Dermott (rest) was back at practice Monday ahead of Thursday's Game 1 clash with Boston, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports. Dermott -- who was held out of the regular-season finale -- was back at it Monday alongside Jake Gardiner (rest) on the Leafs' third pairing. The 21-year-old set career highs in goals (four), assists (13) and shots (98) this season, despite averaging just 17:18 of ice time. The Ontario native should provide solid mid-range fantasy value in the postseason as a depth blue-line scoring option.
Dermott will be a healthy scratch Saturday against the Canadiens, according to Scott Wheeler of The Athletic. Dermott is simply being rested for the playoffs, but the decision to sit him was probably made easier by the fact that he recently overcame a shoulder injury. The second-year defenseman finishes with four goals and 13 assists over 64 games.
Dermott (shoulder) will slot back into the lineup Saturday against Ottawa, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports. Dermott and the Leafs were aiming for a Saturday return, and now it has been confirmed. The Ontario native last played Feb. 27 and may have some rust to shake off. On the season, Dermott has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) and he's averaging 17:18 of ice time through 60 contests.
Coach Mike Babcock relayed Thursday that Dermott (shoulder) should return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Senators, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Dermott last played in a game Feb. 27, so he may have some rust to knock off initially. Regardless, his absence from the power play limits the second-year blueliner's upside from a fantasy perspective. He was paired with Martin Marincin during practice Thursday, aligning him to draw in there for his return.
Dermott (shoulder) practiced in a full contact sweater Monday and coach Mike Babcock confirmed that he's been cleared for contact, Kristen Shilton of TSN Sports reports. Dermott has cleared a major hurdle in his recovery from a shoulder injury that's kept him sidelined since Feb. 27, though he'll likely require a few practice sessions to get back up to game speed. Babcock had no update on fellow injured Leafs blueliner Jake Gardiner (back), so Dermott could slot into Gardiner's usual spot if he rejoins the lineup first.
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