October 10, 2014
TORONTO– Leaf prospect Matt Finn will start his first pro season of hockey watching instead of playing.
The 20-year-old was injured while practising with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies and is expected to be out of the lineup for “at least a few more weeks” with what the team listed as a lower-body injury.
“It’s unfortunate that (the injury) had to happen, silly thing in practice,” said Marlies coach Gord Dineen. “He didn’t get to stay with the Leafs as long as he would have liked (in training camp), so he has to work hard to rehab to make sure when he’s ready he’s focused to play here.”
Finn is coming off his most succesful season of major junior in which he captained the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm to a league championship and a spot in the Memorial Cup final. He finished second in scoring by a defenceman with 61 points in 66 games — and perhaps more importantly stayed healthy.
Drafted 35th overall by the Leafs in 2012, Finn missed time two seasons ago because of a knee injury. The Toronto native tore his MCL and part of his ACL and, while not needing surgery, he did six weeks of intensive training to rehab the issue.
“Injuries happen and you need to overcome them. Work through them,” said Finn after dealing with the knee injury.
The Marlies open their regular season Saturday at home against the Utica Comets. Current defenceman on the roster include: