Canada

Leafs’ Auston Matthews expected to miss first 3 games recovering from wrist surgery

Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews is expected to miss the first three games of the regular season as he continues to recover from wrist surgery.

The 24-year-old centre, who had surgery on Aug. 13th, said his wrist isn’t yet where he’d like it to be to play.

“We’re taking it day by day and lots can change, but as of right now this week is probably out of the question. But you never know what could happen,” Matthews said after practice Monday.

Matthews had 41 goals in 52 games last season to lead the NHL, but missed four games with a wrist injury.

WATCH | Burning questions for Canadian NHL teams:

One burning question for each Canadian NHL team

5 days ago

The 7 Canadian teams are no longer all in the same division, which leaves a lot of questions. Rob Pizzo breaks some of them down. 6:03

Toronto hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to open the regular season, then has two games against the Senators — on Thursday in Ottawa, and at home on Saturday.

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said he wasn’t expecting Matthews to be available for the first three games. Toronto’s fourth game is against the visiting New York Rangers on Oct. 18.

“Auston is not at the point right now where he is feeling comfortable playing,” Keefe said.

Ilya Mikheyev is expected to be out eight weeks after suffering a thumb injury on Saturday that will require surgery.

Matthews said his recovery progress has “been great,” and that he’s “dying” to get in and play.

“Physically I feel great out there,” he said. “I feel like in the last month or so I’ve been able to get in some really good work with the skills coaches, working on different parts of my game. I just don’t personally feel like I’m at the point where I’m 100 per cent comfortable to play, that’s really all it is. I feel good physically and everything, I think I need a little bit more time.”

Keefe said he looks forward to Matthews being healthy after not playing at 100 per cent last season due to the wrist injury.

WATCH | 9 things you need to know for the 2021-2022 NHL season:

9 Things you need to know about the 2021-22 NHL season

3 days ago

A new season is upon us, and Rob Pizzo gets you caught up on a very busy offseason. 2:04

Articles You May Like

Sharks News & Rumors: Kane, Hertl, Gambrell & More
O’Connor, Pettersson help Penguins rout Maple Leafs
Matthews’ 200th goal not enough as meandering Maple Leafs fall to Hurricanes
Sorokin, Islanders beat Vegas 2-0 for 2nd straight shutout
Jets score equalizer, winner 19 seconds apart to complete stunning comeback against Ducks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *