Wayne Simmonds is one of the newest members of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He suffered an injury in their matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on February 6th. The injury to Simmonds will definitely hurt the Maple Leafs as he is playing the best hockey he has played over the last few years.
Details on the Wayne Simmonds Injury
The injury happened in the February sixth game against the Canucks. Wayne Simmonds came crashing down on Vancouver’s Alex Edler. Edler decided to try and clear the zone by shooting the puck. Simmonds flinched out of the way but his left hand was still hanging down in right in the way of the puck. The puck knocked his hand back and he immediately went down the tunnel to the dressing room. He did not return to the game after leaving the ice.
For both Simmonds and the Maple Leafs, the timing of the injury is unfortunate. After joining Toronto on a one-year deal to prove that he is still capable to play in the NHL, Simmonds has surprised many with his scoring. In his twelve games during the 2021 season, Simmonds has buried five goals. In the 12 games, he has almost matched his entire goal production of the 2019-2020 season. In 68 games during the 2019-2020 season, Simmonds only scored eight goals so almost replicating his production in about one-sixth of the games played so he has been playing some fantastic hockey.
For the Maple Leafs Simmonds has actually played a bigger role than just his scoring ability. Simmonds has been a guardian on ice for some Maple Leaf players such as Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Auston Mathews. Simmonds has protected them and stood up for his teammates by fighting opponents who mess with them. Maple Leafs fans and players have enjoyed Simmonds’ presence and will miss him for the next six weeks as his left hand heals up. Hopefully, Simmonds can make a quick and full recovery and he will be back on the ice very soon.
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