If you haven’t seen it, here is a link to a video of the hit:
Here’s the link to the NHL’s suspension video:
As you can see, the hit was clearly dirty. I was a little disappointed by it as I had been proud that the Leafs had been a team that wasn’t using dirty hits and hurting players. However, Ashton is only 22 years old and has only 25 games of NHL experience so he is still learning.
However, that is still not an excuse for a hit such as this. If he were to make this type of hit again, he would be suspended for more than two games as he will now be categorized as having a history. It might only be the first time, but it will be worse for him.
Hopefully, Ashton will learn from this experience and not throw this type of preventable hit again. If he doesn’t he will become known as a dirty player and he has too much potential to be that type of player.