The countdown is almost done! Leafs' training camp opens Thursday September 14th so it is time for that Fox Favourite 'Skating With The Stars'. Just kidding, Dave Coulier will not be there but these stars will: Leafs Training camp invitees.
Since the Leafs have said that they will only have 50 participants at the camp that means that there will be nine more invitees. Most will likely come from the Rookie Tournament roster.
Hockey's Future has a good preview of the battles that will rage at camp. This year there actually will be these battles taking place between young, hungry players. This is a nice change from past team's when the veterans only had to show up to camp while the kids knew that they would be back with their junior teams or to the AHL in a couple of weeks.
The forward spots are mostly set with the only real decisions left for Maurice are who will flank the skipper and who will fill out the fourth line. The interesting battle will be between the Marlies for the 5th and 6th defence position.
- What defencemen will stick with the big club?
- What will the lines look like?
- Where will the goals come from?
- Is JFJ trying to undermine Maurice already?