Leafs Make First Wave of Roster Moves

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With the London Rookie Tournament now a thing of the past, it’s about time for the Toronto Maple Leafs to decide the fates of their rookie class. The team took the first step towards that today, making its initial wave of roster moves.

Seven players have been released to join their junior teams. Up front, Bradley Latour will return to the Oshawa Generals head to the Windsor Spitfires, Scott Eansor goes to the Seattle Thunderbirds, 2014 4th round pick J.J. Piccinich will join the London Knights, and 2015 7th round selection Nikita Korostelev was returned to the Sarnia Sting.

On defence, Cameron Lizotte heads to the Peterborough Petes. Brendan Miller is listed as going “back to junior” in the release, but at his age and with an AHL contract in place, this is probably an error and I’d expect him on the Marlies. Justin Nichols will return to the Guelph Storm.

Four invited prospects managed to impress enough to get a chance at the main camp including 20-year-old RW Michael Joly, 20-year-old D Nikolas Brouillard, 19-year-old Aiden Jamieson, and 20-year-old Lucas Peressini. While none will make it to the Leafs, it gives the organization some time to decide whether they’d like to sign them to Entry Level Contracts or AHL/ECHL deals.

Many players that are a part of the organization will continue to play in main camp, including William Nylander, Mich Marner, Kasperi Kapanen, Frederik Gauthier, Martins Dzierkals, Nikita Soshnikov, Dmytro Timashov, Carter Verhaeghe, Travis Dermott, Stephen Desrocher, Cody Donaghey, Matt Finn, Andrew Nielsen, and Rinat Valiev. Garret Sparks, who wasn’t originally placed on the tournament roster but played in last night’s win against the Penguins, was not mentioned in the press release but will also join the Leafs at main camp.

Marlies signings Nikolai Skladnichenko, TJ Foster, Jack Rodewald, and Brady Vail round out the list of surviving players. Training camp opens with medicals and photo ops on September 17th at Mastercard Centre.

  • V

    Does anyone know who is the backup goalie in the echl?
    If we have four guys already, I say perisinni doesn’t make it.
    However, if a backup job in the echl is available, I wouldn’t mind giving him some time to develop and really see what he’s got.

      • SEER

        Maybe he will be (according to some of the stats., but he wasn’t their back-up last season)

        ROB MADORE
        2014-15 Milwaukee Admirals AHL / Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL
        (elite prospects site..and yes, I see his name listed for the 2014-15 Marlies, but their camp hasn’t even begun, yet.. Andreas Johnson’s name was also listed as being there.. and he’s not coming over until next season..)

        SOLAR BEARS ACQUIRE JOE HOWE FROM RAPID CITY – Feb. 26, 2015

        Orlando Solar Bears News
        –> http://orlandosolarbearshockey.com/news/022615-howe.php

        EDIT: Apologies Justin.. I missed this news from the Orlando site.. Only thing I saw earlier, was a source from PPP, but I don’t listen to anything they say… I like to see the news from the actual club.. Did a search on their site and nothing came up for him, but when I searched Google more closely, I found this..and you are right..

        ROB MADORE SIGNS AHL/ECHL DEAL WITH MARLIES – July 7, 2015
        —> http://orlandosolarbearshockey.com/news/070715-madore.php

    • SEER

      Joe Howe… He only played 3 games last season though, so I’m not sure if he will be staying with them, or not.. (1-1-1). Sparks was the main goalie there, last season.., but I don’t believe that Howe sis signed with the Marlies..

      Peresseni had better numbers than Nichols last season, but Nichols was better in the Rookie Tournie, imo… Sparks was better than both of them, though.., of course..

      GOLD-LEAF: 2015 TML ROOKIE TOURNAMENT HIGHLIGHTS

      (all Leafs Goals/ 2 major saves & Wendel’s opening game puck drop)

      —> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfhSVraB3to

  • magesticRAGE

    I figured Joly would make it, was in 2nd or 3rd in points for the Leafs. He’s a solid possession player, and the puck loves him. What I didn’t expect was his physical player, which is a plus. I’m predicting he’s a Solar Bear this season.

    Also, I think Rinat Valiev will be (is) the Marlies best defender. He’s a beast already, and Babcock hasn’t tuned him yet!

    • SEER

      I wouldn’t want either of them, for this season.. “just not ready” (yet).. LOL!

      If I was in Leafs management .., I would be trying to swing a deal with Tampa, for Vasilevskiy…, or I’d bring MacIntyre back in the system…, as vet. insurance..