Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Niland admitted that he had difficulty sleeping with the sword of Damocles on COVID-19 in the past few days.
Anyone who hasn’t played since April 5th will definitely find time, especially since he scored two assists in both duels before the impromptu absence.
“We came back from the trip [à Calgary] I met someone who was diagnosed positive the next day. He told the Toronto Sun every day that I must self-isolate for 9 days, and this is a 9-day test. I am concerned about the possibility of contracting COVID-19 and passing it on to other people. I have been nervous recently, but luckily no one has encountered it. This is the first thing that worries me. “
Lead lecturer Sheldon Keefe told TSN: “This time, due to his departure, some aspects of our game have been affected.” By deleting people like Will and all his skills, I think we His offense has dropped to neutral, and we don’t have much control over ice hockey. This is what he did very well, and I am very happy to see him again. He uses the control wheel to skate in the neutral zone and attack the opposite blue line. “
For the Leafs, Niland’s return was timely, as Keef’s team suffered a three-game losing streak before the conflict in British Columbia. The forward should help to play a strong force. Before Sunday, Toronto used only one of its past 42 strengths.
Fortunately, for the Leafs, Niland and Austin Matthews missed Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. The former scored 30 points with 13 goals and 17 assists in 39 appearances this season while maintaining a +11 rating. As for the second point, his touch around the opposing basket is visible everywhere. He dominated the league with 32 goals in 40 games.
In addition, the two played against John Tavares, Mitch Manner and defender Morgan Rilley in the first large-scale offensive unit trained on Sunday morning.
“In that terrible winning streak, we tried all the attempts to bring these guys together without success. However, we looked at some things and we thought that if we don’t lose Will and Austin, this The famine will not last that long. I think the timing is right. We took a break. This is a good opportunity to start again.”