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Top Leafs Prospect Gets Injured During Rookie Game


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Julien Trekker
September 15, 2023  (10:08)
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While the Maple Leafs may not have the deepest prospect pool in the league, they do possess a standout prospect who is considered among the elite.

Matthew Knies is considered as a legitimate candidate for a top-six role in Toronto, prompting the team to feature him a lot during the first rookie game at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament.
However, recent developments have raised concerns about this decision.

Knies Potentially Injured

During a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets' prospects, Knies sustained an injury to his wrist. After a brief assessment by the medical staff, he continued to play through the pain.
"Looks like Knies took a whack on his wrist. Briefly looked a by staff but he's toughing it out."

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A Major Mistake?

Traditionally, the Traverse City Tournament serves as an opportunity for prospects who are unlikely to secure a spot in the NHL to gain valuable playing experience.
Placing Knies in this situation could be deemed somewhat irresponsible, especially considering his potential significance to the Maple Leafs' success in the upcoming season.
An analyst expressed some concerns:
I get that we sent Knies to matchup against strong CBJ and DET groups but I'd be hesitant to risk a preventable injury considering he's a good bet for a Top-6 spot on a cup contender.
We can only hope that Knies' wrist injury proves to be minor, and he will be fully prepared for the opening night of the season.

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