Jeremy Williams' pain is Juri Tlusty's gain.
The Maple Leafs recalled former top draft pick Tlusty from the Marlies today to replace another forward, Williams, who was injured in Tuesday's win over the Atlanta Thrashers. Tlusty is expected to play tomorrow night when the Leafs face the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre.
"They gave me a great opportunity down there (with the Marlies)," Tlusty said of the stint in the minors in which he scored 13 goals and added five assists in 27 games. "When I was sent down, I said to myself, I just have to work hard and wait for my chance. I hope I did some things well and I'm looking forward to my chance with the Leafs."
Williams has an undisclosed shoulder injury after ramming into the boards on Tuesday. After the game, Leafs coach Ron Wilson said it was a bruise but there is speculation that the Marlie callup may have separated it. The Leafs are also without forward Andre Deveaux, who was limping around agains today after being nailed in the foot by a shot in practice on Monday.
Tlusty, who scored 10 goals and six assists in 58 games with the Leafs last season, skated with the line of Jason Blake and Dominic Moore in this afternoon's practice at the Lakeshore Lions Arena.
The other injured Leaf from Tuesday's game - defenceman Jonas Frogren - participated fully in practice and is expected to play against the Sabres tomorrow.
As well, Wilson hinted that rookie defenceman Luke Schenn, who has been out with a knee injury since Dec. 6, may return to the lineup as early as Tuesday's home date against Florida.