Leo Komarov is expected to fly in from Russia and will participate in the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp when it gets underway. Komarov had been playing with the Toronto Marlies earlier this year with aspirations of making the NHL, but when it became evident the lockout was going to drag on much longer than anticipated, he decided to return to Europe and play in the KHL.
The Leaf prospect was taken in the sixth round of the 2006 NHL Draft, but other than a brief stint with the Marlies earlier this season, he has mainly played with Moscow Dynamo of the KHL. Komarov figures to put up a strong fight to earn a spot with the Maple Leafs in 2013. While with the Marlies he was a plus-7 and proved to be a solid two-way player, so a position on the Leafs’ checking line is a realistic possibility.
Komarov had six goals and nine points in 14 games with the Marlies before deciding to head back overseas. Once he arrived with Moscow Dynamo he had ten points in 13 games to go along with 42 PIM.
If Komarov doesn’t crack the squad he could go back to the KHL, or decide to stick with the Marlies in hopes of being called up. The Marlies would surely welcome his return as they figure to lose several players to the Leafs by the time the NHL season kicks off.