Toronto Maple Leafs: Rookie Camp Fuels Debate

September 16th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Entering the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie camp, several players were under the microscope from management and fans.

Nazem Kadri—the Leafs’ Messiah in waiting, and Jerry D’Amigo were under the most scrutiny as many Maple Leafs fans believe that both these youngsters have the best shot at cracking the big clubs lineup come October.

With three games at the rookie tournament behind them, several players have emerged as what many believe will evolve into special players.

D’Amigo showed a lot of drive and passion in all three games and, with a little luck, may crack the Leafs lineup before long. Kadri—who was very physical throughout the tournament— has played well, but has been criticized for his individual play and lack of scoring thus far.

On defense, Simon Gysbers (who stands 6’4” and weighs in at 200 pounds) was solid throughout the rookie tournament, showing glimpses of what promises to be a long NHL career if he continues to develop. Jesse Blacker also looked solid, but, like Gysbers, appears to need some seasoning before he will get a serious look from the big club.

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