After four weekend scrimmages, the Maple Leafs subtracted 10 players off their training camp roster on Monday prior to their preseason opener against the Philadelphia Flyers at Budweiser Gardens in London, ON.
Forwards Stefan Della Rovere, Brett Findlay, Spencer Machacek, Ryan Rupert, Francis Wathier and Patrick Watling, and defenceman Matt Finn have all been assigned to the AHL Toronto Marlies, while Matt Rupert (London – OHL), Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara – OHL) and defenseman Cody Donaghey (Quebec – QMJHL) have all been sent to their respective junior clubs.
The club’s roster is now at 54 players and will likely make another sizable reduction later this week after split squad games against Philadelphia and Ottawa over the next three days. Forwards(32)
JAMES VAN RIEMSDYK
* – AHL contract
** – Tryout invitation
The Leafs roster for the game in London will consist mostly of the group who played in the first Blue and White scrimmage on Sunday; forwards Carter Ashton, Tyler Biggs, Troy Bodie, David Booth, David Broll, Sam Carrick, Matt Frattin, Peter Holland, Petri Kontiola, Brandon Kozun, Josh Leivo, Greg McKegg, Frazer McLaren, Carson McMillian, Trevor Smith and Daniel Winnik, defensemen Petter Granberg, Korbinian Holzer, Eric Knodel, Brendan Mikkelson, Tom Nilsson, Stuart Percy, Morgan Rielly and Henrik Tallinder, goaltenders Cal Heeter and Christopher Gibson.
London, ON native and Knights alum Nazem Kadri will also be in the lineup.
Goaltenders Jonathan Bernier rookie Antoine Bibeau and James Reimer, most of the projected defensive starters, 2014 top pick William Nylander and top scorers Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul will see their first preseason action at Air Canada Center on Tuesday. *******If you are interested in sponsorship or advertising your business in the Greater Toronto / Southern Ontario area on this column, please send a message for more information by clicking on the “Contact” button at the top of the page.*******
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