The decision whether to keep William Nylander in the NHL has been made.
Sunday afternoon the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that the roster had been trimmed down to 24 players (26 total as Petter Granberg cannot be sent down due to his ongoing injury rehabilitation, and Nathan Horton on LTIR). Another move is expected to be made but as of right now the Leafs have 14 forwards and 8D on this roster with young Scott Harrington pencilled in after a strong Camp, as well as newcomer Martin Marincin.
Notable young talents such as Nylander, Brown, Kapanen, Loov and Percy were all sent down on Sunday. There has been an ongoing debate in several areas of the Leafs Nation whether or not Nylander and/or Brown could make the opening night roster in the NHL. Some will point to the comments made by Coach Mike Babcock in regards to winning a spot on this roster. Clearly kids like Nylander and Brown out played MANY of the current roster bodies but it makes very little sense for them to play in the NHL with this garbage fire going on around them. Like I was always taught during Hazardous Materials training….Time, Distance and Shielding. This is also appropriate to the youth of this franchise.
Having said all of that, this does NOT mean that a few young players could see some NHL time this season. A lot of factors come into play and the fact that Nylander can be sent back and forth from AHL to NHL without having to clear waivers is something to keep an eye on.
The team also announced that 5 players would be put on waivers on Monday at noon. Heading to the waiver wire will be Matt Frattin, TJ Brennan, Andrew Campbell, Sammy Carrick and Byron Froese. Unsure what players will see time with the Marlies but unless something drastic were to occur, all of them can see time in the AHL.
More updates as they come out.