Leafs recall another — this time, defenseman Rinat Valiev

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The Toronto Maple Leafs could have another rookie in the lineup this weekend. This morning, they announced the recall of defenseman Rinat Valiev from the AHL.

Valiev has scored three goals with 18 assists in 54 games for the Marlies this season. The 20-year-old was drafted 68th overall by the Leafs in 2014. He represented Russia at the 2015 World Juniors.

According to CP’s Jonas Siegel, if Valiev plays Saturday against the Senators, he’ll become the ninth Leaf to make his NHL debut in 2015-16.

The other eight are William NylanderKasperi KapanenNikita SoshnikovZach Hyman,  Viktor Loov, Brendan LeipsicByron Froese, and Garret Sparks.

The Leafs, in case you hadn’t heard, are going through a bit of a rebuild.

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