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Huge update on a top Leafs prospect following scary injury


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Cody Craig
December 30, 2023  (10:35)
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Maple Leafs prospect Roni Hirvonen at practice
Photo credit: STEVEN ELLIS/DAILY FACEOFF

It has been a rough go for Maple Leafs prospect, Roni Hirvonen since coming to North America before the off-season.

After coming from the top men's league in Finland, Hirvonen looked to continue his strong play from overseas and have it transition to a solid start in North America. He played in only two games with the Toronto Marlies until a gruesome eye injury on October 15th against the Utica Comets that has kept him out since.
While having a strong start in his first two games in the AHL, Hirvonen took a high stick from Utica Comets forward, #20 Max Willman, on a follow through play that caught him in the eye area. He immediately skated to the bench, tossing off his gloves and reaching for his face. He was immediately removed from the game and there was a lot of concern about his overall wellbeing.
Friday was the first time since his injury on Oct. 15th that Hirvonen has been seen on the ice. He was on the ice in a full face shield before practice ensued on Friday. Another reason the medical staff could've taken longer precautions is the fact that Hirvonen has dealt with concussions in the past as well.
During Maple Leafs training camp, on July 8th, Nolan Dillingham got his shoulder up in an open ice hit that led to Hirvonen being knocked unconscious. He was checked on by the Maple Leafs medical staff, who helped him off the ice, as he was a little wobbly after the monstrous hit he received with his head down on the play.
Hirvonen has a reasonably high ceiling as a young prospect, who has impressed from his play in Finland and at the World Juniors. He has been compared, in some circles, to a poor man's Brad Marchand with his relentless effort and penchant for playing in the tough areas, despite his smaller frame.
With Hirvonen back at practice in the presence of his fellow teammates, it shouldn't be long until he's back, partaking in full practices.
Hopefully, these are the worst injuries the young forward prospect has to endure; allowing him to get back to form and further his development in North America in his first season as a Toronto Marlie.
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Huge update on a top Leafs prospect following scary injury

Will Roni Hirvonen be an NHLer?

Yes, he'll be a top-six NHL forward12321.8 %
No, he's too small12021.2 %
Yes, He'll be a bottom-six NHL forward21638.2 %
He will head back overseas10618.8 %
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