Just 48 hours away from the first day of the regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs have cemented their roster to begin the season.
Maple Leafs Announce Roster Moves Ahead of Season Opener. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 30, 2019
In this final move, four players have been placed on waivers for assignment to the AHL. Nic Petan, Kevin Gravel, Kenny Agostino, and Garrett Wilson are the four skaters that will have an opportunity to be claimed by another team.
If they go unclaimed, then they will head to the Marlies to start their 2019-20 regular season there.
Other roster-forming moves before the puck drops against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 2 is forward Egor Korshkov being assigned to the Marlies, not having to go through waivers. Interesting to note that Matt Read has also signed a one-year AHL contract with the Marlies after impressing on his PTO — stacking the forward depth on the 2018 Calder Cup champions even more.
It wouldn’t be surprising if a team takes a flyer on a forward like Agostino and Petan, after they performed well and produced some beneficial underlying metrics in their short NHL stints in previous seasons.
While Gravel and Wilson weren’t destined to make this roster from the beginning, but signed as free agents in the summer as just pure depth and back-up options for key positions for the Leafs this upcoming season.
With these moves, it means that Dymtro Timashov and Nick Shore take up the last two forward spots, while Timothy Liljegren and Justin Holl are the extra defenceman. Considering Liljegren did not need to go through waivers to be assigned to the Marlies, it might mean that another move is shortly coming — or not.