Robertson returns, Timmins could debut for Maple Leafs vs. Sharks

Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe explains why they're going to take it slow with newest blueliner Conor Timmins, to ease him into the roster, and confirms that Nick Robertson will get another opportunity to shine on Wednesday vs. the Sharks.

Nick Robertson will draw into the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup on Wednesday, while Conor Timmins‘ status is still being determined, Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said Tuesday.

Taking practice rushes alongside David Kampf and Zach Aston-Reese, Robertson will draw into just his third game since Nov. 11.

The 21-year-old has struggled to make a strong impression since scoring a pair of goals against Dallas in his season debut. In 10 games since then, Robertson has failed to register a goal and collected just three assists. He’s averaged just 11:13 of ice time this season.

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Timmins, acquired last Wednesday in a deal with the Arizona Coyotes, would draw into his first game action with the Maple Leafs, and his first NHL game since Oct. 15 if he plays on Wednesday.

The right-handed defenceman skated alongside Victor Mete on the team’s third pair at practice, while rookie defenceman Mac Hollowell, who picked up his first NHL point on Monday against the Red Wings, was the extra skater on defence.

Keefe also updated the status of goaltender Ilya Samsonov, who practiced with the team in full Tuesday. The Maple Leafs head coach called the practice “a big step” for Samsonov, sharing that the netminder was now considered day-to-day.

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