The scrappy defenseman Travis Dermott will be making his way back to the Maple Leafs’ lineup tonight. After having surgery on May 10th on his shoulder, he was expected to miss 6 months of play. Evidently, Dermott has missed the first 13 games of the season.
But with the news of coming back, Dermott cannot be more happy to return to the game:
“It’s probably the longest I have been away from the game I’ve loved most of my life. Being back, being in the situation I am in now, where I am cleared medically, it’s what I have been thinking about and dreaming about for the last six months,” (x)
It’s a feel-good story to have the 22-year-old returning to what he loves and on top of that, this return cannot have come at a better time.
In his two seasons with Toronto, Dermott has put up 30 points in 101 games and averaged 16:50 on the ice per game. He has a career total of 93 blocked shots, 148 hits, and 35 takeaways. In the playoffs, Dermott has another 4 points in 14 games with a 14:30 average. He has blocked 8 shots and laid out 23 hits with 2 takeaways.
The Leafs are not doing too hot right now. The team is 6-5-2 and can’t decide if they’re going to be an offensive force or allow 5 goals. Now with Captain John Tavares out and Zach Hyman still ways away, they’re gonna need all the help they can get.
Dermott is set to return in Tuesday’s game against the Washinton Capitals.
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