Dermott skated 12:03 in Thursday's 5-2 win over Montreal. It was the lowest ice time of the six Toronto defenders. With Rasmus Sandin's emergence, Dermott has been pressed into a battle for playing time and has had to shift to the right side to get ice. He did play 2:10 shorthanded, the third highest for a Leaf blueliner, so it's clear where the team sees his value. But his ice time is dropping. Dermott has one assist in his last 11 games. And when Zach Bogosian ultimately returns from his shoulder injury, Dermott is likely to see some time in the press box.
Dermott registered an assist in Monday's 5-3 win over the Flames. Dermott recorded the secondary helper on Jason Spezza's second-period tally. The 24-year-old Dermott has three points in his last nine games. He's seeing only limited minutes on the third pairing, which has led to an unimpressive stat line of four points, 29 shots on net, 30 hits, 23 blocked shots and 17 PIM through 35 contests.
Dermott has gone 16 games without registering a point. The young defender plays 11-14 minutes a game on the bottom pairing but has only tallied a single goal in 26 games this season. Dermott has been fine, but not great, and could be displaced from the lineup if the Leafs pursue and acquire another defender.
Dermott (leg) scored a goal on two shots and skated 12:02 in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canadiens. Dermott missed two games with the injury, but he found his first goal and point of the year in his return. The relatively low ice time shouldn't be considered concerning -- Dermott entered Wednesday averaging 10:11 per game. The 24-year-old usually works on the third pairing, so fantasy managers can leave him on the waiver wire with such a limited role.
Dermott (leg) will be an option for Wednesday's matchup with Montreal, Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com reports. Dermott skated on Toronto's third pairing during Tuesday's practice, so he appears poised to rejoin the lineup for Wednesday's contest following a two-game absence. He's gone scoreless in nine games this campaign.
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