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Maple Leafs make first roster cut — send William Villeneuve back to Saint John

It’s back to junior.

The Toronto Maple Leafs hold their prospects development camp Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Maple Leafs made their first cut, sending their only junior player back to the QMJHL.

After a good Traverse City tournament where his strengths and his weaknesses were revealed, William Villeneuve is taking what he learned in Leafs training camp back to junior hockey. He was rostered for some of the preseason games, and experienced an NHL road trip and practices, but he did not play.

He will be playing in his fourth junior season, but will not be free to join the Marlies this year, since his team, the Saint John Sea Dogs, will be in the Memorial Cup as hosts.

Expect to see Villeneuve at next year’s camp, battling for a spot on the Marlies.

The Maple Leafs play their Blue and White game on Friday, with more serious cuts expected on the weekend. It’s likely that a start will be made on splitting the AHLers out of the camp.