The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Saturday that the team has trimmed its training camp roster by 22 players.
The following players were assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League: Alex Berry, Darryl Boyce, Josh Engel, Andrew Engelage, Tom Galvin, Stefano Giliati, Richard Greenop, Juraj Mikus, Dale Mitchell, Phil Oreskovic, Todd Perry, James Reimer, Kyle Rogers, Joe Ryan, Greg Scott, Robert Slaney, and Mikhail Stefanovich.
The Maple Leafs assigned the following players to their respective junior clubs: Jesse Blacker (Windsor – OHL), Joel Champagne (P.E.I. – QMJHL), and Brandon Manning (Chilliwack – WHL).
Bill Thomas and Juha Uotila have been released from their Professional Try-Out contracts.
Notably, there are a few interesting names still in the mix.
Though Kadri has shown that he is the real deal, safe money says he will be playing with the London Knights come the start of the season. If not for the wealth of centers on this team, it is very possible that he would be getting a better crack at this roster, but that's not the case, and he looks poised to tear up juniors next year. Future line possibility: Kulemin, Kadri, Kessel. We may have to go with first names when referring to this lines name.
Jason Allison has done enough to still warrant kicking around, and though his speed is a really negative, he has shown great vision and hockey sense, and seems likely to continue to get a good look. Again, it makes the situation that much tougher feat with the great play of Grabovski and Stajan. It seems as though this comeback attempt may have been staged at the worst possible time.
Lastly, I am very intrigued with Jay Rosehill's play. He has been very effective in the role he's played for this team, and I think it is very possible he could unseat someone for a spot on the big club.
More to come.