In spite of the fact that he has been out of the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup due to injury, Maple Leafs star forward Mitch Marner has remained at the center of the media's attention of the past several days. To be clear there had not been any significant updates regarding Marner's injury, however some of the rather terrible stories that have emerged about former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock have put Mitch Marner right in the middle of that controversy.
Thankfully however on Monday morning we did get an actual update on the injured Maple Leafs' star forward and I am happy to report that, unlike the recent news surrounding Babcock, this is a very positive story for the Maple Leafs, Marner, and their fans. According to a report from Sportsnet's National Hockey League insider Chris Johnston, the young Maple Leafs star was back out on the ice this morning prior to his teammates taking to the ice for their Monday morning practice session. Marner of course did not participate in the actual practice itself, but the fact that he is already back out on the ice and skating this early in his recovery is certainly a promising sign. Keep in mind here that Marner suffered a high ankle sprain so it would be his skating that would be most impacted by this injury, so the fact that he is already testing himself weeks ahead of his scheduled return is very good indeed.
The original timeline would have Marner missing another two weeks of action although it is unclear if Marner's return to the ice puts him ahead of schedule or not. Marner was of course injured during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers when he stepped on an opposing players stick and then fell awkwardly on his own leg, twisting his ankle in the process. The incident left Marner crawling back to the Maple Leafs bench and, although he did his best to valiantly fight through the injury, the training staff would eventually force him to go back to the locker room where they discovered the rather significant injury.
We will be staying on top of this story so stay tuned for more updates.