Maple Leafs call up Matt Frattin with Joffrey Lupul sidelined for at least six weeks
Matt Frattin is getting a second chance to show he belongs with the Maple Leafs.
The 25-year-old winger will play Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre against the visiting New York Islanders after being called up from the Marlies to replace injured Joffrey Lupul.
Lupul is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks after fracturing a forearm in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Frattin was expected to make the Leafs out of training camp but the former North Dakota star didn’t impress coach Randy Carlyle enough and was returned to the Marlies before last Saturday’s season opener in Montreal. He played one game, firing a shootout winner against the Hamilton Bulldogs.
“I guess I didn’t play to my potential to earn a spot a training camp but now I have another opportunity,” Frattin said after the game-day optional skate at the ACC.