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Leafs Matthews on shoulder injury: Its progressed quite well

Leafs Matthews on shoulder injury: Its progressed quite well
Published On: Sun, Nov 18
Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Auston Matthews is congratulated by supporters in the stands after being selected as the number one overall draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Leafs centre Auston Matthews is taking a cautious approach when it comes to nailing down a return date from his shoulder injury.

Asked Sunday if he will be able to play next Saturday, when the Leafs face Philadelphia on home ice, Matthews was non-committal.

a€œIa€™ll return when I feel healthy,a€ he said. a€œRight now, wea€™re taking it day by day.a€

Sunday marked Matthewsa€™ first practice with the team since Oct. 27, when he suffered a shoulder injury in the second period after running into Winnipega€™s Jacob Trouba in front of the Jetsa€™ net.

Next Saturday would mark four weeks since the injury, the timeline the Leafs had projected for his recovery. It takes more time to return to game fitness, though.

Matthews focused on improving his shot in the off-season and the early results were impressive: 10 goals in his first 11 games, which led the NHL at the time, plus six assists.

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