Maple Leafs recall Martin Marincin, place Nikita Zaitsev on IR

Elliotte Friedman joins Starting Lineup to discuss a decline in scoring for the Toronto Maple Leafs, pointing the changes in system play since the beginning of the season.

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled defenceman Martin Marincin from the American Hockey League’s Marlies on Sunday and placed defenceman Nikita Zaitsev on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury.

Marincin, 25, has seven points (two goals, five assists) in 18 games with the Marlies this season.

Marincin scored one goal and added six assists seven points in 25 regular-season games with Toronto during the 2016-17 season and also appeared in six playoff games. He has 25 points (three goals, 22 assists) in 175 career regular-season NHL games.

He was originally acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers in June 2015.