Yesterday, at the MasterCard Center of Excellence, William Nylander was the first to step onto the ice and begin the Toronto Maple Leafs season of 2015-16. The day consisted of media availability and roughly 15 minutes of on-ice work before the players packed up their equipment and headed North.
Kyle Dubas, Assistant GM, now team spokesman, also spoke with the media and discussed that the day wasn’t meant to “test the players” but rather just get them back on the ice and into Camp Mode.
Prospect Camp is well underway at this point, which started in Etobicoke but has moved location to the hills of Collingwood. The Central Arena is the home base for the Maple Leafs and their prospects, during the rest of this week.
Attention to drills, fitness and how to be a “good human being” is on tap for this Prospect Camp. We have been told that no scrimmages will take place in Collingwood but it would not surprise us that one or two will happen on the final day. The players who have been invited to Camp last year have a great understanding what will take place but for kids like Marner and Dermott (this years Draft Class) it will be an eye opening experience and one they will never forget. Kids who cheered for the Maple Leafs growing up or ones who dreamed of playing in the NHL will finally get to pull on that Blue and White jersey for the first time…..and it will be an incredible experience.
More updates to come throughout the week as needed.
Prospect Camp Video