Bob Cole…. what can you even say about him? A true legend. Thanks for the beauty call last night!!
— Joe Bowen (@BonsieTweets) December 22, 2018
During last nights 5-3 win over the New York Rangers we saw one of this seasons surprises, Tyler Ennis, go down with a broken foot off of a Morgan Rielly shot. His tenacity will be missed on the 4th line but that also opens the door for a young player to step in to try to make a name for himself. That player will be 23 year old California native, Trevor Moore.
Moore had been called up earlier in the season but didn’t get into a game. At that time they were carrying 12 regular forwards but were on a road trip through California and needed some insurance in case somebody went down. He’ll make his NHL debut tonight, I assume, on the 4th line alongside Frederik Gauthier and Par Lindholm, unless Mike Babcock decides to scramble the lines a little bit.
There are a lot of people out there that speak very highly of Moore, he projects as a player that takes care of his own end first, but can make teams pay on the other side of the rink. When in a pinch he even played a little defense earlier this season. A lot time ago I wrote an article that compared his college hockey statistics to Tyler Bozak. If he could do as well as Bozak has in the NHL we’d have a great depth player at the very least. I mention this because we’ll see #42 on the ice for the first time since Tyler left for St. Louis. Let’s hope the statistical comparison continues to the NHL (and hopefully a better defensive effort).
Trevor Moore playing some defense. Can he play RD? I bet @mikeystephens81 thinks so.
— Mark R (@MarkUkLeaf) December 20, 2018
Either way, your NHL debut is a great Christmas gift.
In other news it appears Justin Holl will draw back into the lineup in place of Martin Marincin. The new press box casualty has played just 1 game so far this year and if he looked rusty we should forgive him. He played his only game against the Dallas Stars Nov. 1st, and now, almost 2 months later, he’ll get another chance. It’s impossible to expect a player to sit for months at a time and then play up to their capabilities, but that’s just what he’ll have to do. If only he could string 8 games together to try to get up to speed.
William Nylander has now played 8 games and is getting increasingly frustrated. Hopefully he breaks out tonight.
Sparks starts. His rookie season has been an up-and-down affair. Let’s hope tonight is an “up” game.
So, to sum up #Leafs vs. Red Wings:
– Trevor Moore is in, with Par Lindholm and Frederik Gauthier
– Justin Holl is in with Travis Dermott, Martin Marincin is out
– Garret Sparks will start
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) December 23, 2018
My prediction? 3-2 Leafs in OT. What’s yours?
GO LEAFS GO!!