Josh Leivo had a big night against the Islanders on Tuesday. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Josh Leivo has been an interesting player to follow this year. He looked like he would be able to crack the lineup at the beginning of the season, but was sidelined because of an injury. After recovering from his injury, which seemed to suspiciously last longer than expected, he finally got to play. Leivo’s first game back was on Dec. 19 and his second game was on Jan. 7.
This large gap in games shadowed the experience that Frank Corrado had with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being sent down to the AHL. They were both the extra player and they wouldn’t get to play unless someone got injured. Corrado never got the chance to play consecutive games, but now Leivo has received his chance and he’s making the most of it.
How Has Josh Leivo Played?
There wasn’t much that was expected of Leivo when he finally got in the lineup against the St. Louis Blues. Nikita Soshnikov was injured with an upper body injury, and so it meant Leivo would be filling in on the fourth line.
Expectations weren’t that high. The Leafs’ fourth line, understandably, doesn’t get much ice-time and doesn’t add much offensively. This wouldn’t give Leivo much of an opportunity to prove his worth to coach Mike Babcock. But with Soshnikov, injured there’s wasn’t any other option.
In his four games, Leivo has been a pleasant surprise for the Leafs. He’s been great on the forecheck and has brought a degree of skill that the fourth line was missing. He was finally rewarded for his hard work with a three-point night in a 7-1 win against the New York Islanders.
He got his first goal of the season and added two assists; one of which was on the power play. Leivo’s hard work resulted …
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