Leafs cut roster to 35: Blacker, Biggs assigned to Marlies

Leafs cut roster to 35: Blacker, Biggs assigned to Marlies

Jesse Blacker and Tyler Biggs will join Marlies training camp after getting released from the Leafs training camp roster today.

Tyler Biggs looked like a non-factor in his preseason game, but Jesse Blacker was pretty good in the preseason opener and I’m a little surprised he isn’t going to get another game. Among those on the outside looking in and vying for a spot on the blue line, Korbinian Holzer, Andrew MacWilliam and TJ Brennan remain with the team. Stuart Percy has not yet appeared in a preseason game but also remains on the training camp roster for the time being. He received plaudits from fans and management alike for being one of the best defencemen in the rookie tournament.

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From yesterday:

14 players have been reassigned to the Marlies or their respective junior teams today.

One of the more interesting names among them is defenceman Petter Granberg, who I thought struggled in the rookie tournament and didn’t get much better in his preseason appearances. He was hoping to stick around deeper into preseason than he has, but the need for an adjustment period in his overseas transition became immediately obvious. More than anything, he seemed unsure of himself out there; a little behind the pace and often off the mark with his first pass (which came advertised as a strength). This shouldn’t be anything to be alarmed about with a 21-year-old defenceman getting his first taste of pro hockey in North America, but there was some hype about Granberg coming right in and grabbing a spot on the team this training camp.

Jerry D’Amigo was hoping to stick around longer, as well, and is perhaps the most disappointing among the cuts. He didn’t make much of an impact last night, and I think Mason Raymond, Carter Ashton and Trevor Smith all showed more among the bubble forwards. This appears to have been the case in the training camp sessions as well. I don’t think fans were unreasonable to expect a little more from D’Amigo in camp given his age and development time logged with the Marlies. Based on reviews out of camp, Ashton seemed to make the bigger impact since day 1.

Among the others returning to the Marlies, I thought Josh Leivo and Brad Ross both had solid camps with positives to take forward.

The Leafs are also extending the stay of the unsigned Zachary Yuen, the 20-year-old defenceman and former 2nd round pick of the Winnipeg Jets, by sending him to the Marlies camp. He turned some heads in rookie camp and appears to be receiving consideration for a Marlies contract for the upcoming season.

All told, here are the 14 cuts:

Forwards Sam Carrick, Andrew Crescenzi, Jerry D’Amigo, Josh Leivo, Greg McKegg and Brad Ross, defencemen Petter Granberg, Dylan Yeo and Zachary Yuen, and goaltenders Christopher Gibson and Garret Sparks have all been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Forwards Frederik Gauthier (Rimouski – QMJHL) and Ryan Rupert (London – OHL), as well as defenceman Kevin Raine (Sudbury – OHL) have been reassigned to their respective junior clubs.

The Leafs have kept some of their big-bodied forwards around to play on their 4th line in the next few preseason games, with Tyler Biggs, Troy Bodie, Jamie Devane and David Broll all remaining on the training camp roster for the time being. I don’t think this should be taken as a sign that all of these players have outshone a player like D’Amigo in the eyes of Leafs brass necessarily (though I think Broll has been good). It’s probably more to do with the fact that there are three preseason games in four days this weekend, there are always fights, and Carlyle wants a big, pugilistic 4th line available to him each night. Frazer McLaren is hurt and Colton Orr won’t make many appearances. Speaking of which, McLaren’s broken finger may open the door for an additional bubble forward to start the regular season.

Maple Leafs Training Camp Roster 2013

Latest Cuts: Stuart Percy, Andrew MacWilliam reassigned to Marlies.
#
Player
Pos.
#
Player
Pos.
* Indicates rookie tournament attendee
31Garret Sparks*G35Drew MacIntyreG
34James ReimerG45Jonathan BernierG
72Antoine Bibeau*G82Christopher Gibson* G
2Mark FraserD8Petter Granberg*D
3Dion PhaneufD12Mason RaymondF
11Jay McClementF21James van RiemsdykF
15Paul RangerD22Joe ColborneF
26John-Michael LilesD23Trevor SmithF
32Josh Leivo*F25T.J. BrennanD
37Carter AshtonF29Jerry D'AmigoF
38Frazer McLarenF36Carl GunnarssonD
39Greg McKegg*F44Morgan Rielly*D
40Troy BodieF47Tyler Biggs*F
41Nikolai KuleminF51Jake GardinerD
42Tyler BozakF52Sam CarrickF
43Nazem KadriF55Korbinian HolzerD
46David Broll*F56Spencer AbbottF
48Brad Ross*F57Andrew MacWilliam*D
49Jesse BlackerD58Andrew CrescenziF
50Stuart Percy*D59Jamie Devane*F
54Frederik Gauthier*F61Dylan YeoD
60Kevin MarshallD63David BollandF
68Zachary YuenD67Kevin Raine*D
69Trevor Murphy* D78Connor Brown*F
71David ClarksonF79Ryan Rupert*F
81Phil KesselF86Matt RupertF
92Carter Verhaeghe* F94Fabrice HerzogF
Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. You can contact him at [email protected]
612 comments
CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

I see Luongo let in 4 goals in first 12 mins of pre-season... Ouch.. Torts will be on fire

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

Hey guys! Anyone tell me when the next pre-season Leafs game is on and who its against? I thought i heard thursday vs. ottawa?

Conis
Conis

Need to vent frustration again... my favorite site on the net, but its awful on mobile


thank you...go leafs go!

mcloki
mcloki

Ios7 is the software update to iphonesand iPads that came out today. It'll be a Livefyre fix.

mcloki
mcloki

Ios7 update breaks Livefyre on the tablets. Can't reply.

happy_gilmour
happy_gilmour

anyone follow 'hockey rumours & trades' on facebook? rhe say leafs and franson agree on $3million a year but Franson wants 1 year and leafs want 2... leafs woukd do 1 year at $2million...

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

Fuck it!!  I'm turning out the lights (except for my fishtank) and throwing on X-Files.

**puff**puff**puff**

Luke_R
Luke_R

i asked this earlier but no response, is there a fantasy league here with spots open???

ingy56
ingy56

Quite the moon out there tonight...gonna be a frosty one.

Loric76
Loric76

@CanuckUKinToronto and we traded for Bernier when we could have had this guy for twice as much?  wtf were we thinking?

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Dangle_My_Berries Sweet, get a chance to see it up close. I like the vitruvian Optimus Prime on the side and the skyline. Nice touches.

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@rustynail 

Very good article on MacW.  I've been somewhat impressed with this kid thus far.  No room for him on the big club at the moment but I suspect he's moved to the top of the call-up card.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@wiski Just to stir up some shit......30 goals this year, you heard it here first last week.  You may pile one in 3,2,1, GO!

whalz
whalz

well said...i believe a certain someone should check before making ridiculous comments...:)

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@lukethenuke I have a spot in 2 leagues I am considering giving up. I don't think I'm going to have  a whole lot of time to look after it and be competitive.  

JVR and Doorman are the guys to talk to though.

Conis
Conis

@Alec Brownscombe  

No Android...firefox and chrome

following conversation is impossible as it doesnt refresh well and the comments get grouped.  Was much easier when the new comments popped up at the top.

I'd pay for an app ;) just sayin!

GeorgeCastanza
GeorgeCastanza

@theacs1966 @wiski no need to pile on. You're free to make predictions.  Just come back and admit you were wrong like a man if it doesn't happen though.

whalz
whalz

14 according to DB.

9-3 record

1.88 gaa

.922 sp

1 shutout

he must be shit and played against weak teams, and was lucky to play infront of a strong defensive corps...lol

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@wiski @MaxwellHowe @Komas Taberle Seriously though, I see why Carlyle is keeping the enforcers at Leafs camp.  Goalie getting run there, Kessel being f!cked with against the Flyers.  A few fights is one thing, but that type of dirt at an exhibition game is unacceptable.  The Sens and the Flyers and everyone else need to be put on notice from the get go.