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Maple Leafs quell some rumours, sign Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman to two-year entry level deals

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The Leafs are adding defensive depth to their ranks.

Finland's Henrik Haapala (L) and Sweden Calle Rosen vie during the Sweden Hockey Games match Sweden vs Finland at the Scandinavium Arena in Goteborg, Sweden, on February 12, 2017.
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The Leafs have signed two Swedish defencemen, Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman, to entry level deals, as announced by the team with no details (as per usual under Lou Lamiorello).

Rumours of the Leafs pilfering Europe for defencemen have been floating around since Mike Babcock alluded to it in an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN. Katya wrote about Borgman earlier today, and Rosen has been rumoured since late April. Those pieces have some depth on both players.

Rosen is a 23-year-old, left-shooting defenceman, who most recently played with Vaxjo in the SHL.

Calle Rosén via Elite Prospects

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2009-2010 Småland TV-Pucken 8 0 4 4 4
Växjö Lakers HC J18 J18 Elit 21 2 2 4 20
Växjö Lakers HC J20 J20 Elit 17 3 0 3 0
2010-2011 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 19 6 5 11 2
Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 15 1 5 6 2 Playoffs 5 1 0 1 2
Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 16 1 1 2 0
2011-2012 Frölunda HC J18 J18 Elit 17 6 8 14 6
Frölunda HC J18 J18 Allsvenskan 13 4 10 14 4 Playoffs 4 0 2 2 4
Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 24 1 4 5 4
2012-2013 Frölunda HC J20 SuperElit 35 3 16 19 10
Frölunda HC ET 1 0 0 0 0
Karlskrona HK Allsvenskan 12 1 2 3 0 Kvalserien AS 10 2 0 2 6
Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 4 1 2 3 0
2013-2014 Karlskrona HK Allsvenskan 52 7 7 14 18 Qualification 6 0 2 2 0
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 3 1 1 2 0
2014-2015 Växjö Lakers HC SHL 3 0 0 0 2
Rögle BK Allsvenskan 42 10 13 23 8 Qualification 7 2 5 7 2
2015-2016 Växjö Lakers HC SHL 52 3 11 14 4 Playoffs 13 1 4 5 0
Växjö Lakers HC Champions HL 6 2 1 3 4
2016-2017 Växjö Lakers HC SHL 41 6 13 19 10 Playoffs 6 0 0 0 2
Växjö Lakers HC Champions HL 11 5 2 7 4
Sweden EHT 3 0 1 1 2
Sweden (all) International 13 1 2 3 6
2017-2018 Växjö Lakers HC SHL - - - - -
Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

Borgman is a 21-year-old (turning 22 before July 1), left-shooting defenceman, who spent the 2016/2017 season with HV71, who won the SHL. Signing age for contracts is determined as the date when the contract takes place, so for our purposes, he’s 22 and should receive a two-year deal.

Andreas Borgman via Elite Prospects

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
2010-2011 Stockholm 2 TV-Pucken 4 0 1 1 2
2011-2012 Timrå IK J18 J18 Elit 19 7 5 12 36
Timrå IK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 14 3 8 11 35 Playoffs 3 0 1 1 0
Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 1 0 0 0 0
2012-2013 Timrå IK J18 J18 Elit 1 0 0 0 2
Timrå IK J18 J18 Allsvenskan 7 3 3 6 16 Playoffs 4 1 2 3 14
Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 38 8 13 21 72 Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0
Timrå IK SHL 3 0 0 0 0 Kvalserien SHL 2 0 0 0 0
Sweden U18 WJC-18 5 0 1 1 6
Sweden U18 (all) International-Jr 6 0 1 1 6
2013-2014 Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 33 5 18 23 84 Playoffs 2 0 0 0 6
Timrå IK Allsvenskan 18 0 0 0 2
Kovlands IF Division 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sweden U19 (all) International-Jr 3 2 0 2 0
2014-2015 Timrå IK J20 SuperElit 7 0 2 2 10 Playoffs 2 0 1 1 2
Timrå IK Allsvenskan 46 2 4 6 45
Sweden U20 (all) International-Jr 3 1 0 1 0
2015-2016 VIK Västerås HK Allsvenskan 52 5 11 16 44
2016-2017 HV71 SHL 45 5 10 15 26 Playoffs 14 2 8 10 6
HV71 Champions HL 8 0 0 0 4
Sweden EHT 3 0 0 0 2
Sweden (all) International 4 0 0 0 2
Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

Both of these players will not be eligible for Vegas to take in the upcoming expansion draft. The million dollar (or rather, $925,000) question is what this means for the Leafs roster in the fall. The Leafs have a clear top three with Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, and Nikita Zaitsev. Those guys are going nowhere.

Connor Carrick looks likely to stay on as the number four, for now, but the bottom pairing is in flux, with incumbents Matt Hunwick and Roman Polak as pending UFAs. Additionally, there are players like Martin Marincin and Alexey Marchenko who remain in the mix for those spots, but are also possible expansion draft targets for Vegas. One would think that the Leafs are signing these two Swedes with an eye for them to compete for those bottom-end roster spots.

The natural comparison for fans to make is with the Leafs signing of Zaitsev last year. That would be a mistake, and neither of these players will come close to the year Zaitsev had, coming over from Europe and stepping into a high usage role in the NHL. Zaitsev had more pedigree, was closer to his prime, and was playing a larger role in a better league. What seems more likely is that the Leafs are adding some defensive depth to their ranks, more on the AHL level than the NHL level.

The organization is quite barren in that position throughout the farm system, particularly on the right side. This addresses the defensive depth only a little. Neither are right shots, but Rosen has experience playing on the right side. Both probably need some time in the AHL before they do anything of note for the big club.

What this also means is that the Leafs still have a gaping 1D sized hole on their blueline. It remains to be seen if the Leafs will address that during the offseason.

We will add more details about the specifics of their deals as they emerge.