Injury Update On Toronto Maple Leafs Matthew Knies

Toronto Maple Leafs' rookie Matthew Knies returned to the ice during Friday's practice session.

This marked his first time back since suffering a concussion in the intense second-round series against the Florida Panthers. Knies had been sidelined since Game 2 due to the effects of multiple hard hits delivered by Matthew Tkachuk and Sam Bennett.

While Knies has been ruled out for Game 5, there is a glimmer of hope that he may rejoin the lineup if the Leafs manage to stave off elimination and force a Game 6.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger provided an optimistic update, stating that Knies is "feeling considerably better." Nevertheless, the team remains cautious and is committed to not rushing his return to the game, prioritizing his long-term health and well-being.

Knies' absence has been sorely felt by the team, as he had been making valuable contributions to their playoff efforts.

Since signing his entry-level contract on April 9, he had already made an impact, scoring a goal and tallying four points in seven postseason games, while also looking very comfortable on the ice.

The Leafs have been eagerly awaiting his return, as they recognize the skill and positive influence he brings to the team. Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports