Lupul To Make Leafs Debut, Gustavsson Out

Joffrey Lupul is expected to make his Toronto debut tonight at the Air Canada Centre against the New Jersey Devils.

Lupul was acquire yesterday in a trade in which we saw Francois Beauchemin sent to the Ducks in exchange for Lupul, prospect Jake Gardiner and a condition draft pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft.

Lupul passed his physical and is expected to be on a line with Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak. Lupul is a skilled forward with a bit of a muckers style of play. He’s physical against the boards, drives hard to the net and likes to go to the dirty area’s to produce.

Not a big guy by any means, but he’s tough and can hold his own against the bigger players. He’s strong on the boards and should fit nicely with the Leafs forward crew.

The Leafs are looking to win their fifth game in six tries as they’ve won four of thier last five games. The only loss was a 6-2 snubbing by the Buffalo Sabres.

With the Leafs sitting eight points back of the eighth placed Carolina Hurricanes, every point matters. With the season edging ever so close to it’s ending, the points available are becoming less and less. This is why the Leafs have to take advantage of every possible point they can get.

Meanwhile in the AHL, Jonas Gustavsson will be currently sidelined as pulled from yesterdays game against the Connecticut Whale with what was described as a heart rate problem. Ben Scrivens has been recalled from the Reading Royal of the ECHL to back up Jussi Rynnas with the Marlies.

It’s unknown when Gustavsson will be back, or how serious his condition is. With his history of heart problems, we all have to try and be optimistic.

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