Leafs cut 14 players from camp; roster down to 29


The training camp cuts continue, as the Leafs have re-assigned 14 more players to the AHL Marlies.

Via the National Post:

Forwards Luca Caputi, Joe Colborne, Jerry D’Amigo, Ryan Hamilton, Marcel Mueller, Kenny Ryan, Greg Scott and Mike Zigomanis, defencemen Jesse Blacker, Jeff Finger, Simon Gysbers, Korbinian Holzer and Juraj Mikus and goaltender Mark Owuya are heading to the Marlies.

Caputi, Hamilton, Zigomanis and Finger were all placed on waivers. They must clear waivers before they can wind up with the Marlies.

Much like the last round of cuts, there are few surprises here.  With roster spots at a premium barring injury, young players such as Colborne and Caputi will benefit more from a larger role with the Marlies than fighting for a 4th line job with the NHL club. D’Amigo will look to prove that he is ready for the AHL level of competition this time around, while Zigomanis’ reassignment confirms the battle for the Leafs‘ 4th line centre role will be won by one of Darryl Boyce or Philippe Dupuis (with the other as the likely 13th forward on the roster).

Of course, the expected roster structure could change dramatically if Matthew Lombardi is ready for the season opener … but that remains a rather large “if” at this stage.

Remaining on the roster are the following:

Colby Armstrong
Darryl Boyce
Tyler Bozak
Mike Brown
Tim Connolly
Joey Crabb
Phillipe Dupuis
Matt Frattin
Mikhail Grabovski
Nazem Kadri
Phil Kessel
Nikolai Kulemin
Matthew Lombardi
Joffrey Lupul
Clarke MacArthur
Colton Orr
Jay Rosehill

Keith Aulie
Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner
Carl Gunnarsson
Mike Komisarek
Matt Lashoff
John-Michael Liles
Dion Phaneuf
Luke Schenn

Jonas Gustavsson
James Reimer
Ben Scrivens