Maple Leafs' Nick Robertson Fully Recovered From Season-Ending Surgery

Still just 21, Nick Robertson of the Toronto Maple Leafs seems to have had a career's worth of bad injury luck already. But according to the former top prospect, he's fully recovered from his latest setback, and will be reporting to training camp next month fully healthy and ready to go. 

Robertson suffered a shoulder injury in December that on initial diagnosis was only supposed to keep him out 6-to-8 weeks. But season-ending surgery followed shortly thereafter. 

"It's been frustrating," Robertson told Mark Masters of TSN. "This has been the longest duration of injury for me. Obviously, it's not the start to my career (that I wanted). But it is what it is. The show goes on, and I have to do my part to get ready for the season."

"When I got the surgery in January, I knew from that point on that it's time to prepare myself for the next season.. To look over film, to look over areas to improve on, areas that I may have not known, to hammer that in the summer and I have, and I'm ready to go."

Robertson made his Leafs' debut in the 2020 playoffs, then suffered a knee injury in his 2020-21 rookie season debut. In 2021-22, he had a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula wipe out much of his season, and in addition to last year's shoulder injury, he was hit with a groin injury and a concussion as well. 

He's played just 31 NHL games in three years, and a total of just 86 games with AHL and NHL combined in that time. 

"Every year I've had a setback," said Robertson, who was the No. 53 overall pick in the 2019 Draft. "The secret to success for me is just being healthy. You can't really predict the future, but I'm just doing everything I can to be healthy and get a full season under me and produce and play the way I want to."

Robertson was the Leafs' No. 1 prospect as recently as January, 2022, and he hopes he's finally ready to live up to his expectations this year. 

And with a little luck—he's certainly due some of the good kind—he just might.

"I'm very excited for the season, and I feel ready to go."

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