Leafs Cut 16 Players From Main Camp

The Toronto Maple Leafs started their training camp with a huge amount of players, so it’s not surprising to see the team cut a large number of players early on. From MapleLeafs.com, Toronto has reassigned 16 players to their respective junior and minor league clubs.

Heading to the Marlies camp, it’ll be forwards Erik Faille, T.J. Foster, Justin Johnson, Jack Rodewald, Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert, Nikolai Skladnichenko, and Brady Vail as well as defenders Justin Holl and Max Nicastro.

Returning to their junior teams will be Stephen Desrocher (Oshawa, OHL), Cody Donaghey (Halifax, QMJHL), and Martins Dzierkals (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL). 

Aiden Jamieson (London, OHL), Michael Joly (Rimouski, QMJHL), and Lucas Peressini (Kingston, OHL) were also returned to their junior clubs, likely ending their chances of receiving a contract from the Leafs this season.

Nothing here is exactly shocking, as everyone heading back to Marlies camp will likely find themselves playing minimal roles in the AHL, and more likely spending the season with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. Desrocher, Donaghey and Dzierkals – all property of the Leafs – are depth prospects in the organization and were extreme long shots to make the team this year.

    • giproc

      Not sure about Michelle, but her brother did a fine job and was noticeable every shift both at the tourney in London and in Halifax. 🙂

      Plenty of speed and jam, but I suspect Joly’s problem may be lack of finish. Reminds me a little of a younger Frattin. All over the ice, first in the corners, but it didn’t translate to enough goals at NHL level. Carter Ashton was another.

  • Gary Empey

    So far only one of “TLN’s Top 20 Leafs Prospects: The Final List” has been sent down.– #16 – Martins Dzierkals

    #15 – Carter Verhaeghe is now with the New York Islanders.

    #5 – Jeremy Bracco is at Boston College training camp. Their first game is Oct. 3 / 2015

    #7 – Andreas Johnson is playing for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League . He has two assists in the first two games this season.

    • SEER

      Dzierkals is only 18.. and has yet to play “any” games on a North American team (other than the prospect tournie).. so that is not a surprise, for me..

      Gonna miss Verhaeghe.., but some good players had to be involved in that deal..

      Bracco just turned 18 this past March.., so he will probably need a year or two of college hockey, first…

      Johnson is going to be a point-maker for us, in the future.. He steps his game up every season… and might easily skip the Mariles next season and make the big club.., if he keeps up the current pace..