Ramblings: Muzzin and Mete injured; Hellebuyck’s Hart case; Foegele dive – February 27

Michael Clifford

2020-02-27

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Jake Muzzin will miss close to month with a broken hand. With Morgan Rielly already out of the lineup, there are a lot of significant minutes up for grabs.

Calle Rosen was called up to fill the roster hole.

In the game Muzzin was injured, Justin Holl played over 25 minutes while Tyson Barrie was over 24 minutes with Travis Dermott over 22. It seems those are the three guys to key in on, and I think Dermott could start playing very well in multi-cat leagues. He's a guy who has put up decent hit rates in his career playing 16-17 minutes a night. If he starts playing 21-22 minutes, we could see him very close to two hits per game if his rates remain constant. Something to keep in mind if you're looking for depth help as we head into H2H playoffs (if they haven't started already).

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Another Eastern Conference defenceman will be out for a while – likely the rest of the season – as Victor Mete has a broken foot. He has looked good to the eye test as far as things like puck-moving and vision go, but I think he still has some work to do elsewhere in his game. Habs fans should be excited for him in the future, just not right now, it seems.

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Staying with Eastern defencemen, Filip Hronek was skating in practice with his teammates yesterday. He is getting closer to returning but he was still in a non-contact jersey, so maybe next week.

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Going to the West, Jay Bouwmeester announced he won’t be returning this year, postseason or not. He had that cardiac incident a few weeks back and h