At the start of every National Hockey League season, the announcement of development camp rosters begins a season-long scramble for information on players. NCAA free agents, CHL tryouts, European prospects, and other undrafted players get an opportunity to make a name for themselves at these development camps, and NHL teams get another chance to lay claim to them.
Since Kyle Dubas took over as General Manager, the Leafs have invited more players to development camps than any team I can think of. While they have not used the loophole that allows teams to sign draft eligible players like Philippe Myers or Michael McNiven through development camp, the Leafs have still been able to utilize the camp to find players for AHL depth or assess their most recent draft prospects.
I decided to pick one player from the AHL, ECHL, OHL, WHL, QMJHL, and NCAA who have shown great development as their respective regular seasons come to a close. They were all expected to participate in the Leafs 2019 development camp if not for injury, and all of them have yet to start an Entry Level Contract.
These players are what I consider part of the Leafs “rainy day fund”, …
Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation