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The Toronto Maple Leafs made a roster move in advance of the final game of their mini two-game road trip, placing forward Calle Jarnkrok on injured reserve and calling up center Semyon Der-Argushintsev from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
The 22-year-old is playing well in his third professional season, averaging nearly a point-per-game (6 goals, 12 assists) in 20 games, and perhaps that is the reason for the callup, since Der-Argushintsev is on a two-way deal and will earn an NHL paycheck while he is on the roster.
The Leafs practiced in Dallas on Monday in advance of their second and final meeting with the Stars on Tuesday. Conor Timmins slotted in as the point man on the second power play, which is an indicator that the former Coyote will make his Toronto debut against Dallas.
Throughout the season, we will check in on the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects to see how they are progressing. In spite of trading out of the first round to rid themselves of the albatross contract of Petr Mrazek, GM Kyle Dubas appears to have found some young players who could have some future potential of making the NHL. Here is how the five players who were selected in the 2021 Draft are doing:
Matthew Knies – LW – University of Minnesota(NCAA)
The Leafs 2021 second round pick is building on the success in his freshman season with the Golden Gophers, and Team USA at the 2022 WJC and Olympics. Knies scored 15 goals in 33 NCAA games last year, and has 11 goals in 18 games this season.
The Leafs may have found a bargain in the fifth round with Pittsburgh, PA native, as Voit is leading the OHL in scoring by double digits with 48 points in 27 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, but puzzlingly the 19-year-old was not invited to Team USA’s preliminary camp for the World Juniors on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old was drafted in the sixth round in 2021 from the same Russian club that 2020 fourth round pick Artur Akhtyamov was selected. Both are playing well in the second division VHL, with Peksa posting a 2.22 GAA and .925 save percentage in 26 games.