Maple Leafs Player Expresses Frustration With Brad Treliving's Moves

Graham Montgomery
March 11, 2024  (3:56 PM)

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brad Treliving addressing the media
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Nick Robertson's career with the Toronto Maple Leafs is a complicated one. He was once the team's top prospect but now he keeps getting yoyoed between the NHL and AHL. Today's move was just the latest in a long list of decisions involving the young forward.

Toronto Maple Leafs Recall Robertson After Giordano Injury

The team called up Robertson once again today. The move came as the team placed defenseman Mark Giordano on LTIR, giving the team the cap space required to call up the young forward.

The Leafs have moved Mark Giordano to LTIR, giving them space to recall Nick Robertson.

Robertson has played in 41 games with the Leafs this season, recording 8 goals and 19 points in the process while averaging just over 11 minutes of ice time per game.
However that production has not been enough to earn him a consistent spot in the lineup as he has regularly had stints both as a healthy scratch and in the AHL. Today he let his frustrations known.

Robertson Expresses Anger At Brad Treliving and Toronto Maple Leafs

The 22-year-old spoke with Leafs reporter David Alter after being recalled this morning. The rookie talked about his role on the team and how frustrating it is not to get more of an opportunity with the Leafs. However, Robertson did still recognize that his contract situation and waivers status has played a significant role in his career so far. Still though, those factors do not make his status with the Leafs less frustrating.
"I understand it but I'm not going to sit here and say that I'm happy. I want to play, but I understand my contract situation. Obviously, if it wasn't the way it was maybe it would be a different situation but it is what it is."

One area where Robertson needs to improve is on the defensive side of things. Clearly, Sheldon Keefe does not trust him to play bigger minutes because of his defensive deficiencies. Still though, his scoring touch should be very valuable to the team considering the Leafs have struggled to get consistent depth scoring and he is on a cheap contract. Whether or not he becomes a regular Leaf in the future remains in doubt as the team could look to trade him.
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