The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that goaltender Petr Mrazek and defenceman Ilya Lyubushkin are both injured. Mrazek is out 6 weeks with a groin injury, and Lyubushkin is out indefinitely with a head injury. As a result, the Leafs have recalled goaltender Michael Hutchinson, plus defencemen Mac Hollowell, and Filip Kral.
Petr Mrazek is done for the regular season.
The Leafs expect him to miss a minimum of six weeks.
*Jake Muzzin is “real close” to returning, according to Sheldon Keefe
*Ilya Lybushkin: Dealing with symptoms of a head injury
*Jack Campbell: Cleared medically to return
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) March 31, 2022
Petr Mrazek and Other Key Players Injured
Mrazek has not had the best season, and this injury doesn’t make it any better. Before going down with a groin injury, Mrazek had a 12-6-0 record, 3.36 GAA, and a .888 save percentage. This is statistically one of his worst seasons, as the Leafs tandem of Mrazek and Jack Campbell have struggled to perform this season costing the Leafs a lot of potential wins.
For Lyubushkin, he has had one of his better seasons defensively. Although he has only 1 point in 17 games, he is a +2 which is the second-highest plus-minus for his career. His physicality has also been a big factor on the Leafs blue line, which is going to be sorely missed for the remainder of the regular season.
Leafs Call Up Three Players
Michael Hutchinson has had a bad couple of years with the Leafs, recording a 2.42 GAA in 2020-2021 and a 4.57 GAA in 2 games so far this season. Although he hasn’t been that good, he is all the Leafs have until Campbell gets back. So for now, the Leafs have to rely on Kallgren and Hutchinson in net.
Mac Hollowell was called up to fill the spot for Lyubushkin. He currently has 21 points in 35 games with a +4.
Fillip Kral was also called up to take the sport for Justin Holl, who was also injured against the Bruins. Although, Holl played against the Winnipeg Jets, and clocked 19:07 minutes of ice time. For now, Kral looks to be a reserve player in case Holl cannot play any further, or in case another player gets hurt.