It appears as though Jake Gardiner has suffered a concussion. Even though no one from the Toronto Maple Leafs organization has come directly out and said it. Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to the media on Wednesday after a practice that Gardiner did not participate in.
Eakins said Gardiner is having symptoms similar to those associated with a concussion, but stopped short of actually conceding he was concussed. Eakins went on to say that Gardiner is suffering some neck pain and is experiencing headaches. He also wouldn’t rule out the possibility that it’s more of a neck injury and that could be what is causing the headaches.
The Marlies, thankfully, are doing the smart thing with Gardiner and being very cautious. He was held out of last Sunday’s game against the Abbotsford Heat and won’t suit up again this Saturday when the team visits the Rochester Americans. So far this season Gardiner is fourth in team scoring with 17 points in 22 games.
Don Cherry even mentioned earlier this week that he thinks Gardiner is the best player right now in the American Hockey League. And he knows what he’s talking about right?
Hopefully whatever this injury is, it isn’t severe because Gardiner is certainly the future of the franchise. The Mayans can’t be right can they?