From the Toronto Marlies:
The Toronto Marlies announced Thursday, the teamâ€™s 2012-13 opening day roster. The Marlies, who will begin their eighth season on Saturday, open with 24 skaters and three goaltenders.
Torontoâ€™s 2012-13 roster consists of goaltenders Mark Owuya, Jussi Rynnas and Ben Scrivens; defencemen Jesse Blacker, Mark Fraser, Jake Gardiner, Simon Gysbers, Korbinian Holzer, Mike Kostka, Paul Ranger and Dylan Yeo; and forwards Spencer Abbott, Will Acton, Carter Ashton, Keith Aucoin, Joe Colborne, Jerry Dâ€™Amigo, Nicolas Deschamps, Jamie Devane, Ryan Hamilton, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Greg McKegg, Brad Ross, Kenny Ryan, Greg Scott, Mike Zigomanis.
The Marlies have also announced their broadcast schedule for the month of October:
Torontoâ€™s four home games are highlighted by two Rogers Sportsnet ONE broadcasts â€“ October 13 against Rochester and October 20 against Hamilton. Leafs TV will air live coverage of the other two Marlies home games in October â€“ October 14 against Lake Erie and October 21 against Grand Rapids.
The Marlies play their season opener on Saturday, October 13 against the Rochester Americans, AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, at 5 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. For 2012-13 Marlies ticket information, including season ticket packages and group seats, visit marlies.ca or call the teamâ€™s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK. For the full 2012-13 schedule please visit marlies.ca.
The season opener against Rochester on Saturday will be broadcast on Sportsnet One with the crew of Joe Bowen, Greg Millen and Paul Hendrick calling the game. If there’s a silver lining to be gleaned on the night the Leafs were supposed to open at home against the Habs, the Marlies are it.
Mark Zwolinski Â has a list of likely line combos (at least at forward) for tomorrow:
Carter Ashton/Keith Aucoin/Nazem Kadri
Greg McKegg/Mike Zigomanis/Ryan Hamilton
Nicolas Deschamps/Joe Colborne/Leo Komarov
Jerry Dâ€™Amigo/Will Acton/Greg Scott
Extras: Brad Ross/Kenny Ryan/Spencer Abbott
While it doesn’t feature established NHL talent like OKC’s roster, this is a very solid and deep lineup with a good balance of developing youth and veteran presence. The mix of grit and skill throughout is similarly balanced and Eakins should be able to roll four lines to great effect.