Practice Shenanigans: Simmonds closer to return, Galchenyuk in the top six, Campbell participates in practice

Practice Shenanigans: Simmonds closer to return, Galchenyuk in the top six, Campbell participates in practice

In the wake of the Jimmy Vesey era coming to an abrupt end, today’s practice saw quite a lot happen and we may just see some changes to the lineup for this upcoming weekend.
First, it sounds like Wayne Simmonds is nearly set to make his return:

Both Wayne Simmonds and Alex Galchenyuk wearing regular sweaters as Leafs practice gets underway
(Defence starting on another pad)@TSN_Edge pic.twitter.com/GClhQRxSBd
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 17, 2021

Getting him back will be a huge boost to the Leafs lineup as they have surely missed his presence both on and off the ice. It also gives their power-play the net-front presence that was lacking in the six weeks he spent on the shelf. We don’t know for sure if Simmonds will be able to continue on his hot streak that had been put on pause by his injury, but he will no doubt bring new life to a team that desperately needs it right now.
The Alex Galchenyuk era begins
In the same aforementioned tweet, Galchenyuk participated in practice wearing a blue jersey, which indicates he will make his debut in the top six. He played well with the Marlies …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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