Sunday, September 20, 2009

Leaf roster just got smaller

The Maple Leafs have cut 22 players which leaves the following players still in camp:

Forwards: Jason Allison, Jason Blake, Tyler Bozak, Tim Brent, Jamie Devane, Andre Deveaux, Alex Foster, Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman, Ryan Hamilton, Christian Hanson, Nazem Kadri, Nikolai Kulemin, John Kurtz, Jamal Mayers, John Mitchell, Ben Ondrus, Colton Orr, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Wayne Primeau, Jay Rosehill, Viktor Stålberg, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Jiri Tlusty, and Rickard Wallin

Defence: Francois Beauchemin, Garnet Exelby, Jeff Finger, Jonas Frogren, Carl Gunnarsson, Tomas Kaberle, Mike Komisarek, Todd Perry, Luke Schenn, Barron Smith, Mike Van Ryn, and Ian White

Goalies: Beau Erickson, Jonas Gustavsson, Joey MacDonald, Vesa Toskala

If we assume the Leafs will be leaving camp with 2 goalies, 8 defenders, and 13 forwards, that means that half the forwards still have to be cut, 4 defenders will be chopped, and 2 goalies will be working elsewhere when the season starts. To help I have listed the players who I think can be sent to the minors (or back to the Juniors) without having to clear waivers in italics. So a player that can be sent down has to be a lot better than a roster player to make the team because it gets messy getting rid of the veteran player. Some will clear waivers but not all. Also, you aren't going to replace a 4th liner like Jamal Mayer with a skill player like Tyler Bozak but you might give Andre Deveaux his spot on the roster.