By Pat Cancilla
The Toronto Maple Leafs cut 24 players from their training camp roster on Sept. 17.
According to the team’s public relations department, the Leafs now have 49 players remaining in camp: 28 forwards, 17 defensemen and four goalies.
Following are the cuts:
Seven players have been reassigned to their CHL teams: Cole Coskey (Saginaw), Marc-Olivier Duquette (Drummondville), Fedor Gordeev (Flint), Nicolas Mattinen (London), Ryan McGregor (Sarnia), Eemeli Rasanen (Kingston) and Ian Scott (Prince Albert).
Seventeen players have been reassigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL: Vladimir Bobylev, Jeremy Bracco, Adam Brooks, Matias Cleland, Rich Clune, Jean Dupuy, Martins Dzierkals, Alex Gudbranson, Cal Heeter, Sam Jardine, Jeff King, Nikita Korostelev, Max Novak, J.J. Piccinich, Kristian Pospisil, Joshua Winquist and Nolan Valleau.
Most of the cuts were to be expected, although, some people were surprised to see Bracco and Brooks on the list. Then again, with so much talent on this young team, that makes it that much harder to crack the roster.
The Leafs have a busy preseason schedule in the next two weeks, beginning with back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 18 and 19.
Judging by all the buzz on social media, Leafs Nation is pumped to see the boys in blue back on the ice!