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Leafs' Jhonas Enroth to join Team Sweden for the World Cup of Hockey

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One of the pluses for the new Leafs' backup, signed just a few days ago, was that he wasn't on a World Cup team, so he would be available for all of training camp. So much for that.

Enroth with the cup for Tre Kronor
Enroth with the cup for Tre Kronor
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Rikard Grönborg, the coach of Team Sweden announced just this morning that due to an injury to Robin Lehner, Jhonas Enroth would take over as one of three goaltenders for the team.

Enroth joins Henrik Lundqvist and Jakob Markström, and this substitution means there's a Leafs player on every team at the World Cup. The Leafs can't help but win. They also can't help but come last, but it's best not to think about it that way.

Enroth backed up Lundqvist in 2014 at the Olympics which meant he played in zero games for zero minutes. Depending on how hard the Swedes want to play to win this tournament, and they seem very serious about it, that may happen again.

In an interview just before he signed with Toronto, Enroth admitted he was a bit disappointed not to be named to Tre Kronor, but that he'd been expecting Lehner to get the nod ahead of him.

He has been training in Sweden, and will join the rest of the team in Gothenburg (summer home of Lundqvist, but I'm sure that's merely a coincidence) for training camp in a few days.

While he's busy with that, Toronto's other new goaltender Frederik Andersen is in Copenhagen today for training sessions ahead of Denmark's Olympic qualifier which begins on September 1 in Minsk.

The Leafs are going to have two goalies who are in game ready shape before they ever arrive at camp. Andersen's team isn't very likely to go deep in the World Cup, so he might be on hand from the beginning, but Enroth may be one of the last to show up, paving the way for Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo to get in some game time in the pre-season.

That being said, don't be surprised if the Leafs find someone to bring in on a PTO to give them a full slate of practice goalies.