Maple Leafs recall defenseman Kristiāns Rubīns from the Marlies

The Maple Leafs announced on Thursday morning that 23-year-old defenseman Kristiāns Rubīns has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. Through six games with the Marlies so far this season, he has registered a goal and two assists to match his totals in 22 games last season. Rubīns was recently selected as one of the first three players to the Latvian squad for the upcoming Olympics.

The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman Kristiāns Rubīns from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) November 4, 2021

Rubīns joins a Maple Leafs defensive unit that is in a state of flux. Justin Holl has been a healthy scratch for the last two games after forming a reliable shutdown pairing alongside Jake Muzzin in the last couple of seasons, TJ Brodie has taken his place alongside Muzzin, and Timothy Liljegren is beginning to show that he can be relied upon as a regular member of the top-six.
With all the movement on Toronto’s back end, Travis Dermott has been given a chance to play a larger role on a pairing with the recently extended Morgan Rielly but he was banged up in Tuesday’s victory over the …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

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