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08:00  11 september  2019
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Leafs camp officially opens with optimism from the new guys

Leafs camp officially opens with optimism from the new guys The Toronto Maple Leafs opened their training camp this morning, with the new guys first up in terms of medicals, fitness tests and team photographs. Alexander Kerfoot and Jordan Schmaltz were in the first group. “I’ve only been here for a week, so just getting used to the guys, getting to know everyone,” said Kerfoot, acquired with Tyson Barrie in the summertime trade with Colorado for Nazem Kadri. “Such a professional organization. They treat you so well. There’s not much more you can ask for.” So far, Kerfoot likes what he’s seen from head coach Mike Babcock. “He seems like a great coach, very professional,” said Kerfoot. “he’s had success everywhere he’s been.

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• • • The Toronto Maple Leafs are taking Training Camp east to St. John's from September 13 - 17. From Friday to Sunday, the Maple Leafs players will take to the ice at the Paradise Double Ice Complex for practice as well as intra-squad scrimmages.

Rejigged Maple Leafs have a lot to shoot for when camp opens on the Rock© Steve Russell The Leafs’ lineup on opening night is destined to look quite a bit different from the one that fell to the Bruins in seven games in April.

When a team is considered a Stanley Cup contender and a no-brainer for a playoff spot, training camp tends to be a boring affair with just one or two spots up for grabs.

Not the 2019-20 Toronto Maple Leafs, who have medicals Thursday and open camp in St. John’s on Friday.

Six players who suited up for Game 7 against the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs in April are gone — as is Nazem Kadri, who was suspended at the time. Three others are hurt or unsigned.

The Leafs aren’t looking for Rock-star treatment when camp opens in St. John’s

The Leafs aren’t looking for Rock-star treatment when camp opens in St. John’s Morgan Rielly spoke about how important the training would be. Frederik Gauthier talked about the tight battle for jobs. Only Nic Petan even acknowledged that the Maple Leafs’ training camp in Newfoundland might offer up some unique distractions. “I’ve never been before, so I’m excited to see what it’s like over there,” said Petan. “I’ve heard a lot of good stories.” What kind of stories? “Uh, good stories, and I’ve heard there’s good golf. Let’s leave it there.” Only a handful of the Mitch Marner-less Leafs met with the media Wednesday at their annual golf tournament in support of the MLSE Foundation. The rest will get a further grilling Thursday, when medicals are held.

The Leafs got a lot closer on July 1 after stunning the hockey world by convincing free-agent centre John Tavares – set to turn 28 years old and in the prime of his career – to leave the New York Islanders and join the team he cheered for growing up in the “I’m sure that has a lot to do with the predictions.”

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So there are plenty of jobs available, from the first line to backup goalie, and plenty of contenders for each of them. Here’s a look at how things are shaping up:

The first line

Mitch Marner and Zach Hyman formed two-thirds of the top line with star centre John Tavares last season, but Marner remains without a contract and Hyman may not be ready after surgery to repair a knee ligament. That’s two jobs right there. And maybe it’s not even the top line anymore. Andreas Johnsson is the likely candidate to sub for Hyman on left wing. Jeremy Bracco, who led the AHL’s Marlies in scoring last year, has the talent to run an NHL power play, but it might be a bit of a leap. He’ll probably get a look there in training camp, and could get a break if Marner doesn’t sign by the start of the season. Russian Ilya Mikheyev is also a strong possibility. He can play either wing and, soon to be 25, would offer more of a veteran presence.

Forward Mitch Marner joins Toronto Maple Leafs in Newfoundland for training camp

Forward Mitch Marner joins Toronto Maple Leafs in Newfoundland for training camp PARADISE, N.L. — Mitch Marner and Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas say bringing the team together and not missing any games were top of mind issues as they inked a six-year deal. Marner joined his Maple Leafs teammates today in Paradise, N.L. for the second day of training camp. The former restricted free agent agreed to a six-year deal with Toronto yesterday, with an average annual value of US$10.893 million. Dubas thanked the 22-year-old Marner for his commitment to the team by agreeing to a salary slightly below his expectations, in order to have the team in a good place for the start of the season.

Otherwise, the Leafs have a host of young, cheap options that are positioned to provide better performances than the departed Roman Polak. Calle Rosen, Andreas Borgman and Igor Ozhiganov can also make their cases in training camp ; all of whom come in with a cap hit below million.

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The second line

Star centre Auston Matthews played with a rotating crew last year, and is now yearning for some stability. A reunion with right winger William Nylander is not out of the question, and a return to their magic of two seasons ago would be welcome. On the left side, Mikheyev fits the bill as the digger. As a favourite already of coach Mike Babcock, expect Mikheyev to get some top-line looks in camp. Trevor Moore also wouldn’t look out of place. A bit like the dearly departed Connor Brown, now in Ottawa, he can play anywhere in a lineup.

The third line

The Leafs added Alexander Kerfoot from Colorado in the Kadri trade, so he’s a logical candidate. He can also play any forward position, so it’s entirely possible he comes in as a winger, with Jason Spezza getting some time in a top-nine role. The only holdover from last year’s third line would be Kasperi Kapanen, who can also play further up the lineup if needed. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that Kenny Agostino and Nic Petan are candidates and beginning two-year deals, a sure sign that general manager Kyle Dubas believes in both of them. Once everyone is healthy and signed, however, the third line could be Johnsson-Kerfoot-Kapanen.

Maple Leafs make the first cuts from training camp

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Toronto Maple Leafs ' Dion Phaneuf takes part in a promotional video shoot in Toronto. There are a lot of eyes on the captain entering camp . The Leafs have acquired a few young pros with potential like Nikita Soshnikov and Brendan Leipsic (in the Cody Franson trade) and, added to their draft picks

The fourth line

Frederik Gauthier is the incumbent centre, but he’s no sure thing to make the team. He’ll have to start killing penalties. If Spezza falls to the fourth line, it could be as a winger. Moore could end up here. Petan is another possibility, although he didn’t seem to earn Babcock’s trust after the Leafs acquired him from Winnipeg for Par Lindholm at the trade deadline. Babcock might prefer an all-size line from among Gauthier (six-foot-five), Spezza (six-foot-three) and one of Mason Marchment (six-foot-four), Yegor Korshkov (six-foot-four) or Pierre Engvall (six-foot-five).

Other forwards

Matt Read, Pontus Aberg, Nick Shore, Kalle Kossila and Garrett Wilson were all brought in over the summer as Dubas hopes to find another Tyler Ennis — a player with skill who might have been in the wrong system or overlooked by his last team. Read’s 33, with 449 NHL games to his credit, and is in on a tryout. The others are signed. Wilson, 28, is hurt (hamstring). Kossila inked a two-year deal, indicating a commitment from the Leafs. If there’s a common theme (Aberg, Shore and Kossila in particular), they’re playmakers.

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Top-pair defence

The job on Morgan Rielly’s right side is available after Ron Hainsey’s departure as a free agent to the Senators. Cody Ceci, acquired from Ottawa, is the most likely candidate and has been playing there during informal workouts. Ceci was a top-pair D-man in Ottawa last year and struggled, so maybe he’s better off further down the lineup. He’ll be with better players, though, so maybe the transition will be smooth. If healthy, Travis Dermott — coming off shoulder surgery — could challenge, even though he’s a lefty.

Second pair

If anything’s set, it’s Jake Muzzin and Tyson Barrie here. Barrie has a skill set similar to the departed Jake Gardiner — who recently signed with Carolina — and is a right-handed shooter. The Leafs have balance in their top four if it all works out.

Third pair

There’s no guarantee that Dermott will be healthy, so this unit is up for grabs. Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin will get a long look together in camp. Both former first-round picks are probably going back to the Marlies, though, to log big minutes in all situations. Justin Holl and Martin Marincin, frequent healthy scratches last season, are back but face tough competition from Ben Harpur (six-foot-six), Jordan Schmaltz (six-foot-two and a righty) and puck-mover Teemu Kivihalme, who played in Finland last year.


Saving the most important position for last, it’s worth noting that a good backup for Frederik Andersen is incredibly important. Garret Sparks — traded to Vegas — did not thrive in that role, perhaps leading to more games for Andersen than desirable and a few points lost. Michael Hutchinson is signed and did OK last year, but 31-year-old Michal Neuvirth, in on a tryout, has to be considered the favourite. He has 257 NHL games to his credit, mostly as a backup.

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

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