Matt Frattin is out. Greg McKegg is in.
Frattin, who leads the Toronto Marlies in playoff goals with 10 in 13 games, suffered a knee injury in the AHL semi-finals and will not play in the final.
“Matt Frattin is done for the playoffs,” coach Dallas Eakins said. “He has sustained a knee injury that will require surgery. I have no idea for the timeline as far as rehab goes, but I do know he will not play again this season.”
McKegg, 19, just finished playing in the Memorial Cup where he helped the London Knights make it to the championship game, only to lose 2-1 to host Shawinigan. He is thankful that his season is continuing, even if the pain of losing in the final has not gone away.
“Obviously Sunday was a tough one; it was a heart-breaking loss for us,” McKegg said, “But it’s nice to get a second crack here and hopefully I can help this team.”
McKegg, the Toronto Maple Leafs second pick (62nd overall) in 2010, played three-plus season with Erie in the OHL before being traded to London this year. He had 19 goals and 41 points in 30 regular season games with London and added another four goals and 11 points in 15 playoff games.
“I spoke with him briefly and asked if he had any hockey left in him,” Eakins said. “He assured me he had lots of hockey left in him and he’s ready to play any forward position. He’s excited to be here. He missed out on one championship and now he gets a second crack at another one.”
Eakins hope McKegg is motivated to help the Marlies win a championship.
“He was visibly disappointed when I brought up the Memorial Cup and rightly so,” Eakins said. “If he was nonchalant about it I’d be worried. I could see he was excited to be here and to be on a line right away. He is excited to get a shot at a second championship. There wasn’t any hugging him because he was upset. He’s a mature young man and he’s ready to go.”
McKegg insisted he is up for the challenge.
“The more hockey you play, the better your year is,” McKegg said. “I was lucky to get traded from Erie to London and go all the way with the Knights. It’s nice to get this chance again. I’ll just try to play a complete game. Obviously they have done a great job to get here so whatever I can do, whether it’s scoring or just chipping in and doing the little things, I hope I can be helpful to them.”