Toronto Maple Leafs Rookies Ready To Shine in September

July 27th, 2010 by Drew West Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs recently announced that the 2010 Rookie Tournament will take place at the John Labatt Centre beginning on September 11th. This should be a great opportunity to see how the Leafs' young prospects have progressed over the summer, and give them a chance to showcase their talent in hopes of earning a spot on the big club in October.

This year's rookie roster should be filled with players varying in talent level and playing style. It should be interesting to watch the mix of prospects ranging from the pre-Burke era to the players drafted only a month ago by the current management and scouting team.

Not only has Brian Burke brought in tough, gritty, and hardworking players to play on the current Leafs' roster, he has also purposely drafted this style of player on many occasions within the last two years. This is in hopes that the culture change within the newly formed Leafs will stay with the Maple Leafs as long as he is General Manager, and far beyond.

Examples of such prototypical Burke draftees include Brad Ross, Kenny Ryan, Sam Carrick, Jamie Devane, and Jesse Blacker. These players bring the proper leve ...

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