The Toronto Maple Leafs announced last night that Auston Matthews underwent wrist surgery yesterday, which was wholly successful.
This comes after a season of a lingering wrist issue, which caused him to miss two games last season, and was still affecting him when he returned to the lineup.
The surgery will cause Matthews to miss at least six weeks, which brings the timeline right up to training camp, perhaps even missing it. The Leafs have yet to announce the dates for this year’s training camp, but it typically occurs in the mid to late weeks of September, before the season starts in early October. This year’s season will start a little later than normal, on October 13th. Surely, Matthews is expected to be ready in time for that.
The decision to perform the surgery now is certainly a curious one, when the issue was already there and well known last season. However, in the Leafs’ announcement, they stated that Matthews was experiencing increased discomfort during his off-season on-ice training, and thus decided to take action now, in consultation with specialists and the Maple Leafs’ medical staff.
In the middle of last season, when coach Sheldon Keefe noted that …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation