As the Olympic break comes to a close, our attention shifts back to the Leafs. Thanks to the recent recovery of Peter Holland, the Leafs are currently down to 3 players on injured reserve. This includes Dave Bolland, Carter Ashton, and Trevor Smith.
Peter Holland, since being kept out of the lineup since February 1 due to lace bite, has been taken off injured reserve and assigned to the Toronto Marlies. This move more than likely was done to make room for Dave Bolland, who Randy Carlyle has reported will be ready to go for the first game back from the break against the Islanders on Thursday. Bolland has been out of the lineup since suffering a severed tendon on November 2, so having him back should provide the team with a huge boost.
Carter Ashton has been out since February 1 with a wrist injury. Not much is known about Ashton’s injury, and there still doesn’t seem to be a timeline as to when we can expect his return to the lineup.
Similar to Ashton’s, not much has been said about the injury to Trevor Smith. Since recovering from his hand injury that had kept him out of the lineup since mid-December, Smith suffered an unrelated injury in the weight room during a post-practise workout.
Smith continues to skate, which is a good sign that his recovery is going well. There hasn’t been much word regarding when Smith may return to the lineup, but hopefully he can continue to progress and get closer to a full recovery.