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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: September 4, 2014

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James Onusko of Bleacher Report counts down the top five Toronto Maple Leafs roster battles to watch as training camp approaches. Included is the huge cluster of forwards battling for second- and third-line spots, who gets first-pairing minutes with Dion Phaneuf and, of course, the battle between Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak for first-line centre.

A big factor that will influence who gets to play with Phaneuf will be whether or not he switches to the left side. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain shoots left but prefers the right side, which makes things interesting with a glut of right-shooters on the Leafs’ blue line. Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star has the story.

22-year-old Toronto Marlies centre Greg McKegg is the next player up in Pension Plan Puppets’ Top 25 Under 25 countdown. The 13th-ranked Toronto Maple Leafs prospect has established himself as a very useful American Hockey League top-six pivot, but he faces an uphill battle to find a spot on the big club. Clrkaitken has the write-up.

If you can’t get enough of McKegg, Dom Luszczyszyn of The LeafsNation has a little more detailed breakdown of his journey as a prospect as he takes the number-11 spot in TLN’s Top 20 Leafs prospects. If he can continue to show above-average puck skills, he should put up pretty good numbers in the AHL and hopefully earn himself a call-up this season.

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