Monday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that summer was OVER !
Well, not exactly but with a simple tweet…..we are one step closer to hockey season.
Making our first trip to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.
See the full @MapleLeafs roster for the eight-team tournament.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) August 26, 2019
The Maple Leafs, led by Marlies Head Coach Sheldon Keefe, will load up the bus to not Peoria but Traverse City Michigan for the 8-Team Tournament.
This marks the first time the Leafs have joined this group for a pre-season tournament and it should actually be a competitive environment.
Here is how the schedule breaks down for our Blue and White.
The roster will be 32 players, with 18 forwards, 11 blueliners and 3 Goalies all taking part.
It is going to be very interesting to see how Ian Scott and Joe Woll play between the pipes. This could be a battle for the next several years as both of these young men want to one day be the starter for the parent club in the NHL.
Nic Robertson is another body that I am excited to see play along with SDA up front.
While it is great to have this tournament announced, if you look closely you will also notice one thing about this group.
Trading of the picks over the last few years has left our talent pool deteriorated. When you burn high end picks (and yes we needed to do it, and yes the trades have worked out well) you do not get the replenishment of talent that you eventually need.
It is a slippery slope.
One that I am willing to watch unfold.
Hockey is back!!!!!