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Maple Leafs acquire Conor Timmins from Coyotes: What to expect from the young blueliner

Maple Leafs acquire Conor Timmins from Coyotes: What to expect from the young blueliner

The Maple leaves acquired defender Conor Timmins from the Coyotes of Arizona, the teams announced Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know.

  • The 24-year-old from Timmins was the 32nd pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Devessall. He has seven points in 41 career games NHL games and is a blue lineman on the right. He has 34 points in 52 AHL games.
  • In order to acquire Timmins, Toronto dealt 6-foot-9 center Curtis Douglas. Douglas, 22, has an assist in 13 AHL games this season.
  • The Maple Leafs are struggling with injuries to their defense. Morgan Rielly has been placed on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury, the team announced Tuesday morning.
  • The team is already defenseless Jake Muzzinwho is out indefinitely with a cervical spine injury and a fellow blueliner TJ Brodiewho was placed on injured reserve last week with an oblique injury.

Why did the Maple Leafs acquire Timmins?

The Leafs are missing their #1, #2 and #3 defensemen right now. One of those guys, Muzzin, may not be back this season. Rielly could miss next month. Brodie is slowly coming back from an oblique injury.

Timmins is useful depth in the middle of it all. Right now, because of injuries, the Leafs are using Mac Hollowell as their No. 6 defenseman. He will play his first NHL game on Wednesday night. One more injury and the Leafs could have had Hollowell, Victor Mete i Jordi Benn all in their alignment at once. More support, with some upside, for this lot makes sense. — Siegel

What do the Maple Leafs get in Timmins?

Timmins has been injured often and has missed a lot of hockey over the past few years. In his early years, he showed himself to be a very smart defenseman who could move the puck at a high level and trended as a second- or third-pair defenseman. His skating was his main problem historically.

Now after years of inactivity, its projection is less clear. He might be an NHL defenseman for Toronto, but it’s hard to tell if he’ll be a good one. — Pronounce

How much potential has Timmins shown in the NHL?

Timmins was a promising prospect for Colorado, but struggled with injuries. He ended up playing in postseason games for the Avalanche, including all 10 in 2021.

The team moved him that summer in the deal for Darcy Kuemper, but Timmins’ bad luck with injuries continued in Arizona, where he played in just eight games since the start of 2021-22. — Baugh

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(Connor Timmins Photo: Ringo HW Chiu/AP Photo)





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