Leafs Roster Appears Set Prior To Season Opener

Published October 9, 2023 at 8:51 PM

With the NHL regular season starting tomorrow, each of the league's clubs are in the process of finalizing their opening night rosters. Today, it appears as though the Leafs have more or less figured out what their roster is going to look like.

Leafs Practice Lines Indicate Opening Night Roster

The Leafs held their first official regular season practice today giving us a very good idea of what their lines might look like on opening night.

The Athletic's Jonas Siegel reported the lines on Twitter this morning and they looked like this:

Bertuzzi — Matthews — Marner
Domi — Tavares — Nylander
Knies — Minten — Järnkrok
Gregor — Kämpf — Reaves

Rielly — Brodie
McCabe — Klingberg
Giordano — Liljegren

These Lines have a lot of familiar faces on them but also some new ones, and some surprises as well.

New Leafs Look To Make Immediate Impact

While Toronto's core of Austin Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and John Tavares remains intact, the supporting cast around them has seen some changes. The most prominent new names are Tyler Bertuzzi, Max Domi, and Ryan Reaves. Bertuzzi and Domi figure to play relatively big roles for the club in the top-six.

Reaves is not the only new addition to the bottom-six though. Rookie Frasier Minten was a major standout during training camp and preseason so he forced his way onto the roster when most were expecting him to be at least one more year away from making the big club. Noah Gregor actually remains unsigned due to cap reasons, but will certainly be a new look on the Leafs fourth line providing some speed and grit with a little scoring touch.

On the blueline, John Klingberg figures to shake things up especially on special teams. Morgan Reilly will have competition for the role of powerplay quarterback , but as of right now it appears as though he will retain his spot on the top unit.

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Leafs Roster Appears Set Prior To Season Opener

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