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Leafs call up T.J. Brennan, Josh Leivo and David Broll from Marlies

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Randy Carlyle and Dave Nonis were apparently not too pleased with their team’s losing effort last night, and have opted to make some changes to the roster.

Last night’s game was Jamie Devane’s second of the season, while it was the first regular season appearance in a Leafs’ uniform for Trevor Smith. They both played on a fourth line that saw limited ice time, with Devane registering 4:51 and Smith accumulating 5:16.

Defenseman T.J. Brennan was named AHL player of the week after posting a jaw-dropping six points in only two games on the weekend. He picked up his first career hat trick in a 4-3 win over Grand Rapids on Saturday. Before we begin speculating on which d-man is the odd-man out with Brennan being called up, it’s important to keep this is mind:

(By the way, if you’re not following James Mirtle on Twitter by now, why do you even have a Twitter account?)

With that being said, it’ll be interesting to see if Carlyle puts Brennan in the lineup for tomorrow night’s game in Nashville. Paul Ranger has struggled at times keeping up with the pace of the NHL. Brennan brings good skating ability and a pretty wicked shot from the blue line.

Josh Leivo and David Broll picked up an assist and two assists respectively in Saturday’s Marlies game, but both were held scoreless in the 5-1 win against Lake Erie the following day. Leivo is an intriguing player as he’s only 20 years old, but clearly has ample offensive talent. Carlyle even called up Leivo back to the big club during the preseason after he had been demoted to the Marlies because he wanted to get another look at him. Leivo had three goals and one assist in three preseason games (although I’m not sure if he played in the preseason opener or not because there’s no box score available).

Broll isn’t seen as having the kind of offensive upside as Leivo, but can still bring value to the fourth line with his speed and grit. I see him as a smaller, faster version of Devane who can hopefully give that fourth line a little bit more oomph (the technical term). The 20-year-old saw six games of preseason action, posting one assist.

I didn’t see any problems with Smith or Devane’s play (probably because they hardly saw the ice last night), but I still like the idea of giving Leivo and Broll shots with the big club. Leivo has scoring ability, so hopefully he’ll see time alongside Nazem Kadri. This will probably mean Colton Orr will get demoted back to his usual spot on the fourth line, and Jay McClement will surely be back after sitting out the last game attending the birth of his child. That would leave Broll and Troy Bodie to battle it out for that last forward spot, at least until Frazer McLaren comes back from injury.

UPDATE:

Then there’s, uhhhh, this:

If Joffrey Lupul misses the game, look for Leivo to possibly jump into the top six.

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