The @MapleLeafs announced today that defenceman Travis Dermott will undergo shoulder surgery on Friday, May 10. He is expected to miss a minimum of six months.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) May 9, 2019
So that ain’t great. I will also point out the word MINIMUM in there. So November 10th would be the early return.
You may have noticed we put together a little year in review on Dermott this morning
Travis Dermott has paid his third pairing dues and is ready for more
A big chunk of that was talking about Dermott is ready to take the next step in his career and move up into the Leafs top four defense group. It also mentioned that Dermott was in a need of a new defense partner as his most frequent partners of Ozhiganov and Gardiner were departing. Well, given that Dermott isn’t going to get a training camp with the Leafs this fall, it seems that the safe bet is to pencil him in for the third pairing when he does return, and that leaves Rielly, Muzzin, and probably Nikita Zaitsev by default as the top three defensemen on the Leafs at the moment.
I guess the silver lining to all …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation