Leafs defenceman Stuart Percy must be feeling a lot like a yo-yo right now. From being one of the Leafs best defencemen after a call-up, being sent down to the AHL, being called up again and once again being sent down today after being the 7th defencemen on Friday night. Percy hasn’t been in one place long enough to unpack his bags as of late.
However, after a rough stretch of games where he didn’t stand out, the Toronto Marlies is where Percy will stay for now. With the Leafs back-end every changing they move their focus to the forwards and with Joffrey Lupul, surprise surprise, injured again they needed someone to fill the void.
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To fill the void the Leafs have called up Sam Carrick who had a very nice pre-season with the Leafs. The word is Carrick will be given the chance to play in his first NHL game tonight when the Leafs face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks. Since being returned to the Marlies, Carrick has been one of the most consistent forwards despite recording just 1 point in 7 games.
For Carrick, what sets him apart is his compete on the ice. He never gives up on a play and isn’t afraid to back down from anyone on the ice to make a point. One of his most memorable preseason moments included a tilt with the Buffalo Sabres Chris Stewart.
Carrick is a hard-worker with a great attitude and his call-up is a reward for the work ethic he has every day. Even with Matt Frattin already on the Leafs roster, capable of stepping into the line-up, the Leafs decided to call up someone from the Marlies. It looks like Frattin is going to have a tough season in Toronto as he returns to his press box seat once again.
The Leafs drafted Sam Carrick, a Stouffville Ontario native, in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL draft. After some time captaining the Brampton Battalion, a brief stint in the ECHL and 88 career AHL games, Carrick is finally set to make his NHL debut. Carrick is a solid bottom 6 guy, who you love to have on your team. His hard work and attitude can instantly improve a teams moral on a nightly basis.