Matt Frattin will be sidelined for a week with a knee injury. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward has an issue with his MCL that will require a procedure to fix. Frattin injured his left knee last May during the Calder Cup playoffs and needed surgery to repair it. Since being called up to replace Joffrey Lupul when he went down with a fractured forearm, Frattin has been the Leafs’ most consistent player. He has posted 10 points in just 10 games and sits second in team goal scoring with seven.
Frattin has quickly developed a tremendous chemistry with Nazem Kadri, who is tied with Phil Kessel for the team lead in points. The ‘Toronto Marlies’ line of Kadri, Frattin, and Leo Komarov has been one of the more pleasant surprises for head coach Randy Carlyle and Maple Leaf fans so far this season. With Frattin now expected to miss a few games, Jay McClement skated on the third line at practice on Wednesday.
Frattin is just the latest of a string of Leafs that have caught the injury bug. Lupul will most likely be out for another month, Carl Gunnarsson is still dealing with groin issues, and perhaps most concerning, goaltender James Reimer will now miss at least a week with an MCL injury of his own. Jussi Rynnas has been called up from the Marlies to take his place.