Leafs Cut Ten Players From Camp

Dave Nonis and Co. completed a little bit of house cleaning earlier today, cutting ten players from Leafs camp as the team prepares for a busy week of preseason action. 

Most notably, Matt Finn has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies, while Carter Verhaeghe is returning to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL and recently signed Cody Donaghey is on his way back to the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. 

Finn was always going to start his pro career in the AHL, but it’s still a little surprising to see the Leafs’ second best prospect (according to us) not even get one preseason game under his belt before leaving for Ricoh.

Recent AHL signings Brett Findlay and Patrick Watling have also been returned to the Marlies, along with camp invites Stefan Della Rovere, Spencer Machacek, and Francis Wathier.

The Rupert twins, for the time being at least, will be split up. Ryan is heading to the Marlies as well, while Matt is on his way back to the OHL’s London Knights. 

  • giproc

    I was surprised you had Finn @ #2. Very talented player but he’s years away. Finn has plenty of young Dmen ahead of him at this stage including current Leafs like Reilly, Gardiner who probably won’t be going anywhere for many years, plus Holzer, Percy, Granberg, Loov and Nilsson… not to mention a couple more in junior who have recently signed their ELCs and will be biting on Finn’s heels within the next 2 years on the Marlies.

    • Rielly and Gardiner were ineligible for our Prospects Feature, as they are full time and experienced NHLers.

      Holzer, Percy, Granberg, Loov and Nilsson might all be ahead of him on the depth chart, but we at TLN felt that Finn has a higher upside than all of them.

  • giproc

    Finn really looked sluggish during rookie camp. I was not impressed with his mobility. Gonna be tough to make the next step these days if skating isn’t a strong point.