Leafs turn to Travis Dermott and Justin Holl as their new shutdown pair

The Leafs have been forced to deal with injuries on their blue line for the entire season, and after just 2 games with their full compliment of defencemen, they will again be without one of their most important players in Jake Muzzin.

All of Muzzin, Travis Dermott, Morgan Rielly, and Cody Ceci missed significant time this year throwing the Leafs defensive pairings into constant disarray. Through the turmoil, Muzzin has emerged as perhaps the most irreplaceable Leafs defenceman. Not only does he play a style of game that’s unique among Leafs defenders, but he’s formed a very effective shutdown pair with Justin Holl for much of the season.
With Muzzin again on the shelf, it looks as though Travis Dermott will be tasked with a larger role for at least the duration of the play-in round.
Travis Dermott moves into Jake Muzzin’s place alongside Justin Holl. https://t.co/OS9K9Ygdbc— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) August 5, 2020
Thankfully, Dermott isn’t completely inexperienced with this kind of responsibility as he and Holl spent time together on the Leafs top pair when both Muzzin and Rielly were injured earlier this season. Though the pairing wasn& …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

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