The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost another one of their young forwards, as Trevor Moore has been placed on injured reserve. They’ll give Pierre Engvall a look, recalling him from the minors for the first time in his career. Moore suffered a shoulder injury early in Friday night’s game against the Boston Bruins.
Engvall meanwhile has been tearing up the minor leagues with 16 points in his first 15 games, more than anyone could have expected from a seventh-round pick. Selected 188th overall in 2014, the Maple Leafs patiently watched his development overseas before bringing him into the organization and almost immediately heaping responsibility on him. In 2018 Engvall joined the Toronto Marlies down the stretch and helped them win the Calder Cup, and last season moved to center full-time.
For Moore, it’s an unfortunate outcome when he had just been given a huge opportunity beside John Tavares and the other talented Maple Leafs’ forwards. Originally undrafted, the 24-year old has a seemingly limitless work ethic and continues to force his way up the team’s depth chart.
The Maple Leafs are one of the most disappointing teams in the league so far this season, with a 9-9-4 record despite some of the highest-paid players in the league still scoring at a strong rate. Their reimagined defense corps has struggled and there is already tons of speculation on the future of head coach Mike Babcock. Now without Moore, they’ll have to find a way to turn things around quickly.