Another cruel twist of fate for Nick Robertson has opened the window of opportunity for other forwards in the organization. With Robertson on the shelf for the next couple of months as he recovers from a shoulder injury, and with Calle Järnkrok still out of action with a groin injury, it is Joey Anderson who is getting the first chance to carve out a place for himself in the Leafs’ lineup.
Anderson has toiled with the Marlies for the last couple of years after being acquired from New Jersey in the trade that saw the Leafs dump Andreas Johnsson’s salary but has struggled to make an impact in limited NHL appearances. Last season, he led the Marlies with 26 goals in 56 games and finished fourth in team scoring with 42 points. So far this season, he has once again been a top triggerman for the Marlies, currently sitting in second place on the team with 11 goals in 21 games.
A quality finisher at the AHL level, Anderson will likely have to find other ways to impress the coaching staff at the NHL level, but he got off to a good start in that regard in his first appearance with the Leafs this season agai …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation