The Toronto Maple Leafs called up centre Frederik Gauthier earlier today, hoping the second team update wouldn't get fans too worried. However, the worst has been confirmed as star forward Auston Matthews is missing from practice.
The young forward was a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights, with coach Mike Babcock saying his injury was an ongoing issue and not something he necessarily suffered in St. Louis.
Now things appear more serious as Gauthier getting the call up and Matthews is not skating with his peers.
If Matthews is absent from the game against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night, it will be the first game he misses in his career so far.