The Toronto Maple Leafs announced a series of roster moves early this morning (September 30) as a way to set the team’s roster for the regular season.
Maple Leafs Waive Four NHL Depth Players
The following four players have been placed on waivers and, should they pass through those waivers, will be reassigned to the Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate Toronto Marlies. These players are 27-year-old left-winger Kenny Agostino, 24-year-old center Nic Petan, 27-year-old defenseman Kevin Gravel, and 28-year-old left-winger Garrett Wilson.
What’s interesting about all these players is that the have had NHL experience and certainly have NHL skills. There’s no doubt that one of Maple Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas’ plans is to stockpile depth players on the Marlies’ roster, just in case something happens and one of them is needed on an emergency call-up basis. The other upside is that the Marlies roster will be solid, with good entertainment. These are not bad players – simply depth players.
Egor Korshkov Moved to the Toronto Marlies
In a bit of surprise move, Egor Korshkov (who’s shown being interviewed in the lead photo on this post) has been assigned to the Marlies. The 2016 second-round pick showed well in the Maple Leafs’ training camp and looks to have strong NHL potential. I’m thinking the Maple Leafs simply want him to play more, both to get used to the smaller NHL ice surface and to hone his skills even more so he’ll soon be ready for a spot on the Maple Leafs. He looks solid.
Kalle Kossila, a 26-year-old center, and Mason Marchment, a 24-year-old left-winger, have been designated as injured, non-roster players. I have to admit that I don’t know Kossila’s body of work that well and didn’t hear or read too much about him during training camp. However, I do know Marchment and have become a Marchment fan. I believe the Maple Leafs have plans for him on the big roster. He plays a physical game.
Matt Read Signed to AHL Marlies’ Contract
Matt Read, who came to the Maple Leafs’ training camp without a lot of hope for a roster spot, had a solid training camp and although he was released from his Professional Tryout agreement he signed a one-year AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies. There’s a good chance he’ll be picked up by another NHL team. However, if he isn’t, Dubas let him know that he has a place in the Maple Leafs’ organization if nothing better turns up for him.
What’s Next for the Maple Leafs?
The Maple Leafs’ opening-day roster is set, as the club prepares for their opener against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday open their season on October 2 when the Ottawa Senators visit Scotiabank Arena.
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