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Leafs development camp day one: haircuts and height jokes

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Very little of the first day of development camp is serious business. It’s good to have some fun in the summer.

2017 NHL Draft - Round One
That was then.
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The most important part of day one of the Toronto Maple Leafs development camp was this crucial piece of news: Timothy Liljegren cut his hair.

Please feel free to be outraged over the draconian hair policy on the Leafs. I think he looks good. But calling his old look either unruly or a mullet seems untrue.

I do actually love that Liljegren will get this fairly gentle introduction into what it’s like being a member of the Leafs where your every move is tracked, and people will want to know what you’re wearing, how your hair looks, and if you like ketchup on your hot dogs.

The real news from today’s camp was that two invitees couldn’t make it:

Korostelev was listed on the Anaheim Ducks development camp roster last weekend.

The splitting of the teams into two groups had a purpose:

And there was some skating with Barb Underhill today to keep the new Leafs draft picks on their toes.

(208 lb on a guy that tall is not huge.) But he can definitely skate backwards.