Player News - Maple Leafs

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William Nylander has looked good on a line with Phil Kessel.

Maple Leafs assistant coach Peter Horachek thinks they "could be an exciting duo." If Nylander actually plays with Kessel in the regular season, then he'll be worth picking up in standard leagues, but that's far from guaranteed. For now, it's best to just keep an eye on this situation.
Sep 21 - 2:47 PM

Maple Leafs first round pick William Nylander received praise from his teammates after the team’s first scrimmage on Saturday.

"You can see he has the quick hands and he’s a great skater," said Leafs forward Nazem Kadri. "If he brings that package to the NHL level he’ll be a dynamic player." The 18-year-old has been playing on a line with Phil Kessel and Petri Kontiola. With the Leafs looking to get younger and more skilled at the forward position, Nylander may have a real shot at making the team.
Sep 21 - 9:41 AM

Colton Orr showed some offensive touch as he scored a goal and an assist in the Leafs opening scrimmage on Saturday.

"It’s going to be a long camp and today’s a good start," said Orr. "I’m just trying to make a good first impression (for new management and assistant coaches. I’ve always been in an uphill battle to keep a spot. This will be the same thing, work hard and show that I can play." Despite his offensive "outburst" in the scrimmage, Orr is known more for dropping the gloves than he is for his skill. Unless your fantasy league gives you points for penalty minutes, you can safely ignore Orr on draft day.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 21 - 9:31 AM

Morgan Rielly intends to shoot more this season.

He recorded two goals on 96 shots during his rookie campaign, while admitting that elected to pass more than he should have. "I spent some time this off-season working on my shot," said Rielly. "When I get a chance to shoot it, I might do that a bit more often than I did last year." The sophomore defender should make positive strides in 2014-15.
Sep 20 - 5:13 PM

David Clarkson has a lower-body injury is considered day-to-day.

It isn't expected to be a long-term issue, but it resulted in him missing practice with his teammates on Saturday. He skated in full equipment on his own, though.
Sep 20 - 1:53 PM

Tyler Bozak's undisclosed ailment is a lower-body injury.

It's unclear when he'll be ready to go, but he isn't expected to be sidelined for long-term basis. Bozak was able to skate in full equipment on Saturday.
Sep 20 - 1:51 PM

James van Riemsdyk started camp skating alongisde Nazem Kadri and Matt Frattin.

It is early in camp, but this may be a glimpse of what Toronto coach Randy Carlyle may be thinking when it comes to line configuration. That would leave Joffrey Lupul free to rejoin the top line alongside Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak. Stay tuned.
Sep 20 - 12:23 PM

Stephane Robidas was on the ice Saturday but was still skating on his own.

He is still recovering from a broken leg and may not be ready for the start of the season. That said, we should see Robidas participating in team drills soon and if he does miss the first few games of the season he should be back in action soon thereafter. Look for Robidas to be paired with Jake Gardiner once he returns to action.
Sep 20 - 12:18 PM

The Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Cody Donaghey to a three-year entry level contract.

The 18-year-old rearguard played with Quebec of the QMJHL where he registered 38 points in 67 regular season games last season. That was good to lead all defenseman on the Remparts in scoring. We don't expect the 6-1, 185-pound blueliner to make an impact this season.
Sep 20 - 12:10 PM

Tyler Bozak has an undisclosed injury.

Bozak is day-to-day as a result. He was limited to 58 games in 2013-14 due to a strained oblique muscle and hamstring injury.
Sep 19 - 2:02 PM

David Clarkson is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

The Maple Leafs haven't offered much in the way of information, except to say that Clarkson's status is day-to-day. Although it's just the start of training camp, we're less than thrilled to see Clarkson already on the sidelines after the disastrous 2013-14 campaign he had.
Sep 19 - 1:59 PM

Mike Santorelli is projected to be paired with David Booth at training camp.

Coach Randy Carlyle is likely to place some new Leafs forwards with linemates who they are familiar with, so the former Canucks could end up as a tandem. Finns Petri Kontiola and Leo Komarov could form another duo. "There are things that are available to us," said Carlyle. "Are we going to be able to create three balanced scoring lines? Are we going to be able to create a fourth line that's going to have more energy and is going to be able to kill penalties on a regular basis? That's our mindset." The Leafs will have plenty of competition at camp for bottom-six forward roles.
Sep 19 - 8:55 AM

Dion Phaneuf admitted Thursday that he didn't play the way he needed to.

"The bottom line is, I had to be better," said the Toronto captain. "I take full responsibility for that. Whether it's wearing down or too many minutes early, that's excuses. The bottom line is, I didn't play well enough in the last 20 games and I was disappointed in that ... I felt I could have played better for our team." He may move to the left side this season, which could help him in his own end. Phaneuf has good value in fantasy hockey for his ability to post points and penalty minutes from the back end.
Sep 19 - 8:50 AM

Stephane Robidas (leg) expects to participate in drills during training camp.

He's hoping to play in a couple of preseason games and be ready for the start of the year in October. Robidas is still recovering from two separate leg fractures, but he's been skating since the end of June and said he felt "great" earlier this month.
Sep 18 - 11:52 AM

Spencer Machacek will attend Toronto's training camp.

He has suited up in 25 NHL contests in his career, so he could be playing for an AHL deal. Machacek played 56 games split between minor-league teams Springfield and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.
Sep 17 - 4:58 PM

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