Doomsday Prep Work for the Leafs Blueline Injuries

It doesn’t seem like a stretch to call Jake Muzzin the Leafs best defenseman so far this year. If you are not willing to grant me that, would you at least agree that the bulk of the defensive heavy lifting falls on his shoulders?
Of the Leafs every game defensemen he has the lowest number of shot attempts against per 60, and in fact, only Rasmus Sandin and Kevin Gravel had less while playing against noticeably different competition in a limited capacity. Other than Cody Ceci, no other defenseman has seen as much penalty kill time, and is the team leader in shorthanded blocked shots. He also has allowed 5 fewer shot attempts per 60 on the penalty kill compared to Ceci, and is the team leader in that area among defensemen with more than 7 minutes of penalty kill icetime.
So when you see tweets like this…

Babcock said he has no update on Muzzin. #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) October 30, 2019
It’s hard not to hit the panic button. Of course there are other tweets that fight my chicken little tendencies…

Morgan Rielly (undisclosed) and Jake Muzzin (charley horse) both absent from #Leafs practice. Several forwards are dressed in defenceman-black today, which …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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