After avoiding a scare with Auston Matthews recently, the Toronto Maple Leafs have placed Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall in the COVID protocol today. Both players took part in the team’s most recent game, but will now miss tomorrow’s match against the Colorado Avalanche. Joey Anderson and Brett Seney have been recalled from the AHL to the taxi squad.
Marner and Engvall were two of the few players who didn’t end up in the protocol last month when the Maple Leafs ended up postponing several games. They will now face at least a five-day absence if they tested positive, meaning not only is the Colorado game in danger, but also matches against the Vegas Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes next week.
While Engvall is a regular, it’s Marner’s absence that will obviously be much more dramatic. The 24-year-old plays more than any other Toronto forward, averaging nearly 21 minutes a night through his 26 games this season. In those games, he has just six goals and 21 points, a significant departure from the player that has scored 228 points in 196 games over the last three seasons.