Preseason Pre-Game #8: 5 Things to Look For in the Maple Leafs’ Final Tuneup

Well, we’ve finally made it, folks.
After weeks of AHL lineups and roster speculation, the Maple Leafs have mercifully made it to the end of their preseason schedule with one final home date with the Detroit Red Wings. Tonight will also serve as fans’ first real glimpse at the Leafs’ projected opening night roster. What a time to be alive, truly.

Lines at Leafs morning skate
Johnsson – Matthews – Nylander Kapanen – Tavares – Marner Mikheyev – Kerfoot – Moore Korshkov – Shore –
Muzzin – Barrie Rielly – Ceci Gravel – Holl
Andersen starts
Absent: Spezza
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) September 28, 2019

With a few roster spots still up for grabs and more than enough players fighting to fill them, here are five things to watch for ahead of Toronto’s preseason finale.
1) No Jason Spezza?
It’s been eleven days now since Jason Spezza’s first official game as a Maple Leaf and, in that time, the 37-year-old has embarked upon quite the journey. It all feels like a blur.
Entering camp as an intriguing depth signing, Spezza first made his mark with an encouraging debut in Toronto’s preseason opener, then quizzically saw his interest level called into question by Mike Babcock, dealt with the inevitable speculation that …

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Author: Mike Stephens / The Leafs Nation

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