At long last, the roster move that many thought would happen at the beginning of the season has finally happened, that being the Leafs calling up Travis Dermott.
After an impressive rookie season in the AHL, where Dermott both put up points (24 points in 59 games), and held is own in the defensive end, many had him poised to make the jump to the NHL this season. But, it took until the midway point of the season, as part of a couple moves today.
Martin Marincin was sent down to the AHL as well today, in order to make room for Dermott to join the team. He only cracked the lineup for two games against Colorado and Vegas, with the Leafs losing both of those games.
What this means for Dermott and the Leafs is up in the air. This could be a result of him playing well in the minors, what with 17 points in 26 games, and hopefully booting Polak out of his spot (but we all know it will be Carrick). Or perhaps this is just be some cap wizardry to keep Marincin away from waiver eligibility. Whatever the case may be, we’ll have to wait and see.
Regardless, Dermott is finally getting his shot in the NHL. Let’s hope it’s a good one.