The Toronto Maple Leafs will play their first game of the relaunched NHL season Sunday, August 2nd against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In conjunction with the Return to Play agreement that was officially signed on Friday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs released their training camp roster today.
As per league agreement, the roster includes 31 players.
As you could expect from the Leafs, there are a couple of surprises.
Toronto Maple Leafs Announce Roster
Here is your Toronto Maple Leafs 31 player roster.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that defenseman Mac Hollowell will be around to potentially suit up and make his NHL debut.
The 21 year old 2018 fourth rounder played 19 games for the ECLH Newfoundland Growlers this season, as well as 34 games for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Should he actually suit up in an NHL game, it will be remarkable three leagues in one season accomplishment.
The list also confirms that health of Ilya Mikheyev, although pretty much everyone expected him to return this summer. This is kind of an interesting situation because had the season originally concluded as scheduled, Mikheyev would have likely missed the entire playoffs.
As you most likely recall, a skate cut the Leafs rookie KHL signing to the bone on his arm, injuring tendons and ruining what was an unexpectedly excellent rookie season.
Mikheyev was so good that he almost certainly priced himself out of the Leafs ability to afford him, and so his injury meant that he’d probably played his last game as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
While the Leafs lineup is mostly set, the nature of the upcoming games suggests that we are probably likely to see a lot of the extra players the Leafs have included.
Beyond the normal and expected roster, Kenny Agostino is present, as well as Adam Brooks, Tyler Gaudet, Egor Korshkov, and Nick Robertsson.
Auston Matthes is listed, though I don’t know if this confirms that he is healthy enough to play. So far the team has not updated the fans on his status.
On defense, in addition to the aforementioned Hollowell, the Toronto Maple Leafs have also included Teemu Kivihalme, Calle Rosen and Timothy Liljegren.
In goal, the Leafs have brought four players to camp. Obviously Andersen and Jack Campbell are present, but they have also invited Kasmir Kaskisuo and Joseph Woll.
All in all, it’s a pretty impressive roster, and it’s just exciting to be able to report on actual developments with the team again.
Camp is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.