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Maple Leafs Pre-Season: What you need to know

Camp kicks off with medicals, then a trip to Halifax.

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Smell that? That's some clean air. Well, enjoy it while you can because that is the last you'll smell of it. From here on out it's the pleasant musk of sweat, mold, and bacteria flourishing because...


Nothing on ice, but some medicals, and giving standard quotes to the media (these will be the same quotes the rookies gave at the tournament but they're just as relevant now as they were 10 years ago). This will take place at the Leafs practice facility, the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Etobicoke. New Headcoach Mike Babcock will be holding a press conference at 10AM. Not sure if there's anything to see but here's a map if you want to head down:

After this morning it's off to the east coast where they'll be training in the lovely BMO Centre in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Anyone can come to watch, however there are only 400 tickets per day, tickets are bought 2 per person cash only at the BMO centre, the tickets are a $5 donation to KidSport Nova Scotia.

Here is the roster for training camp this year:

Player 14/15 Team 14/15 Stats Age
Mark Arcobello ARZ, NSH, PIT, EDM (N) 17G, 14A, 31P 27
Casey Bailey Toronto (N), Penn State (NCAA) 23G, 18A, 41P 24
Taylor Beck Nashville (N) 8G, 8A, 16P 24
Brad Boyes Florida (N) 14G, 24A, 38P 33
Tyler Bozak Toronto (N) 23G, 26A, 49P 29
Connor Brown Toronto (A) 21G, 40A, 61P 21
Sam Carrick Toronto (A+N) 10G, 19A, 29P 23
Richard Clune Nashville, Milwaukee (A) 6G, 11A, 17P 28
Martins Dzierkals HK Riga (Russia Jr) 15G, 23A, 38P 18
Eric Faille Texas (A), Ft. Wayne (E) 29G, 31A, 60P 26
TJ Foster U. of Alberta (CIS) 18G, 24P, 42P 23
Matt Frattin Toronto (A+N) 26G, 22A, 48P 27
Byron Froese Toronto (A), San Antonio (A), Cincinnati (E) 26G, 40A, 66P 24
Frederik Gauthier Rimouski (QMJHL) 16G, 16A, 32P 20
Curtis Glencross Washington, Calgary (N) 13G, 22A, 35P 33
Peter Holland Toronto (N) 11G, 14A, 25P 24
Zach Hyman U. Michigan (NCAA) 22G, 32A, 54P 23
Justin Johnson Alaska (E) 3G, 2A, 5P 34
Michael Joly Rimouski (QMJHL) 26G, 19A, 45P 20
Nazem Kadri Toronto (N) 18G, 21A, 39P 25
Kasperi Kapanen Wilkes-Barre (A), KalPa (SM-Liiga) 12G, 11A, 23P 19
Leo Komarov Toronto (N) 8G, 18A, 26P 28
Josh Leivo Toronto (A+N) 12G, 21A, 33P 22
Brendan Leipsic Toronto (A), Milwaukee (A) 14G, 40A, 54P 21
Joffrey Lupul Toronto (N) 10G, 11A, 21P 32
Mitchell Marner London (OHL) 44G, 82A, 126P 18
Shawn Mattias Vancouver (N) 18G, 9A, 27P 27
William Nylander Toronto (A), MODO (SHL) 22G, 30A, 52P 19
Richard Panik Toronto (N) 11G, 6A, 17P 24
PA Parenteau Montreal (N) 8G, 14A, 22P 32
Jack Rodewald Toronto (A), Moose Jaw (WHL) 35G, 51A, 86P 21
Matt Rupert Toronto (A), London (OHL) 30A, 45A, 75P 21
Ryan Rupert Toronto (A), Orlando (E) 20G, 21A, 41P 21
Nikolai Skladnichenko Metallurg (KHL), Zauralie (VHL) 5G, 4A, 9P 21
Nikita Soshnikov Atlant Moscow (KHL) 14G, 18A, 32P 22
Nick Spaling Pittsburgh (N) 9G, 18A, 27P 27
Dmytro Timashov Quebec (QMJHL) 19G, 71A, 90P 19
Brady Vail Toronto (A), Orlando (E) 15G, 14A, 29P 21
James Van Riemsdyk Toronto (A) 27G, 29A, 56P 26
Carter Verheaghe Niagara (OHL) 33G, 49A, 82P 20
Daniel Winnik Toronto, Pittsburgh (N) 9G, 25A, 34P 30
TJ Brennan Rockford, Toronto (A), Toronto (N) 12G, 41A, 53P 26
Andrew Campbell Portland (A), Arizona (N) 3G, 9A, 12P 27
Travis Dermott Erie (OHL) 8G, 37A, 45P 19
Stephen Desroscher Oshawa (OHL) 10G, 13A, 26P 19
Cody Donaghey Quebec (QMJHL) 4G, 11A, 15P 19
Matt Finn Toronto (A), Orlando (E) 2G, 3A, 5P 21
Mark Fraser Albany (A), New Jersey (N) 1G, 6A, 7P 29
Jake Gardiner Toronto (N) 4G, 20A, 24P 25
Petter Granberg Toronto (A+N) 1G, 14A, 15P 23
Scott Harrington Wilkes-Barre (A), Pittsburgh (N) 2G, 10A, 12P 22
Justin Holl Rockford (A), Indy (E) 7G, 27A, 34P 23
Matt Hunwick NY Rangers (N) 2G, 9A, 11P 30
Aiden Jamieson London (OHL) 0G, 30A, 30P 19
Viktor Loov Toronto (A) 6G, 15A, 21P 23
Martin Marincin Edmonton (N), Oklahoma City (A) 1G, 11A, 12P 23
Max Nicastro Banksa Bystrica (Slovakia), Orlando (E) 9G, 14A, 23P 25
Andrew Nielson Lethbridge (WHL) 7G, 17A, 24P 19
Tm Nilsson Toronto (A) 1G, 5A, 6P 22
Stuart Percy Toronto (A+N) 1G, 13A, 14P 22
Dion Phaneuf Toronto (N) 3G, 23A, 29P 30
Roman Polak Toronto (N) 5G, 4A, 9P 29
Morgan Rielly Toronto (N) 8G, 21A, 29P 21
Stephane Robidas Toronto (N) 1G, 6A, 7P 38
Rinat Valiev Toronto (A), Kootenay (WHL) 9G, 37A, 46P 20
Jonathan Bernier Toronto (N) 2.87 GA / 2SO 27
Antoine Bibeau Toronto (A) 2.69 GA / 4SO 21
Christopher Gibson Toronto (A) 2.42 GA / 2SO 23
Rob Madore Cincinnati (E) 2.64 GA / 4SO 27
Lucas Peressini Kingston (OHL) 2.32 GA / 5SO 20
James Reimer Toronto (N) 3.16 GA / 0SO 27
Garrett Sparks Toronto (A), Orlando (E) 2.34GA / 5SO 22
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After three days out east it's on to exhibition games starting with a split squad game against Ottawa on the 21st.

Date Opponent Location Time
Mon. Sept 21st Ottawa (split squad) Canadian Tire Centre 7:30PM
Mon. Sept 21st Ottawa (Split Squad) Air Canada Centre 7:30PM
Tues. Sept 22nd Montreal Bell Centre 7:30PM
Fri. Sept 25th Buffalo Air Canada Centre 7:30PM
Sat. Sept 26th Montreal Air Canada Centre 7:30PM
Tues. Sept 29th Buffalo First Niagara Centre 7:00PM
Fri. Oct 2nd Detroit Joe Louis Arena 7:30PM
Sat. Oct 3rd Detroit Air Canada Centre 7:00PM

Cuts will come and go in camp, and we'll keep you updated throughout it.

What are we looking for in this year's camp? I have a few thoughts and I'm sure you do too, so post yours in the comments below (but don't skip mine to do it! Occasionally I say good things, you don't want to miss out).

Did the Leafs bring enough people to camp?

No, that's why I had room at the bottom of my list.

Can the kids wow management enough to stick?

Maybe. I mean, Nylander can, I'm confident enough in our next Swedish Captain (oh yes, I'm getting wayyyy ahead of myself) that he could make the pro team out of camp. Hell, I'd say he could play on the third line right now. He won't make it though. Unless the Leafs go on a tear and end up in a playoff spot by the All-Star break (That's going on this year? Who knows anymore you inconsistent league) he'll stay down and lead the Marlies to a Calder Cup... Or just be really good on a mediocre team, preparing him for years as a Leaf.

Can the PTOs become full-time Leafs?

I think atleast one of them will. Mark Fraser won't, Lou is just being nice to him is all. I think it will be Glencross and Setoguchi. What do I base this on? Nothing. I'm guessing. I wouldn't lie to you, dear reader, with made up stats or stories of grart.

What about those undrafted rookies?

Joly was Gauthier's teammate, so he's got that going for him. Peressini had decent numbers for a Junior goalie, but all three levels are basically filled, so maybe Orlando back up? This is some kind of pressure I certainly wouldn't want hanging over my head. And bringing in a CIS player? Interesting move and the CIS doesn't get enough love really. Those are fun games. Go see your local school play (Go Badgers!)

Will we get a clear picture of this season?

Once the exhibition schedule is over and the Leafs have gone 3-3-2 in the preseason, yes we will, because that's the kind of record this team will have after 82 games. Middle of the losers. Prove me wrong though. Prove me wrong.

How long until some reporters turn on Babcock?

Yesterday. "When he took over the Red Wings in 2005, after Brian Burke didn’t want him in Anaheim..."

Good job.