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The Leafs kick off the pre-season with their first rookie tournament exhibition game in Laval this afternoon

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You know what’s funny?

For the first time in a number of years the rookie tournament seems pretty unimportant for the Leafs. With almost all of their exciting young talent not qualifying as rookies anymore and having established themselves on the NHL roster, everyone who’s left is either still too young to have any realistic shot of making the team to start the year or just depth guys leftover fighting for scraps.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still excited to see some of these guys play. I want to see Timothy Liljegren look dominant, and not like a frightened baby deer on the ice for the first time like he was in the rookie tournament last year. I want to see Fedor Gordeev start figuring it out. I want to see Brooks show that he’s over his concussion and mono and be a legit prospect still. I want to see Carl Grundstrom look bored with the level of competition. And I want to see all the new kids: Rasmus Sandin, Sean Durzi, SDA, Riley Stotts, and so on.

Wayne Simmonds
Look at all these future Wayne Simmondses

And of course it’s the first sort of hockey we’ll have seen the Leafs organization play since the Marlies won the Calder Cup. BUDS ALL DAY WOOOOO!

If you want watch the Leafs’ rookie tournament games, you can find out how here.

If you want to brush up on the rookie roster they’re bringing to Laval, you can check here.

ONTO THE LINKS!

Furies update: Notable players attending 2018 try-outs | by nafio

So Katya was busy this week basically profiling pretty much all of the Leafs’ potential depth players:

Pär Lindholm wants to be the Leafs 4C

Igor Ozhiganov is the Leafs’ biggest mystery depth signing

Josh Jooris wants a job on the Leafs — is there a spot for him?

Tyler Ennis is not who you think he is

Meet a Maple Leafs mystery man — Adam Cracknell

Projecting the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 2018-19 Opening Night Defense Pairings | by Alec Brownscombe at MLHS

On the Bubble: Andreas Borgman | by Jon Steitzer at TLN

How Leafs prospect Sean Durzi turned an ‘eye-opening’ draft snub into the perfect storm | by Scroll Wholesaler

In exciting news, the Leafs have announced a new acquisition:

Poll

Who are you most excited to see this rookie tournament?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Little Green
    (79 votes)
  • 20%
    The Better Rasmus
    (39 votes)
  • 3%
    Grumbles
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    [best Dangle impression] FEDOR GORDEEV!!!!
    (27 votes)
  • 20%
    Acting the SDA
    (40 votes)
191 votes total Vote Now

Have a great weekend!