The Toronto Maple Leafs received some bad news regarding forward prospect Ty Voit. On Wednesday, December 20th, the 20-year-old Voit made his Marlies debut. Unfortunately, it was short-lived, as he had to leave just six minutes into the game after he went awkwardly into the boards.
The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Voit in the 5th round of the 2021 NHL draft with the 153rd overall pick.
After two great seasons with the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, the Leafs were looking forward to seeing what Voit could do at the pro level. He recorded two goals and six assists for eight points in five games with the Newfoundland Growlers in the ECHL before getting the call-up to join the Marlies.
On Tuesday, Joshua Kloke from the Athletic was the first to report that Voit will require season-ending shoulder surgery. Having the surgery now means that Voit's shoulder should be healed in time to train in the summer and be ready for training camp in September. Hopefully, everything works out for him, and he can start training camp 100% healthy.
Toronto Maple Leafs Receive Bad News About Prospect
This is the second shoulder injury suffered by Voit this season. He suffered the first injury during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in mid-September, which held him out of action until December.
The Leafs and Voit will be hoping for a successful surgery and starting fresh next season. Voit is a very promising prospect for the Leafs, so it's hard to watch him lose almost a full season of development due to injuries, but injuries are a part of the game.
During his final season with the Sarnia Sting in the OHL, Voit registered 24 goals and 81 assists for 105 points in 67 games.
That was good enough for him to finish second in OHL scoring. He is definitely a gifted setup man, as evidenced by his 81 assists, and the Leafs would love to see him play a similar style at the pro level. Maybe a fully healed shoulder and a whole summer of training will be just what Voit needs to have a good training camp and start his second pro season healthy with the Marlies next season.
The Toronto Marlies currently sit in fourth place in the North Division with 31 points. They are one point back of the Belleville Senators and five points behind the Syracuse Crunch. They could really use Voit's offense as they try to climb the standings, but they'll have to find another way.