The Leafs are off to a fantastic start this season with six wins and only one loss. Their play has been even more impressive when you consider they’ve had to deal with a few injuries to key players and a suspension to David Clarkson. Let’s take a look at some of the players who have missed time with various ailments and try to figure out when we can expect them to come back to the lineup.
JvR sat out last night’s game against the Minnesota Wild with an upper-body injury. He skated with the extras for only about 35 minutes at practice this morning, while Mason Raymond was skating in JvR’s usual spot alongside Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. In this Jonas Siegel piece, Carlyle said the van Riemsdyk injury caught him by surprise and did not occur during a game. Let’s hope he can get healthy for Thursday night’s game against Carolina, because the Leafs’ forward ranks are looking pretty thin right now.
Kulemin was put on long-term injury reserve about a week ago after he suffered a bone chip in his ankle after blocking a shot in practice on October 4. He was originally only supposed to be out two weeks, but apparently the ankle hasn’t healed as expected. According to David Alter of Sportsnet, he’s eligible to return on October 29 when the Leafs visit the Edmonton Oilers. That means the Leafs will have to play at least five more games without him.
Nikolai Kulemin will now be unavailable to return to the #Leafs lineup until Oct 29th against the Oilers at the very earliest.
— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) October 9, 2013
I haven’t seen or heard anything about Fraser since he was standing on crutches in the Leafs’ bench during the pre-game player introductions at the home opener. The initial prognosis was Fraser could be back in three or four weeks, so that would mean he could be back by the October 25 game in Columbus. We’ll be on the lookout for more updates on his status.
Leafs forward Frazer McLaren says he will have another X-ray on his broken finger tonight and expects to be available in about two weeks.
— Dave Hilson (@dave_hilson) October 15, 2013
McLaren has been out since training camp when Carter Ashton gave him that slash to the finger. He should be ready to return by the end of the month.