues turning in solid performances on a nightly basis, able to post a plus-2 rating in the loss. A tough Saturday matchup with the Bruins now awaits Muzzin and the Maple Leafs.
News: Holl collected an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Washington.
Impact: The third-pairing defenseman for the Maple Leafs picked up his second assist of the season on Ilya Mikheyev's goal, scored midway through the first period. Not known to be a reliable contributor on offense, Holl is not deserving of a regular lineup spot in fantasy. The 27-year-old is only relevant in the deepest of formats.
News: Moore drew an assist on Kasperi Kapanen's shorthanded goal, but Toronto still fell 4-3 to the Capitals on Wednesday.
Impact: The shorthanded tally was Moore's first point on special teams this season, giving him two assists and three goals in eight games. If he continues to play at this level, it's hard to imagine Moore ever riding another bus in the minors.
News: Tavares scored in a 4-3 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday.
Impact: The goal, scored late in the third period, extends Tavares' point streak to four games and gives him seven in eight games to begin 2019-20. It's been up-and-down in the early going for Toronto's captain, still without a power-play goal, but you could do far worse than Tavares' near point-a-game pace. A Saturday matchup with Boston now awaits the Maple Leafs.
News: Mikheyev scored his third goal of the season in a 4-3 loss to the Capitals, while also finishing with a team-high five shots.
Impact: Coming over from the KHL, it was anybody's guess how Mikheyev's game would translate to the NHL style of play. Well, the winger has been highly effective to start the year, with seven points in eight games, and the Maple Leafs gamble on Mikheyev appears to be paying off in the early stages of the 2019-20 season. He's effectively replaced Kasperi Kapanen on Toronto's second line, so you'd be wise to add Mikheyev to your lineup, provided he's still available.
News: Kapanen scored a shorthanded goal and collected a pair of even-strength assists in a 4-3 loss to the Capitals on Wednesday.
Impact: Since putting up four goose eggs to begin the 2019-20 season, Kapanen has collected five points in his last four contests. His team's result notwithstanding, the top-six winger will certainly take several positives from Wednesday's loss. The shorthanded goal was Kapanen's first point on special teams this season. He may have to rely more on shorthanded production in the future, as Kapanen saw just 21 seconds of power-play time in Wednesday's loss.
News: Hutchinson is expected to start in Wednesday's road game against the Capitals.
Impact: The Maple Leafs will play their second game in as many days, so Hutchinson will get the nod. His first and only start of the year was brutal, as he allowed five goals on 42 shots in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Canadiens. The Caps' offense is thriving with 16 goals over their last four contests, so Hutchinson will need to be on top of his game to get back on track.
News: Johnsson scored a goal and added an assist in 16:50 of ice time during Tuesday's 4-2 win over Minnesota.
Impact: Johnsson has been skating on the Maple Leafs' first line and top power-play unit of late, and he's taken full advantage of the opportunity, notching two goals and four points in his last four games. If the 24-year-old Swede is still on the waiver wire in your league, he's worth an immediate add.
News: Marner scored a power-play goal and added two assists, one also with the man advantage, in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: The Leafs scored all four of their goals in the second period and Marner was the driving force behind the offensive surge. The 22-year-old now has three goals and nine points through seven games to begin the season, with six of those points (two goals, four assists) coming on the power play.
News: Rielly picked up four assists, two on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: He also added six shots, two PIM and a plus-2 rating. The Leafs erupted for four goals in the second period and Rielly was in on them all, nearly doubling his point total on the season in one fell swoop. The 25-year-old now has nine points, all helpers, through seven games.
News: Anderson made 27 saves in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Wild.
Impact: The Leafs erupted for four goals in the second period, giving Andersen all the cushion he needed. The 30-year-old is now 4-2-0 to begin the season with a 3.14 GAA and .893 save percentage, numbers which should improve as he puts last week's seven-goal debacle against the Lightning further behind him.
News: Andersen will guard the cage against the Wild on Tuesday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Andersen has already seen mixed results early this season but is coming off a strong 27-save win over the Red Wings. His .886 save percentage and 3.38 GAA looks rough on paper but it should improve against a floundering Minnesota offense. Andersen is still a must-start in all formats right now.
News: The Maple Leafs recalled Gravel from AHL Toronto on Monday.
Impact: Gravel is heading up while 19-year-old Rasmus Sandin is on his way to the minors. Gravel has 13 points in 106 NHL games, so he won't have a major fantasy impact. In fact, he may not even draw into the lineup, and he'll top out as a bottom-pairing player if he does.
News: The Maple Leafs assigned Sandin to AHL Toronto on Monday.
Impact: Sandin slotted in for six games with the big club and averaged just 12:13 TOI. He managed two assists in limited action. The 19-year-old -- who was the Maple Leafs' first-round pick (29th overall) in 2018 -- will fine-tune his game in the minors for now while veteran Kevin Gravel is called up to take his place with the big club. Last season, Sandin posted 28 points in 44 AHL games.
News: Making his first AHL start Saturday, Woll stopped all 23 shots in faced in Toronto's 3-0 shutout of Manitoba.
Impact: Woll is clearly recovered from a broken finger he suffered last month at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament. The 2016 third-rounder (62nd overall) was a bit up and down in his three years at Boston College, but his potential is undeniable. Expect Woll and fellow goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to split time in net for the Marlies this season.
News: Andersen made 25 saves in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Saturday night.
Impact: That was a nice settle-me-down effort after Thursday's seven-goal loss against Tampa Bay. The Leafs have a lot of new faces this season, so they need to learn how to play together. Andersen will need to be his superstar self while they work that out. Remember the Blues last season? They suffered with the same storming and norming for the first half of the season. Andersen must be hoping his Leafs go through that a whole lot faster. He's still a great fantasy play, but it's important to have realistic expectations.
News: Timashov delivered a two-assist effort Saturday in a 5-2 victory over the Red Wings.
Impact: He also finished plus-2 and delivered three hits. Timashov moves in and out of the lineup on the Leafs' fourth line, so this performance might earn him a little extra playing time. After all, he does have three points in three games so far. We'll see. Timashov has no fantasy value until he can score regular playing time.
News: Shore scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Saturday.
Impact: They were Shore's first points in blue and white. He continues to rotate through the fourth line and that limits any fantasy value he might have.
News: Mikheyev scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-2 victory over the Red Wings.
Impact: Mikheyev has been a real pleasant surprise for the Leafs this season. He's smart and versatile, and he's always between the puck and net. Mikheyev has five points, including two goals, in six games this season while skating on the team's third line. Keep an eye on the Buds -- Mikheyev could go up the lines if Kasperi Kapanen can't get the job done with John Tavares and Mitch Marner. You'd be wise to stash him fast.
News: Andersen will tend the road twine Saturday versus the Red Wings, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Andersen was torched for seven goals on 28 shots by the Lightning on Thursday night, and he's now yielded 10 goals and posted an .828 save percentage over the last two games. He's looking to get back on track against the Red Wings, who have showed more life this year with four or more goals in three of four games so far.
News: Kapanen picked up an assist Thursday in a 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: It was nice to see Kapanen get that proverbial monkey off his back. He has one assist in five games, but his speed game looks great. And hitting the scoreboard hopefully means Kapanen is getting used to playing his off wing.
News: Andersen was pulled in the third period of Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Lightning. He made just 21 saves on 28 shots.
Impact: All seven goals were on him, but they weren't all his fault. The Bolts' top line put up 11 points and their puck movement was absolutely dizzying. This one was ugly, but Andersen will shake this off.
News: Tavares scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's 7-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
Impact: It was a beautiful tip-in from the Leafs' new captain. Tavares' goal scoring has gotten off to a slow start -- it's Game 5. But now that he's on the board, you can expect the goals and points to come in bunches. Tavares now has four points in five games.
News: Matthews scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Lightning.
Impact: Both points came in a wild first period that featured seven goals. The assist was actually his first of the season and the goal was his sixth. Matthews has taken his game to a whole new level and as long as he remains healthy, he'll cement himself as the NHL's best sniper. Yes, you read that right. That shot is the league's best, hands down.
News: Andersen will patrol the crease in Thursday's home game against the Lightning, NHL.com's Dave McCarthy reports.
Impact: Andersen has enjoyed a solid start to the season, posting a 2-1-0 record while registering a 2.37 GAA and .918 save percentage in three appearances. The Danish netminder will look to stay dialed in while attempting to pick up his third victory of the campaign in a home matchup with a Tampa Bay team that's averaged 3.67 goals per contest through its first three games of 2019-20.
News: Toronto placed Kossila (undisclosed) on waivers Tuesday, Chris Johnston of the NHL Network reports.
Impact: Kossila has been recovering from an undisclosed injury he sustained during the Maple Leafs' second preseason contest, which is the only reason he's remained on the big club's roster this long. As long as he goes unclaimed, the 26-year-old will be assigned to AHL Toronto.
News: Ceci collected an assist and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Ceci's up to a goal and two assists through four games this season. Theoretically, the blueliner is the more defensive player on a pairing with Morgan Rielly, but a move to a strong offense like Toronto's could see Ceci challenge his career high of 26 points, which he achieved both last year and in 2015-16.
News: Johnsson registered an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: It took four games for Johnsson to find the scoresheet, but he's had four hits, seven shots and six PIM to contribute for fantasy owners in other ways. Johnsson had a breakout campaign with 43 points in 73 games last season, and playing in the Maple Leafs' top-six should reap continued benefits for the Swede.
News: Petan posted an assist while skating 5:41 in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Petan combined with fellow fourth-liners Jason Spezza and Frederik Gauthier for the Maple Leafs' first goal in the contest. He's appeared in two games and produced two hits. The 24-year-old forward sees too limited minutes to make an impact in fantasy.
News: Spezza recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Spezza has appeared in only two games this season, and he skated only 8:41 in this contest. The limited role will make it difficult for the Toronto native to match the 27 points he had last season with the Stars. He's safe to avoid from a fantasy perspective.
News: Nylander scored a goal on four shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Nylander scored only 24 seconds after Frederik Gauthier got the Maple Leafs on the board. The short blitz of offense wasn't enough for the win, but Nylander has a pair of goals and assists each through four games.
News: Gauthier scored a goal on three shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: Gauthier has scored twice this season, just one shy of the mark he had in 70 contests last season. The Quebec seems to have a firmer grasp on his fourth-line duties, but he still hasn't topped 11 minutes in a game yet. He's fired six shots on goal in four games despite the limited ice time.
News: Andersen allowed three goals on 30 shots in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Blues.
Impact: It wasn't a bad performance by Andersen, but more of a case of the Maple Leafs not having their best night in support of their goalie. The Dane suffered his first loss of the season, but he's allowed only seven goals over three starts so far. If he draws Thursday's goaltending assignment versus the Lightning, it could be a much tougher task.
News: Robertson tallied a goal and an assist in OHL Peterborough's 4-3 win over Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.
Impact: The combination of Robertson (13 points) and fellow Toronto prospect Semyon Der-Aguchintsev (14 points) have been unstoppable in Peterborough's first six contests. The Leafs thought enough of Robertson to hand him an entry-level contract in early September, just months after they spent a second round pick on him in this past June's draft. Robertson should remain one of the OHL's top offensive weapons all season long.
News: Spezza will be back in the lineup Monday after sitting out two of the Leafs' first three games.
Impact: So far, coach Mike Babcock has been alternating Spezza and Nick Shore as the fourth-line pivot. Neither man is standing out against the other, but neither is causing a problem, either. Spezza's fantasy value is long in the past at this point and that's made worse with part-time play.
News: Ceci has a goal and an assist in three games and is averaging around 23 minutes of ice time.
Impact: Ceci is great illustration of the differences between on-ice and fantasy value. He's chewing up huge minutes, as coach Mike Babcock is relying heavily on his top-four, and he's getting points. But his in-game decision-making is questionable at best and his missed reads were glaring Saturday night against Montreal. So far, the assignments haven't been tough given the opposition, but Ceci's flaws will be exposed against elite teams. Still, if he can put up offense, fantasy owners will be happy.
News: Coach Mike Babcock said Hyman (knee) is still a few weeks away from getting back into action, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Babcock didn't allude to a specific timeline, but he was initially slated to return in late October after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. There's no reason to think that's not a realistic time frame since Hyman has been skating since August. The 27-year-old will need to take contact in practice before that can happen. Fantasy owners should beware that Hyman may end up on the third line, and it's unclear if this injury will hamper his abilities going forward.
News: Sandin is averaging 10:36 on the Leafs' third defense pairing.
Impact: The kid looks good, but coach Mike Babcock is playing his top four a ton -- all are averaging over 22:30. As good as Sandin is, his development would be better served as a top guy in the AHL rather than warming the bench in the NHL.
News: Shore has no shots and one minor penalty in two games with the Leafs.
Impact: It looks like coach Mike Babcock will be rotating Shore and Jason Spezza on the fourth line, and both will get limited ice time. Shore will likely help in PK situations, but won't be valuable in the fantasy arena.
News: Marincin saw his ice time drop to under 10 minutes in Saturday's loss to Montreal.
Impact: Marincin played close to 14 minutes opening night and then sat out Friday. He was back in a limited capacity Saturday and ended up with just 8:14 in ice time. Sadly, his efforts on the ice can often be described in adventures in defending, and that just won't cut it as a full-time NHL blueliner. Marincin hasn't played more than 25 games in an NHL season since 2015-16.
News: Kapanen has no points, a minus-3 rating and just four shots in his first three games.
Impact: In the grand scheme of things, this isn't a worry. But Kapanen's faux pas Saturday with the tossed stick at Montreal defender Jeff Petry makes his slow start really loud. Especially playing in such a plum role beside John Tavares and Mitch Marner, who have combined for eight points - without him. The situation Saturday resulted in a penalty shot for Petry, who drained it. And while it wasn't the only reason the Leafs lost, it sure didn't help. At this point, you'd be best served benching him and missing a potential breakout than absorbing his inefficiency. He should crank it up soon, but the looming return of Zach Hyman (knee) will result in Kapanen's demotion to the third line.
News: Andersen will get the starting not at home against the Blues on Monday, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Andersen got the night off Saturday, as Michael Hutchinson took the second game of the back-to-back. The 29-year-old Andersen is undefeated to start the year, along with a 2.00 GAA and .927 save percentage in two outings. The netminder could face a reduced workload Monday, considering the Blues are averaging just 26.0 shots so far, second fewest in the league.
News: Barrie picked up two assists in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Impact: Both came on the power play. Barrie is a beast on the power play and the Leafs need to find a way to have both him and Morgan Rielly consistently on the ice together with the man advantage. In the last two seasons, Barrie put up 25 power-play points and averaged 58 points each season. He may deliver more this year surrounded by the powerful Toronto offence.
News: Matthews scored twice in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday night.
Impact: The big center already has five goals in three games. And a three-game goal streak on the go, too. Matthews has the best snot in the NHL and his release is unbelievably quick and deceptive. He could flirt with 60 goals if he can stay healthy. You know what to do.
News: Nylander scored a power-play goal Saturday in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal.
Impact: Nylander is playing on the Leafs' second power-play unit, but that group is as good as most other team's first units (or better even). The goal was his first this season, but he's already riding a three-game, three-point scoring streak. Take advantage!
News: Kerfoot scored a goal and added two power-play assists in Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal.
Impact: We knew Leafs' fans would be in for a treat with this talented pivot and he showed that Saturday night. These points were Kerfoot's first in blue and white. His career mark is 43 set in 2017-18. Given the Leafs' overall speed and talent, Kerfoot could exceed those numbers. And help you off the wire.
News: Hutchinson made 37 saves in a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal on Saturday night.
Impact: His teammates gave him a 4-1 lead at the 5:16 mark of the third. But Hutchinson gave up four goals, including three shorthanded, in under 10 minutes. Coach Mike Babcock has little patience for poor performances from backup goalies, so Hutch had better get his game together fast or he won't see much playing time.
News: Rielly picked up three assists, two on the power play, in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: The 25-year-old blueliner also added two shots, two blocked shots, two hits, two PIM and a plus-1 rating to his tally for the night. Rielly racked up a career-high 72 points last season, a 20-point jump from the year before, but he's wasting no time in proving that level of production was no fluke with four helpers through the first two games of 2019-20.
News: Tavares notched two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: He also chipped in two shots and a plus-1 rating. Tavares and Mitch Marner already look to be in midseason form as one of the most dangerous duos in the NHL, and the 29-year-old center has three quick helpers -- two with the man advantage -- through the first two games of the year.
News: Marner scored two goals and an assist while adding four shots, two blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: His first goal and his helper both came on the power play. Marner was a dynamo, leading all Toronto forwards in ice time (19:33) while handling significant roles on both special-teams units, and the 22-year-old has already started to earn his big six-year contract with four points (two goals, two assists) through the first two games of the season.
News: Andersen stopped 28 shots in Friday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Impact: Cam Atkinson ruined his shutout bid in the second period on the power play, but Andersen otherwise stood tall and made a number of big saves until the Leafs were able to pull away in the third. The 30-year-old netminder is off to a fast start to the season, going 2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .927 save percentage through his first two games.
News: Hutchinson is expected to be between the pipes at home versus Montreal on Saturday, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: While Frederik Andersen takes the first game of the back-to-back, Hutchinson will get the second on home ice against the Habs. The 29-year-old played in just nine NHL games last year, in which he went 3-4-2 with an .887 save percentage. Unless he can prove to be a more capable No. 2 option, the Leafs will likely use Hutchinson sparingly this year and allow Andersen to play another 60-plus games.
News: Andersen will get the starting nod for Friday's road clash with Columbus, Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: Despite walking away with a win, Andersen will no doubt be eager to improve upon his Opening Night form, in which he gave up three goals on 26 shots to the Senators. With a back-to-back on the schedule, it wouldn't have been a shock to see Andersen get the night off on the road, but perhaps the coaching staff wants to let him work through any early-season rust. On the road last year, Andersen went 18-6-6 in 30 games with a .919 save percentage.
News: Rielly picked up his first assist of the season in Wednesday's 5-3 victory over the Senators.
Impact: It was just another typical busy night at the office for Rielly, who logged 25:37. Included in that was 4:39 on the power play and 2:58 shorthanded. Rielly currently remains on the top power-play unit, with newcomer Tyson Barrie running the second. But a two-D system is a distinct possibility given the firepower on the squad. Rielly's production will once again be excellent, so plug him in and let him ride.
News: Johnsson saw more than four minutes of ice time on the power play Wednesday night against Ottawa, but failed to record a point.
Impact: His spot on the top unit is likely fluid, but so far, so good. Johnsson brings a smart, heavy presence to the power play and to the top six alongside John Tavares and Mitch Marner. Points will flow soon enough, especially with those two. He's a worthy activation -- the Leafs truly have two top lines and Johnsson will deliver.
News: Abramov picked up a hat trick and added an assist in QMJHL Victoriaville's 6-2 win over Baie-Comeau on Wednesday.
Impact: Abramov now has seven points in his last two contests on the heels of posting just a single helper in his first four games this season. The 2019 fourth-rounder (115th overall) is a talented offensive weapon, but he's a perimeter player who lacks strength. The Leafs will allow Abramov to develop in the "Q" for the foreseeable future.
News: Muzzin was paired with newcomer Tyson Barrie at even-strength in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Ottawa.
Impact: He didn't pick up any points, but showed flashes of dominating, first-pairing play. No offense to Morgan Reilly, but the Barrie-Muzzin duo give Toronto something it hasn't had in decades and that's a dominant top pairing on the blue line. Muzzin saw a tiny amount of power-play time, but delivered more shorthanded and in peripheral categories like hits, takeaways and blocks. He might not dominate in the fantasy arena, but Muzzin is going to be a key player in the Leafs' march toward Lord Stanley come June.
News: Muzzin was paired with newcomer Tyson Barrie at even strength in Wednesday's 5-3 win over Ottawa.
Impact: He didn't pick up any points, but showed flashes of dominating, first-pairing play. No offense to Morgan Reilly, but the Barrie-Muzzin duo give Toronto something it hasn't had in decades and that's a dominant top pairing on the blue line. Muzzin saw a tiny amount of power-play time, but delivered more shorthanded and in peripheral categories like hits, takeaways and blocks. He might not dominate in the fantasy arena, but Muzzin is going to be a key player in the Leafs' march toward Lord Stanley come June.
News: Liljegren was reassigned to AHL Toronto on Thursday.
Impact: Liljegren was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's Opening Night clash with Ottawa and likely would have struggled to break into the lineup. Rather than relegate him to the press box every night, the club opted to send the blueliner to the Marlies, where he can get into game action. In his place, Toronto promoted Nicolas Petan for added forward depth.
News: Petan was promoted from AHL Toronto on Thursday.
Impact: In order to add more forward depth, the Leafs flipped Timothy Liljegren for Petan. After being brought over from Winnipeg at the trade deadline last year, the 24-year-old center appeared in just five games for Toronto, in which he notched one goal, five shots and a minus-3 rating while averaging 8:42 of ice time. Even with his promotion, Petan is likely to spend chunks of time in the press box, which makes him a low-end fantasy option at best.
News: Timashov recorded a secondary assist in his NHL debut Wednesday, contributing to a 5-3 home win over the Senators.
Impact: The 23-year-old winger is an interesting fantasy option since he played extensively in the Swedish Hockey league, QMJHL and AHL before this successful NHL debut. Last season, he finished third on the Marlies in points with 49 (14 goals, 35 assists) through 72 minor-league contests. It's going to be difficult for him to consistently generate offense as a fourth-liner who'll be hard-pressed to hit 10 minutes per game most nights, but so far, so good.
News: Tavares registered a power-play assist Wednesday in a 5-3 season-opening home win over the Senators.
Impact: Tavares simply jarred the puck out of traffic, with Mitch Marner executing an amazing no-look pass to Auston Matthews to widen the lead to 4-2 in the second period. When it comes to high-profile players like Tavares, a one-point outing usually isn't enough to meet value in DFS formats, but he's exceeded a point-per-game average for two years running and remains one of the very best at the center spot.
News: Andersen stopped 23 of 26 shots Wednesday to help lift Toronto to a 5-3 win over Ottawa.
Impact: Coming off a terrific preseason, Andersen wasn't terribly busy Wednesday but his 23-save effort was enough to secure the victory. The 29-year-old is in his fourth season as the Toronto starter and is coming off a 2018-19 campaign in which he went 36-16-7 with a 2.77 GAA and .917 save percentage.
News: Barrie collected a pair of assists and led all defensemen with six shots on goal in Toronto's season-opening 5-3 win over the Senators on Wednesday.
Impact: Making his Toronto debut, Barrie set up a Trevor Moore goal in the second period and assisted on Ilya Mikheyev's game-winner in the third period. Barrie, who was acquired via trade from Colorado in July, has eclipsed the 50-point plateau in three of the last five seasons and could see that production spike even more in Toronto.
News: Mikheyev scored on his only shot and picked up an assist to go with a plus-2 rating in Toronto's 5-3 win over Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: The 24-year-old rookie scored what proved to be the game-winner midway through the third period, one-timing a Tyson Barrie feed at the bottom of the right faceoff circle. He also assisted on a Trevor Moore goal in the second period. Mikheyev scored 23 goals in 62 games in the KHL in 2018-19 and could be a name to keep an eye on.
News: Moore scored a goal on three shots and was a plus-2 in Toronto's 5-3 win over Ottawa in Wednesday's season opener.
Impact: Moore buried a rebound in front of the Ottawa net to give Toronto a 2-1 lead less than five minutes into the second period. The 24-year-old collected two goals and five assists in 25 games last season, his first in the NHL.
News: Gauthier scored on his only shot Wednesday in Toronto's season-opening 5-3 win over the Senators.
Impact: Skating on Toronto's fourth line in the season opener, Gauthier knocked home a loose puck in front of the net to get the Maple Leafs on the board early in the second period. It's an encouraging start for the 24-year-old, who scored only three goals in 70 games in 2018-19.
News: Matthews scored a pair of goals and led all players with eight shots in Toronto's 5-3 win over Ottawa on Wednesday.
Impact: Matthews scored consecutive goals just under seven minutes apart in the second period, the second tally coming on the power play. It was an explosive start to the regular season for the 22-year-old, who endured a turbulent end to training camp after an alleged off-ice incident from May became publicly known just over a week ago. A healthy Matthews could very well surpass the 37 goals and 73 points he posted a year ago.
News: Andersen will patrol the crease in Wednesday's home matchup with the Senators, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Andersen was ridiculously sharp during preseason play, compiling a 3-0-0 record while posting an extraordinary 0.30 GAA and .988 save percentage in four appearances. The Danish netminder will look to ride that momentum and pick up his first win of the 2019-20 campaign in a highly favorable home Opening Night matchup with an Ottawa team that went 11-28-2 on the road last season.
News: Hyman (knee) was designated for injured reserve Monday.
Impact: Hyman is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in late April. The initial timeline had Hyman coming back in late October, so his placement on injured reserve isn't surprising. Hyman has been skating, though, so he's making progress in his rehab and may make a quicker return than expected. The 27-year-old winger posted 41 points in 71 games last year, and he should have a significant role once he's back at full speed.
News: Dermott (shoulder) was designated for injured reserve Monday.
Impact: Dermott is expected to miss the first 12-14 games of the season, so his placement on injured reserve shouldn't come as a surprise. In the blueliner's stead, Justin Holl and Timothy Liljegren both earned a spot on the 23-man roster, with one of them likely headed for the minors once Dermott is given the all-clear.
News: Read signed a minor-league contract with Toronto after being released from a professional tryout offer Monday.
Impact: The 33-year-old was a long shot to make the Maple Leafs' roster, but he'll be a solid leader for their young players' development in the minors. Read played in 61 AHL games last year for Minnesota's affiliate, posting 16 goals and 37 points.
News: Marchment will start the season on non-roster injured reserve, the club announced Monday.
Impact: Marchment picked up an undisclosed injury during training camp and now will start the year on IR. The winger figures to land in the minors as soon as given the green light to play and could struggle to earn a promotion this season.
News: The Maple Leafs placed Kossila (undisclosed) on non-roster injured reserve Monday.
Impact: Kossila left a preseason game Sept. 18 as a precautionary measure, and it appears that mystery injury has developed into a real issue. The 26-year-old won't count on the team's 23-man roster, and he'll be eligible to return Oct. 7 for a matchup against the Blues. Once he's healthy, however, Kossila will likely head to AHL Toronto.
News: Wilson (hamstring) was placed on waivers Monday in order to reassign him to the minors.
Impact: Wilson dealt with a hamstring injury throughout the preseason, so it shouldn't be a surprise to see him dropped down to the minors. Once the winger can prove he is fully fit, he figures to be in contention for a spot in the lineup and could earn a call-up sooner rather than later.
News: Gravel was designated for waivers for the purpose of reassignment to the minors Monday.
Impact: Gravel lost out on a spot in the lineup due to the emergence of youngsters Martin Marincin and Rasmus Sandin. The 26-year-old played in 36 games for the Oilers last season, in which he tallied three helpers while averaging 14:43 of ice time. An injury on the blue line could see Gravel make his way back into the 23-man roster.
News: The Maple Leafs waived Petan for reassignment to AHL Toronto.
Impact: Petan didn't play any AHL games last year, but he also was rarely used in the NHL, suiting up for just 18 games and posting three points. He'll land in the minors if he clears waivers, but he could be called up in the event of injuries.
News: The Maple Leafs waived Agostino for reassignment to AHL Toronto.
Impact: Agostino played in 63 NHL games last year between the Devils and Canadiens, posting 24 points and logging occasional power-play minutes. However, the 27-year-old winger has spent most of his career in the minors, so it won't be surprising if he clears waivers.
News: Andersen is the starter for Saturday's preseason finale against the Red Wings, Paul Hendrick of Leafs Nation Network reports.
Impact: Andersen is the unquestioned No. 1 in net for Toronto, and he'll look to build some momentum heading into the regular season here.
News: The Maple Leafs waived Aberg for the purpose of reassignment to AHL Toronto on Saturday, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Aberg played for four different teams over the last two years, so it wouldn't be surprising if another squad scooped him off waivers. He had respectable success last year, totaling 13 goals and 25 points -- seven on the power play -- in 59 NHL games. Aberg has the potential to be the "next man up" if the Leafs run into the injury bug.
News: Hutchinson will get the starting nod for Friday's preseason matchup with Detroit, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Impact: Barring a disastrous outing, Hutchinson appears to have secured the No. 2 spot behind Frederik Andersen heading into the 2019-20 campaign. Considering Andersen has reached the 60-game mark in each of the previous three seasons, the 28-year-old Hutchinson likely won't play in more than 25-30 contests this season.
News: Matthews, who is facing disorderly conduct charges in Arizona following an alleged incident in May, failed to disclose the incident to the Maple Leafs, reports the Toronto Star. The team found out about it on Twitter.
Impact: "We obviously are disappointed," said general manager Kyle Dubas on Wednesday night. "Like I said, it's been a distraction, to the team and to everyone involved." Dubas was obviously upset, but credited Matthews for his sincerity in owning up to the incident. Matthews, who has been tearing up the preseason, admitted before Wednesday's game that not informing anyone on the team "was an error in judgement on my part." It seemed to affect Matthews on the ice for the first couple periods of the team's win over Montreal on Wednesday. His play was tight. The distraction will pass, but the situation is serious. And it has raised questions about his leadership.
News: Andersen will be between the pipes for Wednesday's preseason clash with Montreal, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Andersen stopped all 26 shots he faced from Buffalo on Friday before giving the third period to Michael Hutchinson. The 28-year-old Anderson reached the 60-game mark in each of his previous three seasons and should do so again in 2019-20. Backed by one of the most star-studded offenses in the league, the Dane is certainly capable of compiling a third consecutive 35-plus win campaign and could be a Vezina Trophy candidate.
News: Matthews is facing disorderly conduct charges in Scottsdale, Arizona after an incident in May, Kevin McGran of The Toronto Star reports.
Impact: The complaint states Matthews and a group of friends allegedly attempted to enter a female security guard's vehicle around 2:00 a.m. on May 26. It also alleges that Matthews was intoxicated. According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Leafs released a statement saying Matthews and the team are cooperating with the investigation but won't comment at this time.
News: Neuvirth has been released from his professional tryout, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: He saw just two periods of preseason action due to an unspecified injury. It's not clear if the 31-year-old Neuvirth will catch on with another NHL team or find his way to the AHL.
News: Hutchinson made 38 saves, including 19 in the final frame, in a shutout win over Montreal on Monday night.
Impact: It was a great game for Hutch, who had struggled with just five saves on 34 shots leading into the contest. However, critics are quick to point out that few shots really challenged the goalie. Hutchinson failed to impress late in 2018-19, but appears to have the inside track to back up Frederik Andersen. His playing time will be tied to coach Mike Babcock's trust in him, so we'll see if that happens. Otherwise, the team will once again tire an overworked Andersen, leaving it vulnerable in the postseason.
News: The Maple Leafs released Neuvirth from his professional tryout agreement Tuesday.
Impact: This news doesn't come as a surprise, as the oft-injured Neuvirth wasn't even able to get through Toronto's training camp without missing time due to an undisclosed issue, so there was no way that the Maple Leafs could trust him as their backup heading into the 2019-20 campaign. The 31-year-old will likely have to head overseas to continue his playing career.
News: Neuvirth was not on the ice Monday and did not make the trip to Montreal, reports the Toronto Sun.
Impact: Neuvirth already missed time last week due to an undisclosed issue. All coach Mike Babcock would say post-practice Monday was, "Neuvy was not feeling up to it so he's not going today." The goaltender has a history of injuries, so this unknown problem looks to be muddying the picture for the Leafs' backup role. Michael Hutchinson may have the inside track but has been wobbly so far in the preseason (five goals on 34 shots).