Mikheyev suffered a broken thumb that will require surgery and is expected to miss at least eight weeks, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. With Mikheyev sidelined for the next couple months, he should be expected to start the season on long-term injured reserve in order to offer the Leafs some salary-cap relief. Even with his extended absence, Mikheyev should still be capable of tallying upwards of 25-30 points this year. In his stead, Michael Bunting or Pierre Engvall figures to be elevated to a top-six role.
Mikheyev (hand) is expected to be out long term, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. The Maple Leafs will know more on his status Monday, but it sounds like he's going to miss at least some of the regular season. Mikheyev had a chance for a top-six role this year, but it appears Alex Kerfoot and Michael Bunting will now get a chance to fill that role in his absence. No timetable has been announced for Mikheyev's return.
Mikheyev (hand) will not return to Saturday's game versus the Senators. Mikheyev was slow to return to the bench after a shift late in the first period, and he was ruled out shortly after the start of the second. It's brutal timing for the 26-year-old to get hurt in the preseason finale, although there's a chance the Maple Leafs are exercising caution. Nevertheless, the Russian winger's status is now in doubt ahead of the season opener versus the Canadiens on Wednesday.
Mikheyev scored a goal on three shots and added an assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Jets. Mikheyev set up Pierre Engvall's opening tally in the first period, then scored one of his own in the second. The 26-year-old Mikheyev finished 2020-21 with seven goals and 18 points in 54 contests, a slight disappointment after he racked up 23 points in only 39 outings last year. The Russian winger will likely continue to see middle-six minutes in the postseason.
Mikheyev has a single assist in his last nine games and no goals in 10. Mikheyev still plays an important bottom-six role for the Leafs, but his fantasy value is nil right now. He has real talent, but it's suppressed when he plays down the lineup. Mikheyev's fantasy worth would rise if he could skate on the second line, but the team's depth prevents that.
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