The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to be without another one of their speedy forwards for the next while. Alexander Kerfoot has undergone surgery to repair facial dental fractures. The injury was originally sustained on November 5th, but Kerfoot had been playing through it. He is out indefinitely.
In that November 5th game against the Los Angeles Kings, Kerfoot took a hard hit from Jeff Carter as he tried to exit his own zone and was taken off for concussion testing. The Maple Leafs forward complained about a painful jaw in an interview between periods, but returned to the game and scored.
The Maple Leafs already played several weeks without John Tavares, Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott this season and currently have Mitch Marner on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain. With Kerfoot now out the team’s depth will be tested even further as they continue to struggle through the early part of the season.
Jason Spezza is expected to get back into the lineup as the team’s third-line center between Ilya Mikheyev and Trevor Moore, though they also have Nic Petan on the roster. With Marner missing at least a month, the team does have some flexibility cap wise.