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Everything you need to know about the Maple Leafs development camp

It’s finally here! The Toronto Maple Leafs development camp is set to begin on Sunday and run through next Friday, and the team has announced the roster after much anticipation.

For starters, the Leafs are holding camp a week after nearly every other team has opened them up to inviting just about any undrafted prospect they want, which we’ll get to in a second. First, here are all of the Leafs affiliated prospects attending camp:

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Player Acquired
Luke Cavallin AHL contract
Orrin Centazzo AHL contract
Max Ellis UDFA NHL signing
John Fusco 2020 7th round pick
Matt Knies 2021 2nd round pick
Dennis Hildeby 2022 4th round pick
Braeden Kressler UDFA NHL signing
Mikey Koster 2019 5th round pick
Brandon Lisowsky 2022 7th round pick
Veeti Miettinen 2020 6th round pick
Joe Miller 2020 6th round pick
Tommy Miller AHL contract
Fraser Minten 2022 2nd round pick
Nick Moldenhauer 2022 3rd round pick
Keith Petruzzelli AHL contract
Marshall Rifai AHL contract
Axel Rindell 2020 6th round pick
Wyatt Schingoethe 2020 7th round pick
Graham Slaggert AHL contract
Ryan Tverberg 2020 7th round pick
William Villeneuve 2020 4th round pick
Ty Voit 2021 5th round pick

The following are invites out of the CHL, meaning the Maple Leafs can sign them to an entry-level contract if they are impressed by what they see at camp, something they did last year for Braeden Kressler:

Player Team
First Year Draft Eligible
Sam Alfano Peterborough 2022
Rayan Bettahar Swift Current 2022
Marco Costantini Hamilton 2020
Pano Fimis Niagara 2022
Avery Hayes Hamilton 2021
Beau Jelsma Barrie 2022
Kasper Larsen Mississauga 2021
Sean McGurn London 2020
Marcus Nguyen Portland 2022
Michael Renwick Windsor 2020
Grayden Siepmann Calgary 2022
Noah Van Vliet Hamilton 2022
Mathew Ward Swift Current 2022

The rest of the invites are players bound for the NCAA, meaning if they were to sign, they would have to forego their collegiate eligibility. It is very rare to see these players sign in camp, although Trevor Moore was an example a few years back:

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Player 2021-22 Team
First Year Draft Eligible
Mathieu De St. Phalle Wisconsin (NCAA) 2018
Tyler Duke USNTDP 2022
Rastislav Elias Green Bay (USHL) 2022
Dylan Jackson Northeastern (NCAA) 2019
Ty Jackson Northeastern (NCAA) 2019
Ryan McAllister Brooks (AJHL) 2020
Duncan Ramsay Kimball Academy (USHS) 2022
T.J. Semptimphelter Northeastern (NCAA) 2020
Jeremy Wilmer Tri-City (USHL) 2021

The only European-based prospect attending the development camp is Dennis Hildeby, interesting given Roni Hirvonen, Topi Niemela, and Artur Akhtyamov have all been in Toronto over the past month.

Additionally, the following players are not attending development camp despite fitting the age range:

  • Mikhail Abramov
  • Nick Abruzzese
  • Ryan Chyzowski
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
  • Curtis Douglas
  • Pavel Gogolev
  • Pontus Holmberg
  • Mikko Kokkonen
  • Filip Kral
  • Dmitry Ovchinnikov
  • Nick Robertson
  • Alex Steeves
  • Keenan Suthers
  • Nolan Walker

Overall, this development camp is an interesting mix of owned prospects in junior/college or just about to begin their professional career and invites with intriguing value that could be signed. No full-time Marlies are at camp, a bit of a difference from some past camps.

I’ll have lots of development camp coverage over the next week, be sure to stay tuned.

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