Leafs make additional cuts as tougher roster decisions loom

The Leafs announced five fresh cuts after Tuesday night’s 6-2 preseason win over the Montreal Canadiens. The moves, coming on the heels of the announcement that Josh Ho-Sang had signed an AHL deal with the Toronto Marlies, push the Leafs closer to what their opening night roster will look like.

The following players have been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL): F Semyon Der-ArguchintsevD Mac HollowellG Erik KällgrenD Kristiāns Rubīns
Nikita Gusev has been released from his PTO.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) October 6, 2021

None of these moves are all that surprising, and likely would have happened earlier today if the Leafs did not need warm bodies in their lineup for tonight’s preseason game. In other words, they were formalities.
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev in particular had a strong Traverse City prospect tournament and NHL camp with his customary playmaking and stickhandling abilities on full display. But what was interesting to see was the incorporation of a shooting element that had been deemed missing from his game. Here’s SDA scoring tonight on a sweet bar-down wrister:

SDA scoring under pressure
*chefs kisses* pic.twitter.com/AQv7qBpU0A
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) October 6, 2021

While neither Kristians Rubins nor Mac Hollowell …

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Author: Mark Norman / The Leafs Nation

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