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Maple Leafs trim training camp roster to 49

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The sword was swung, and took out about 25 players

NHL: Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

As has been speculated today by a few Leafs reporters, the Maple Leafs have announced the first wave of cuts to their training camp roster, taking the group from 73 players down to 49. You can see who has made the cut below (click here for original image):

Forwards after first cuts

# Player Age Height Weight Shoots 16/17 Club 16/17 Points Acquired
# Player Age Height Weight Shoots 16/17 Club 16/17 Points Acquired
45 Miro Aaltonen 24 5'11" 176lbs L Vityaz (KH) 59GP - 19G - 25A - 44Pts FA 2017
42 Tyler Bozak 31 6'1" 195lbs R Toronto (NHL) 78GP - 18G - 37A - 55Pts FA 2009
28 Connor Brown 23 6'0" 185lbs R Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 20G - 16A - 36Pts 2012 Draft - 156th
39 Rich Clune 30 5'10" 210lbs L Toronto (AHL) 37GP - 3G - 7A - 10Pts AHL Contract
23 Eric Fehr 32 6'4" 212lbs R Pittsburgh / Toronto (NHL) 53GP - 6G - 5A - 1Pts Trade 2017
33 Frederik Gauthier 22 6'5" 235lbs L Toronto (AHL/NHL) 67GP - 6G - 10A - 16Pts 2013 Draft - 21st
38 Colin Greening 31 6'2" 210lbs L Toronto (AHL) 69GP - 10G - 14A - 24Pts Trade 2016
62 Carl Grundstrom 19 6'0" 195lbs L Frolunda (SHL) 45GP - 14G - 6A - 20Pts 2016 Draft - 57th
11 Zach Hyman 25 6'1" 210lbs R Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 18G - 10A - 28Pts Trade 2015
49 Andreas Johnsson 22 5'10" 190lbs L Toronto (AHL) 75GP - 20G - 27A - 47Pts 2016 Draft - 202nd
43 Nazem Kadri 26 6'0" 195lbs L Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 32G - 29A - 61Pts 2009 Draft - 7th
24 Kasperi Kapanen 21 6'1" 190lbs R Toronto (AHL) 43GP - 18G - 25A - 43Pts Trade 2015
47 Leo Komarov 30 5'11" 210lbs L Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 14G - 18A - 32Pts 2006 Draft - 180th
32 Josh Leivo 24 6'2" 205lbs R Toronto (NHL) 13GP - 2G - 8A - 10Pts 2011 Draft - 86th
37 Tobias Lindberg 22 6'3" 215lbs L Toronto (AHL) 44GP - 6G - 10A - 16Pts Trade 2016
66 Mason Marchment 22 6'4" 201lbs L Orlando (ECHL) / Toronto (AHL) 44GP - 15G - 6A - 21Pts AHL Contract
12 Patrick Marleau 37 6'2" 215lbs L San Jose (NHL) 82GP - 27G - 19A - 46Pts FA 2017
16 Mitch Marner 20 6'0" 170lbs R Toronto (NHL) 77GP - 19G - 42A - 61Pts 2015 Draft - 4th
15 Matt Martin 28 6'3" 220lbs L Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 5G - 4A - 9Pts FA 2016
34 Auston Matthews 19 6'3" 216lbs L Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 40G - 29A - 69Pts 2016 Draft - 1st
20 Dominic Moore 37 6'0" 192lbs L Boston (NHL) 82GP - 11G - 14A - 25Pts FA 2017
56 Trevor Moore 22 5'10" 175lbs L Toronto (AHL) 57GP - 13G - 20A - 33Pts FA 2016
64 Chris Mueller 31 5'11" 210lbs R Tucson (AHL) 68GP - 19G - 48A - 67Pts FA 2017
29 William Nylander 21 6'0" 190lbs R Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 22G - 39A - 61Pts 2014 Draft - 8th
36 Kerby Rychel 22 6'1" 213lbs L Toronto (AHL) 73GP - 19G - 33A - 52Pts Trade 2016
18 Ben Smith 29 5'11" 198lbs R Colorado/Toronto (NHL) 40GP - 2G - 2A - 4Pts Waviers 2016
26 Nikita Soshnikov 23 5'11" 190lbs L Toronto (AHL/NHL) 62GP - 6G - 6A - 12Pts FA 2015
41 Dmytro Timashov 20 5'10" 190lbs L Toronto (AHL) 63GP - 11G - 13A - 24Pts 2015 Draft - 125th
25 James van Riemsdyk 28 6'3" 210lbs L Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 29G - 33A - 62Pts Trade 2012

Defence after first cuts

# Player Age Height Weight Shoots 16/17 Team 16/17 Points Acquired
# Player Age Height Weight Shoots 16/17 Team 16/17 Points Acquired
55 Andreas Borgman 22 6'0" 205lbs L HV71 (SHL) 45GP - 5G - 10A - 15Pts FA 2017
8 Connor Carrick 23 5'11" 195lbs R Toronto (NHL) 67GP - 2G - 6A - 8Pts Trade 2016
57 Travis Dermott 20 6'0" 200lbs L Toronto (AHL) 59GP - 5G - 19A - 24Pts 2015 Draft - 34th
51 Jake Gardiner 27 6'2" 200lbs L Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 9G - 34A - 43Pts Trade 2011
80 Fedor Gordeev 18 6'6" 200lbs L Flint (OHL) 62GP - 3G - 10A - 13Pts 2017 Draft - 141st
84 Alex Gudbranson 23 6'2" 216lbs R Quad City (ECHL) 45GP - 4G - 11A - 15Pts AHL Contract
2 Ron Hainsey 36 6'3" 210lbs L Carolina/Pittsburgh (NHL) 72GP - 4G - 13A - 17Pts FA 2017
54 Justin Holl 25 6'3" 195lbs R Toronto (AHL) 72GP - 8G - 11A - 19Pts FA 2016
78 Timothy Liljegren 18 6'0" 191lbs R Rogle (SHL/U20) 31GP - 6G - 6A - 12Pts 2017 Draft - 17th
63 Vincent LoVerde 28 5'11" 205lbs R Ontario (AHL) 61GP - 9G - 26A - 35Pts FA 2017
52 Martin Marincin 25 6'4" 210lbs L Toronto (NHL) 25GP - 1G - 6A - 7Pts Trade 2015
75 Keaton Middleton 19 6'5" 235lbs L Saginaw (OHL) 64GP - 4G - 14A - 18Pts 2016 Draft - 101st
58 Andrew Nielsen 20 6'3" 210lbs L Toronto (AHL) 74GP - 14G - 25A - 39Pts 2015 Draft - 65th
65 Michael Paliotta 24 6'3" 207lbs R Hartford (AHL) 52GP - 1G - 13A - 14Pts AHL Contract
46 Roman Polak 31 6'2" 235lbs R Toronto (NHL) 74GP - 4G - 7A - 11Pts Camp Invite
44 Morgan Rielly 23 6'1" 215lbs L Toronto (NHL) 76GP - 6G - 21A - 27Pts 2012 Draft - 5th
48 Calle Rosen 23 6'0" 174lbs L Vaxjo (SHL) 41GP - 6G - 13A - 19Pts FA 2017
53 Rinat Valiev 22 6'3" 213lbs L Toronto (AHL) 60G - 4G - 19A - 23Pts 2014 Draft - 68th
22 Nikita Zaitsev 25 6'2" 195lbs R Toronto (NHL) 82GP - 4G - 32A - 36Pts FA 2016

Goalies after first cuts

# Player Age Height Weight Glove 16/17 Team 16/17 Stats Acquired
# Player Age Height Weight Glove 16/17 Team 16/17 Stats Acquired
31 Frederik Andersen 27 6'4" 230lbs L Toronto (NHL) 66GP - 2.67GAA - .918sv% Trade 2016
30 Kasimir Kaskisuo 23 6'3" 201lbs L Orlando (ECHL) 32GP - 3.45GAA - .899sv% FA 2016
35 Curtis McElinney 34 6'3" 200lbs L Columbus/Toronto (NHL) 21GP - 2.85GAA - .914sv% Waivers 2017
40 Garret Sparks 24 6'3" 205lbs L Toronto (AHL) 31GP - 2.16GAA - .922sv% 2011 Draft - 190th

The cuts are players who were not expected to compete for NHL roster spots. The Leafs started with a huge camp, so this set of cuts still leaves them with a more manageable group, though one still robustly populated by non-NHLers. Looking up and down the updated roster, many are there to make up the numbers.

You can see the list of cuts below, along with where they were assigned:

A mild surprise is that the Leafs chose to send some of their prospective AHL players down to the Marlies now, presumably to fill out their training camp with Sheldon Keefe. Specifically, Adam Brooks and Jeremy Bracco may have expected to get a longer look in the main training camp. Just as notably, players like Andreas Johnsson, Tobias Lindberg, and Trevor Moore are not on that list and are still with the NHL group. None of them will sniff a NHL roster spot out of training camp, but it looks like they’re being kept up to make the numbers and hit the ice in the preseason. It may also indicate that they’re generally seen as being higher on the totem pole of Leafs-controlled players. Or it could indicate nothing more than seniority in terms of tenure.

Almost all of the players who are playing in junior hockey were reassigned to their CHL teams. The only one who wasnt? Keaton Middleton. I have no idea if that means anything at all, but it’s true.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that Timothy Liljegren is the only 2017 draft pick remaining in the main camp - that is to be expected, of course. It would be quite unusual to see a highly touted first round pick cut before lacing them up for even a preseason game. There has been some talk of a Dermott - Liljegren pairing, which we saw for a bit at rookie camp, and we may see this season if Liljegren comes over to the AHL, and Dermott doesn’t make the NHL. The former seems increasingly likely, but the way the media and team has been speaking about Dermott, the latter seems increasingly unlikely.

All in all, there’s nothing too surprising about this set of cuts. 24 cuts down, 26 to go.