Let it out. Get a good sigh out of your body and realize that the summer is over, and hockey is back !!!
Tonight at Mile One Arena in St. John’s Newfoundland the Ottawa Sens drag their group of broken toys to the rink to face our beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tuesday Morning the Maple Leafs announced their roster for the game this evening.
#Leafs lines at morning skate (vs. Ottawa tonight):
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 17, 2019
For me there are a few exciting aspects to this match up to keep an eye on.
First of course, is Kasperi Kapanen joining the Tavares/Marner line to replace the injured Zach Hyman while he is recovering from off season surgery.
Second, is Jake Muzzin and Tyson Barrie. Can they have success together? It will be interesting to see how their communication is EARLY in this pre-season.
Next up would be the next two left wingers on that list. Pierre Engvall, can he earn a NHL position? Its plausible but I would imagine they are going to have him with the Marlies for a full season of playing Center.
Mason Marchment. Where is he in his progression? This kid will know how big of a chance this is in his career to make a statement. Look for him to establish position in front of the opposition net, and throw a few hits. Maybe a tilt?
Two final areas for me to look at. The 4th line as its assembled. Interesting about their chemistry but also their own personal growth.
And then there is Kasimir Kaskisuo.
Colour me crazy, but I feel like he has just as good of a chance to be Frederik Andersen’s back up as Michael Hutchinson does.
We will get to see just how confident he is heading into the 2019-20 season.
It is time y’all.
Our Leafs are back !!