3 Players who’ve distanced themselves early at Leafs development camp

The second day of Maple Leafs development camp ended just as fast as it began and a few players have started distancing themselves from the pack.
When Max Ellis signed with Toronto back in April, there wasn’t much known about him. A small forward who had plenty of speed and skill was really all the information that we had. The 22-year-old, though, begins his two-year entry-level deal this season and wants to grow as much as possible.
“It meant the world. To be with a storied franchise as great as the Maple Leafs, it was absolutely fantastic,” Ellis said about signing with Toronto. “It’s a dream come true. It’s even better when you get here, when you meet all the people, the fantastic staff they have from equipment manager to coaches, I think everybody is super helpful and nice.”
The 22-year-old was a part of the second group of skaters on Tuesday, which featured the likes of Matthew Knies, Fraser Minten, and Axel Rindell. From watching him in the two AHL games, to now, you can see why the Maple Leafs saw so much from him.
Although he’s small, standing at five-foot-nine, his skill and strength on the puck makes up for it. On Tuesday, it seemed like Ellis was at …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Notes and quotes from Day 1 of Maple Leafs development camp

Development camp is finally here! For the first time in three years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are hosting their development camp in the regularly slotted time frame in July with both CHL and NCAA prospects in attendance, in addition to a few others from the professional ranks.
The Leafs Nation’s Nick Barden is attending development camp, so be sure to check out his recap from Day 1.
The Leafs had multiple availabilities on a busy Day 1 of dev camp, including the head of the player development department, Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser, as well as Toronto’s first picks in the 2021 and 2022 drafts in Matt Knies and Fraser Minten.
Without further delay, let’s dive into things.
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser
On her promotion to Assistant General Manager
“Nothing changes in the day-to-day of what I’ve been doing here the last year and a half. It’s obviously a huge honour to be working here with the Leafs. I love what I do every single day, it’s been great.”
It’s not a surprise to see that despite the promotion to Assistant General Manager, Hayley Wickenheiser’s role remains essentially the same with the Maple Leafs. The promotions of Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy, and Darryl Metcalf were less about assigning new tasks and more about re-organizing the titles in the organization.
On Matt Knies’ decision to go back to the NCAA
“Physically, [Matt Knies] is a big boy. He’s got all the tools. There’s a lot of respect that goes to the players to understand where they are at this point in time in their career and what t …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation