The last cut made in the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp was a shocking one for me. I understood that Morgan Rielly was probably too young for the big show, that wasn’t the shocker. What really shocked me was the cutting of Matt Frattin. Having seen both him and Nazem Kadri play for the Toronto Marlies during the lockout, keeping Kadri over Frattin is not the decision I would have made (before you get all hot and bothered about me dissing Kadri keep reading). Once the season started though it was clear Kadri belonged with the big boys in the NHL, scoring 3 goals in 4 games, but Matt clearly deserved a spot, too.
In the fourth game of the season, tragedy struck, in the form of a puck hitting (and breaking) the arm of forward Joffrey Lupul, this would be a devastating blow for the Leafs, but a bittersweet moment for Matt Frattin as he got the call up to replace the injured forward. Unfortunately for Matt, the team seems to fall apart in the games immediately following Lupul’s injury, (makes you wonder who’s really captaining the team but that’s another story) blowing 2 goal leads in their first 2 games without him (this still makes me angry). Frattin seems to rise above this mess though, accumulating 5 points in the 3 games he’s played so far this season.
His best game of those 3 was Tuesday’s game in Buffalo. He scored the tying goal and a buzzer beating OT winner (and when he did so he celebrated without making it a news story, take notes Yakupov). Now the Leafs are back in action tonight against the Washington Capitals, the question is will Frattin bring what he brought to Buffalo? With his performance so far we are all kind of left wondering why he was cut in training camp. Hopefully we will be left wondering for the rest of the season.
Myself, I have faith in Matt, always have, he’s a talented kid. The reason he got cut was probably only because there wasn’t any room for him on the roster. I’m just hoping the pressure of playing in Toronto doesn’t get to him. The fans can be really tough on players and the better you play the more they expect. Luckily for Frattin, there are a lot of trade rumors and such floating around to pull their focus, so he shouldn’t have to deal with it for a while.
There are the facts. So will Matt Frattin’s success be short lived? I don’t think so, but I will let you make up your own mind.