Maple Leafs coach says ‘not too many’ players to wear No. 8s after the NHL trade deadline

A little more than a month after the trade deadline, the Maple Leafs have some players they are happy to have in the lineup.

After missing a couple of weeks due to a concussion, rookie forward Anthony Mantha is back in the line-up and should see the ice tonight.

Mantha will be a rookie for the first time since the 2015-16 season and he is one of many Leafs returning to the lineup after missing a month with an upper-body injury.

He will likely be the team’s leading scorer with 10 points in 16 games.

Forward Nikita Scherbak, who was recalled from Toronto on Wednesday, will likely take his spot in the starting lineup after notching two goals and an assist in four games.

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound center has 12 points in 17 games this season.

Center Zach Hyman, who has a lower-body strain, could also return this weekend after sitting out four games with a lower body injury.

Forward Kyle Dubas will also return to the line after sitting for two games with an lower body strain.

He has seven points in 12 games.

Defenceman Josh Leivo is out with an ankle injury and defenceman Ryan Pulock is out for two weeks with a concussion.

The Leafs are coming off a 4-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday and have been outscored 28-12 in the final 10:38 of regulation.