The other day Eakins talked about how difficult it's going to be for some of the younger guys to crack this roster, especially since the team is more or less the same as the one that went to the Calder Cup finals. With that said, here's my guess as to what the line-up will be opening night:Hamilton-Aucoin-KadriD'Amigo-Colborne-AshtonKomarov-Zigomanis-Deschamps Devane-Acton-ScottFraser-HolzerGardiner-KostkaGysbers-BlackerScrivensThe only two notable forwards missing from last years team are Dupuis and Mueller with Aucoin and Komarov coming in. The top-6 guys, Zigo, and Komarov are all likely locks to make the team. The remaining 4 spots will be battled over but Deschamps, Acton and Scott all have the advantage of having proven they can play those roles on a close-to-championship team already. It will take a huge effort for someone to knock them out of the line-up. There's one spot remaining that used to typically belong to an enforcer, which is why I think Devane has the best chance of taking it. McKegg, Ross, Carrick, Crescenzi, Ryan and Abbott can all remain and practice with the team as there aren't any roster limits in the AHL, but they'll likely also see some time in the ECHL.Other than Holzer and Fraser, I'm not sure what the defence pairings will look like but those are very likely the 6 that will start the season. I know nothing about Dylan Yeo but he spent some time in the ECHL last season so I'd imagine he's on a level below those 6. Paul Ranger is an obvious wildcard here as it's impossible to know where his game is at right now.Scrivens is obviously a lock to start in net. The choice for the back-up will be interesting though. Would the Leafs rather have their number 2 guy getting more starts in the ECHL or backing up in the AHL?
Jonas Siegel@jonasTSN1050Kadri didn't exactly blow away the competition in on-ice testing. D'Amigo and Deschamps far stronger in the final test.
Confused. Is that a knock on Kadri or in praise of D'Amigo and Deschamps?
Jonas Siegel@jonasTSN1050Not a great start for Kadri. Eakins says body fat registers among bottom 3-5 in camp. Skating tests "average".So, the myth of Gary Roberts camps will die now?
Cam Charron @camcharronBrought up in my post, but Eakins' fitness tests are pretty ambiguous, seem generally new, and he admitted he won't read too much into them.
Chris Johnston @reporterchris@camcharron True, but Eakins' main complaint seemed to centre on Kadri's body fat.
Cam Charron @camcharron@reporterchris It's a weird complaint for the first day of camp. Are you there right now?
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