Early Thursday morning the Toronto Maple Leafs PR account released the list of invitees to the 2017 Training Camp.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) September 14, 2017
The training camp will take place starting Friday (thru Sunday) in Niagara Falls at the Gale Centre.
First 1000 fans get access to the practices and scrimmage sessions each day.
After the Camp concludes on Sunday afternoon, the Pre-Season action gets underway on the 18th of September vs. Ottawa.
Also remember that the pre-season tilts at ‘Home’ will be played at the Ricoh Coliseum (Sept 22, 25, 30). Here are the games.
A massive note, and expected by a few, that Roman Polak will be attending the Training Camp (and expected into the ‘mean nothing’ games) on a PTO.
Polak, who suffered a nasty leg injury during the Playoffs last year might just surprise a few people with how quickly he has healed.
The native of the Czech Republic, is 31 years old and many had written him off but after seeing a tweet of from his agent during his rehab, it had many people thinking that he would return to the Leafs on a PTO, and then grab a final pairing spot on the roster after Camp.
Update: Here's Roman Polak doing some skating drills last week. His rehab from broken fubula is right on track. pic.twitter.com/tEVZo7hFB4
— Allan Walsh (@walsha) August 22, 2017
Dermott and Polak pairing with Carrick as an extra? So many options….what about those Swedes?
Here is what I do know. Babcock loved Polak, and the Leafs are about to give him every chance possible to sign a contract and extend his career as a Maple Leafs player.
Worst case scenario, another team signs Polak if the Leafs pass on him, and this Camp was at the very least a ‘thank you’ for all that he did for the Blue and White.
-Injured Marlies/Leafs Center Frederik Gauthier will be at Camp.
-Leafs will have SIX goaltenders, including recently signed Cal Heeter.
-Ben Smith is still around.
-First NHL Camp for Timothy Liljegren, 17th overall pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Lets get this started……