Early on Monday morning it was announced via the twittersphere that the Maple Leafs were placing Jhonas Enroth on waivers.
The #leafs have placed Jhonas Enroth on waivers.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 5, 2016
This simple tweet sent medium sized shockwaves thru Leafs Nation as most fans (as well as Coaching staff) have been disappointed with the relief role that Enroth has played so far this year. On paper, Enroth (a diminutive goaltender) was supposed to be a solid backup to Freddy Andersen, but that has never come to fruition early in the season. Posting a .872 Save percentage and 3.94 GAA apparently won’t cut it in the NHL.
According to an insider on the site, his name rhymes with ‘Pingy’, Ray Ferraro suggested that this waiver move was simply a money shuffle in order to see the Leafs sign another player. Time will tell.
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) December 5, 2016
USA's roster again. It is expected Clayton Keller will be cleared to play by WJC time. Christian Fischer apparently not released by ARI. pic.twitter.com/h9QhceNe1P
— Chris Peters (@chrismpeters) December 5, 2016
Also on Monday, but in the afternoon hours, Team USA announced their preliminary roster for the World Junior Championships.
No person who follows the Leafs (except maybe Ron Wilson) is surprised that Jeremy Bracco (OHL–Kitchener) was named to the early squad.
Bracco has a ridiculous 49 points (16g and 33a) in just 24 games played this season. Look for Bracco to be a major contributor to the Team USA powerplay during this tournament. Extra off-season conditioning seems to have paid off very well for the young American forward.
Also named to the prelim roster, was another Leafs draft pick, goalie Joe Woll of Boston College.
Woll, has become the starting goalie for his Boston College team, which as a freshman is impressive to say the least. Woll is sporting a .919 save % and a 2.44 GAA for his Division 1 team are solid numbers for a kid entering a league where Senior players usually get the nod before a guy in his first year.
Boston College Eagles are currently ranked #3 or #4 in the Nation, depending on which poll you prefer.
Good news continues to flow into Leafs Nation when it comes to Prospects in the system.