Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #3 – Maple Leafs at Senators (7:30 p.m., TSN)

Preview and GDT: Preseason Game #3 – Maple Leafs at Senators (7:30 p.m., TSN)

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Based on the personnel on offer, preseason could become at least a little more interesting tonight.

Randy Carlyle will be icing a few line combinations of intrigue, including a potential “shut down line” combination of Dave Bolland, Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin. How Raymond fares on that unit will be a worthwhile talking point; this seems to be, based on the projected opening night lineup, the spot he is vying for. The line looks good on paper, with a nice balance of two-way acumen, speed, and some grit between Kulemin and Bolland. 

The other line of interest presents an opportunity for Joe Colborne to make an impression and prove he’s deserving of a lower roster spot to open the season. He will be playing between James van Riemsdyk and David Clarkson in what represents a potentially beastly cycle line. Playing alongside two other big bodies who are both effective down low, we’ll see if Colborne acquits himself well alongside two of the team’s top 6 forwards.

Nazem Kadri meanwhile will center Spencer Abbott and David Broll. Abbott must have done enough in camp and his firs preseason appearance for Leafs brass to reward him with another look, but it’s tough to foresee a spot he could even take. It’s likely the team is assessing a potential call-up option here. The undrafted Abbott, who was signed out of college, is a pretty skilled player so we’ll see if he can get anything done working alongside Kadri tonight. On the other flank is David Broll. With Frazer McLaren and his broken pinky cursing Carter Asthon from the press box, there is potentially a 4th line wing spot up for grabs come opening night. If he can prove he’s responsible out there and make smart decisions while bringing his physical edge, Broll has a shot. It doesn’t hurt his cause that his cap hit is below $600,000.

Rounding out the lines, Jay McClement will get his first taste of preseason action tonight playing in between Jamie Devane and Carter Ashton, who is looking to build on an impressive camp. As for Ashton’s prospects for making the team, whether or not Mason Raymond receives a contract beyond his PTO will impact his chances. If the Leafs end up giving Raymond a contract, Ashton would still have a shot at grabbing a 4th line wing spot (should McLaren be out) or the 13th forward slot; he’s in competition with Broll, but may be hindered by the million dollar hit he carries as a former 1st round draft pick on an entry level contract.

I’m, of course, assuming a cap crunch is imminent due to Franson re-signing sooner than later. That may be reaching at this stage.

Stuart Percy, arguably the team’s best defenceman in the rookie tournament, makes his preseason debut on the blueline, expected to play alongside the Captain. Can Percy put himself in the conversation alongside MacWilliam and Brennan for the 7th/8th spots in the depth chart?

Phaneuf and Gunnarsson will play their first competitive action of the season as well. As expected, Rielly will play his third consecutive preseason game as the brass thoroughly test the kid in the buildup to one of their most important preseason decisions: should he stay or should he go?

Between the pipes, Jonathan Bernier will reportedly play the first 40 minutes.

 

Maple Leafs Pre-Season Lines

Maple Leafs Pre-Season Lines vs Ottawa Senators
Forwards
JVRColborneClarkson
Raymond BollandKulemin
BrollKadriAbbott
AshtonMcClementDevane
Defense
RiellyRanger
PercyPhaneuf
MarshallGunnarsson
Goalies
Bernier
Gibson

Here’s what we know of Ottawa’s lineup:

Michalek-Spezza-Ryan
Greening-Zibanejad-Neil
Prince-Pageau-Petersson
Kassian-Grant-Schneider

Here’s the full lineup card for the Sens. Sounds like Craig Anderson will start. Overall, there are quite a few regulars featuring on both sides. Should be a good one.

1267 comments
ionsys
ionsys

$1,996 cap space 13F  7D now

-McClaren +Devane = $1,995 Cap Space

+Raymond @$925 - Smith = $1,620 Cap Space

- Fraser +MacWilliam = $1,808 Cap Space

-Holzer +  Percy and +Brennan = $979 Cap Space to start Season

within 2 weeks later, trade Liles +Colborne and take back $775 of Liles Salary---for picks/prospect ticketed for Marlies---Cap Space then $979 +$3,100 +$600 = $4,675

+Franson 2yr at $2,900 per... hour before Liles /Colborne goes public...Cap Space $1,775

+Ashton $1,040 = $735 Cap Space remaining   13F-8D


in effect trick is to open season without Franson to entice other teams to deal instead of waiting for waivers to scoop up cheap---then nergotiate best trade idea for Liles few days after that

Authentic_Leaf
Authentic_Leaf

Very happy with the result this evening considering Ottawa had more starters playing in this game (complete 1st line, goaltender playing 2 periods) than we did. I liked Bernier's composure in net, I liked Kadri's play & edge and also the play of Mason Raymond....I think he would be great on our 3rd line. I personally feel Ashton Carter does not fit this team yet, his play has not warranted him a spot on this team. I forgot to mention the great play of Ranger, he does so many things right. Go Leafs Go!

Wilbur
Wilbur

Good night all....till Saturday night.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Ranger played his off side tonight . Looked pretty good doing it too.

Wilbur
Wilbur

Just re-watching the game and focusing on Percy. Man, he had a solid game. Looked like a vet even when playing the weak side.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Bubble players who helped their cause tonight;

Raymond(best Leafs forward tonight)

Ashton

Reilly

Meh (didn't hurt/stand out) are for Broll, Percy and Colborne...seemed out of sorts

So nice to hear Go Leaf Go in the capital and sneak a win

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Enjoyable night MLHS. I'm out, have a good one.

B_Leaf
B_Leaf

Naz turned that game tonight.

Zep2
Zep2

Kadri certainly had a burr in his saddle tonite. He had the 2 biggest hits in the game. He's a miserable llitte pr@ck  to play against. Glad hes ours

Good nite folks



Lonsmos2
Lonsmos2

I was at the game thought ranger looked really solid as did Percy I think Reilly will be a super player great vision and instincts but not strong enough yet IMO

Maxi tyre was fantastic Dion looked average Raymond has to stay

Overall they started slow. It improved as the game went along.

MollySweats
MollySweats

Hopefully Naz just got a stinger in his hand but I didn't like the looks of how he barely stepped back on the ice before leaving again...hopefully just a preseason precaution...

rustynail
rustynail

never really too concerned about how the vets play in early preseason games

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Saw trainer talking to bernier when they showed him sitting on bench.  Never a good sign.

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@ionsys can see CGY doing a liles+colbourne type deal but idk if i would 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Wilbur Night Wilbur . I'm out as well . After midnight here 

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Zep2 You are right Zep, he is a nasty little bastard to play against and what skill.

Zep2
Zep2

@TheCanucksnaphook  It can't be that serious if it happened at practice this morning and he payed through 20 minutes. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

It's probably some training camp pull. They yank you pretty quick in these games even if its just a boo boo.

MollySweats
MollySweats

@Burtonboy Dammit...I wondered why he left after one period when he was scheduled to play 2...hopefully its nothing major and he's good to go for the start of the season...silver lining is that Macintyre looked really good

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Burtonboy Damn.......injury bug sucks. Would love to see this team with all the "regulars" healthy and ready to go right from the start

Zep2
Zep2

@Burtonboy Thank Christ we have another goaltender who isnt injury prone lol

Cameron19
Cameron19

@CanuckUKinToronto @Uncle Otis Meh, I thought Percy was jumpy out there tonight.  Making poor decisions when he was rushed.  Having said that, you only get better at that by playing against the high skill guys

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@Komas Taberle @Zep2 Yep...sure is....as much as we hate certain players on other teams, our opposition seems to hate Kadri more......and I love it!