I have neither seen nor heard an official announcement from the team, but Anton Stralman is now listed on the Leafs active roster, following Jiri Tlusty’s return to the Marlies.
Also, the Globe & Mail is reporting that John Mitchell will skate between Antropov and Ponikarovsky against the Senators.
It will be interesting to see if Stralman suits up for the Sens game, or not.Â Â With Van Ryn and Schenn still on IR, the remaining defenders on the active roster are:Â Â Finger, Frogren, Kaberle, Kubina, Sifers, Stralman and White.
Of those seven, who do you think should sit?Â Â Or should all seven play, with White up on the wing, against the Sens?Â Â Personally, I would lean toward the latter suggestion, as White has arguably been at his most effective on the wing this season.
As for John Mitchell, I wouldn’t read too much into that, beyond Wilson simply looking to inject some speed and energy up front.Â Â It wasn’t long into the Sabres game before two things became obvious: (a) Stempniak is not a good fit with Antropov and Ponikarovsky, and (b) Antropov is a much better winger than centre.
Mitchell may not have the hands to be a long-term solution on a scoring line, but he certainly has the wheels, and the willingness on the forecheck, to be an effective injury replacement.Â Career-wise, I see John Mitchell as another Domenic Moore type:Â a dependable, energy player who will give a solid effort at both ends of the ice, play responsibly enough to be effective on the PK, and will never take a shift off.Â Â In other words, an excellent 3rd/4th line role player who can fill in up front on a short-term basis, when necessary.