For the first time in months, we have some Leafs lineup news to chew on. Well, kind of. On Sunday morning the team announced their roster for phase 3 of the NHL’s Return to Play:
Off to summer camp.
Phase 3 Return to Play roster announced. #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/GncCslBpO6
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 12, 2020
The roster includes a few surprises among the 18 forwards and 12 defenceman that make up the group of 30 skaters permitted for phase 3. Up front, the Leafs opted for more center depth in the form of Tyler Gaudet over wingers like Miika Salomaki and Pontus Aberg.
Mac Hollowell will be in tough to earn a roster spot for phase 4 but after starting the season with the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers, being included in this limited training camp environment speaks to how the Leafs feel about his potential. Teemu Kivihalme flew under the radar a bit this season but was forced into big minutes with the Marlies as injuries on the Leafs blue line depleted the AHL squad’s depth. The organization thinks highly of him but he could fall victim to the numbers game as camp wraps up.
There is a 31 player roster …
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation