Matt Frattin practises with the Toronto Maple Leafs a Saturday night game with the Buffalo Sabres at the Mastercard Centre in Etobicoke on March 30, 2012. (Stan Behal Photo/QMI Agency)
WINNIPEG - Matt Frattin looks like he hasn’t missed a stride.
After being sidelined by a knee injury last spring in the final minute of the clinching game in the Western Conference final during the Calder Cup playoffs, the Toronto Marlies winger returned to the lineup in mid-November and quickly posted five goals in his first five games.
Despite being out of action for five-and-a-half months, Frattin was right back to being the productive player who was one of the go-to guys for the Marlies after being sent down for some important playoff experience after suiting up in 56 games during his rookie season with the parent Maple Leafs.
“It was a long summer,” Frattin said in a telephone interview from Rochester, N.Y. “It’s the only serious injury I’ve had to this date, knock on wood. I followed the schedule laid out by the trainers and the doctors, stayed on track with what I needed to do. We took it slow to make sure I was game ready, but it’s good now."