(pictured: Sam Carrick, placed on waivers)
The Leafs made their final series of cuts on Sunday, assigning 11 players to the Marlies of the American Hockey League while placing five skaters on waivers for the purpose of reassignment. Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock held closed-door meetings during which they arrived at their decisions. The duo was on the same page in terms of shaping the Leafs’ future: don’t rush the young prospects.
As a result, youngsters William Nylander, Connor Brown and Kasperi Kapanen were among those sent to Ricoh Coliseum, a short drive from Air Canada Centre.
“There’s an extreme bright future for them, but this is the right decision right now to make sure that we see exactly what we have here, that is of the veterans and what they bring,” Lamoriello said in a Sunday afternoon conference call. “At this time, the right thing is for them to go and be the best possible players they can be.”
Toronto is still one player over the 23-man roster limit.
Placed on waivers: T.J. Brennan, Andrew Campbell, Sam Carrick, Matt Frattin and Byron Froese.
Assigned to the Toronto Marlies: Antoine Bibeau, Connor Brown, Rich Clune, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Viktor Loov, William Nylander, Stuart Percy, Nikita Soshnikov, Garret Sparks and Rinat Valiev.
Designated as injured, non-roster: Petter Granberg