Player News - Maple Leafs

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Tyler Bozak has been impressed with rookie Auston Matthews.

"I don’t think anyone would mind playing with him," Bozak said. "What I’ve seen of him so far is very impressive. You’d never think he’s as young as he is. He looks composed out there. He’s fast, he’s big. He’s winning a lot of battles in the corners against big guys, which is really impressive. He just looks really calm and poised and confident, that’s hard to find in young guys." Matthews should get every opportunity to produce strong offensive numbers right off the bat on a young Toronto team. He enters the year as the Calder Trophy favorite (slightly ahead of Winnipeg's Patrik Laine).
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 24 - 11:52 AM

Nikita Soshnikov is dealing with a lower-body injury.

Soshnikov was on the ice on Friday, but didn't take any contact. He had two goals and five points in 11 contests in 2015-16.
Sep 23 - 1:21 PM

Frederik Andersen (upper body) is on track to be ready for the start of the season.

"He's progressing," GM Lou Lamoriello said. "We're certainly not going to rush anything. Until he's ready, we're not going to have any comment. He is progressing. He has had no setbacks." Andersen was hurt during an Olympic qualifying game for Denmark.
Sep 23 - 9:05 AM

Milan Michalek scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 win over Team USA.

The game was meaningless for both sides, but at least the Czechs can go out on a high note. Michalek's brother, Zbynek, opened the scoring in the first period, while Milan gave the Czechs 2-1 and 4-2 leads in the second period. Milan finished the tournament with three points in three games.
Sep 22 - 11:08 PM

After Finland's 3-0 loss to Russia at the World Cup, Leo Komarov told reporters he was probably done playing for his country.

Obviously, emotions are running high after Finland's disappointing performance at the World Cup (they went 0-3 and scored just one goal), so it's hard to tell if Komarov is serious. The Leafs forward has also represented Finland in 57 games at the World Championships, six games at the Olympics and 13 contests at the World Juniors.
Source: The Score
Sep 22 - 9:04 PM

Joffrey Lupul began training camp on the injured reserve list.

Lupul underwent sports hernia surgery in February and hasn't played since. "It is with deep regret that I will be unable to attend training camp and start the season with the Leafs due to injury," Lupul said. "I pledge to work hard with a view to return to playing this season. Hockey is the only life I have known. This is an extremely emotional time for me. Accordingly, I will not be making any further comment at this time." Lupul rehabbed over the summer, but has experienced discomfort while skating. The decision for him to start on the injured reserve was made after he went through the team's physical. It's not clear how long he'll be out for.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 12:13 PM

It is believed that Joffrey Lupul has been deemed unfit to play by Maple Leafs doctors and will be placed on the injured reserve list to start the season.

Lupul will reportedly address the media on Thursday after Toronto's training camp roster is released and we should get an official word on his status. He has missed a total of 124 games over the last five seasons due to a plethora of injuries.
Source: TSN.ca
Sep 22 - 8:33 AM

Nikita Zaitsev is confident that he will be a member of the Maple Leafs after training camp.

"Of course," Zaitsev said. "It's why I'm here." There's a chance that he could open the regular season on the top pairing with Morgan Rielly. Zaitsev has played well at the World Cup of Hockey, while skating on the top defense duo for Russia with Dmitry Orlov.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 21 - 11:11 AM

Morgan Rielly stepped up for Team North America with Aaron Ekblad missing from the lineup on Monday night.

Rielly logged a team-high 23:07 of ice time and he scored a goal in North America's 4-3 loss to Russia. He also had a team-high seven shots on goal. Ekblad will miss the rest of the tournament due to an upper-body injury, so coach Todd McLellan will continue to lean on the Maple Leafs defender. "He's arguably been one of our best," said McLellan of Rielly. "I think he has the ability to play both sides of the puck. Offensively, he's been tremendous. He's defended well and been able to take huge minutes on. I had a high appreciation personally for how he played the game, but it's gone way up now that you're around him consistently day in and day out."
Sep 21 - 10:59 AM

Auston Matthews, the Maple Leafs' first overall draft choice and highly touted prospect, scored the opening goal for Team North America Monday night in a 4-3 loss to Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey tournament.

Matthews took a pass from linemate Connor McDavid and scored to give North America a 1-0 lead at 5:14 of the first period. It was his first goal at the Air Canada Centre. He had his first point in his future home rink Sunday night in North America's 4-1 win over Finland. Also scoring a goal Monday night was Matthews' future Toronto teammate, defenseman Morgan Rielly. He made it 4-2 with a wrist shot at 17:56 of the second period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins cut Russia's lead to 4-3 at 4:03 of the third period but North America could not get closer. Nugent-Hopkins also assisted on Rielly's goal.
Sep 19 - 11:40 PM

Auston Matthews picked up an assist in Team North America's 4-1 victory over Finland on Sunday night at the World Cup of Hockey.

His helper came on a goal by Jack Eichel to open the scoring just 5:03 into the first period. Matthews was playing his first game at the Air Canada Centre after he was selected first overall by Toronto at the 2016 NHL Draft. He skated on a line with Connor McDavid and Mark Scheifele, while proving that he is more than capable of playing at the NHL level. Matthews tied for the team lead with five shots and logged just over 14 minutes of ice time.
Sep 19 - 3:17 PM

Stephane Robidas has taken a job as a consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Robidas is still under contract to the Maple Leafs as a player, but he's been unable to return to the ice since suffering a significant knee injury last year. Robidas will be doing some work during this weekend's rookie tournament and he'll also keep a close eye on the Toronto Marlies (AHL) and the NCAA.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 17 - 3:07 PM

Auston Matthews has already impressed Team North America coach Todd McLellan.

"There's a lot of characteristics that I used with an individual last year in Edmonton," McLellan said in a reference to Connor McDavid, who he also coaches for the Oilers. "They're different players but the wow factor, maturity, size, strength and poise with the puck, ability to pick up concepts really quick and the lack of intimidation. ... He's done a really good job and the Leafs will have a very good player for many, many years." He has been skating with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nathan MacKinnon during the team's practices.
Sep 8 - 9:42 AM

Nazem Kadri doesn't mind that the spotlight in Toronto will be focused on the team's top prospects.

"I don't mind flying under the radar sometimes," Kadri said. "But at the same time, guys are expected to do a lot — maybe a little more this year than last year. But I think those guys know who they are and they're ready to take responsibility and take action." He wants to play a leadership role on the team this year and has worked hard during the off-season to prepare for the upcoming campaign.
Sep 6 - 4:45 PM

Frederik Andersen will be sidelined for three-to-four weeks with an upper-body injury.

He won't be able to participate in the World Cup for Team Europe as a result of the injury, but if that timetable is accurate then he should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Sep 5 - 1:36 PM


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