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

2022 MLB Draft day primer: How does the draft work and who are the Blue Jays linked too?

It’s finally here. Tonight at 7:00 PM eastern time, the 2022 MLB draft officially kicks under way.

As far as I can tell, tonight will cover the first two rounds, which includes the Blue Jays compensatory #77 and #78 picks.
The MLB draft is a rather confusing process compared to other North American sports, so I’ll explain it to the best of my capabilities.
How does the draft work:
In this section, we’ll look at what type of player is available as well as how the bonus pool works.
Who’s eligible:
The MLB draft has 20 rounds, but the Blue Jays will be able to draft 22 players due to those compensatory picks. The team got those picks when they extended a qualifying offer to both Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien at the end of the 2021 season. Since the two players signed elsewhere, the Jays got those two picks.
If you’re drafted by an NHL or NBA team, you essentially don’t have a choice in the matter but to play for that team. Yeah, you get weird instances like when Eric Lindros declined to play for the Quebec Nordiques or when Steve Francis refused to play for the Vancouver Grizzlies. However, most of the time once you apply to be drafted, you can’t be drafted again.
This isn’t the case with the MLB draft. The draft has a litany of pathways, such as being a recently graduated high school player, a third year university player or a junior college/community college pla …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Get to know every invite to Maple Leafs development camp

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally announced their development camp roster earlier today, and as per usual, there are a bunch of very intriguing invites.
Undrafted free agency is an excellent way to supplement your prospect pool when you don’t have many draft picks. While the Leafs did draft five times this year and they are close to the 50 contract limit, there are numerous prospects that would be worthwhile bets to be signed to an entry-level contract while they are eligible to do so.
Firstly, the invites have been separated into two groups: those in the CHL and those on the path to the NCAA.
Players in the CHL can sign as undrafted free agents, regardless of their age (as long as they have been eligible for an NHL draft), until the start of the new CHL season. This is how the Leafs signed Braeden Kressler last year, or how Philadelphia landed Philippe Myers and Egor Zamula in the past.
NCAA players, on the hand, don’t have it quite as easy. If they sign an NHL contract, they forego their NCAA eligibility. While we have seen …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

Everything you need to know about the Maple Leafs development camp

It’s finally here! The Toronto Maple Leafs development camp is set to begin on Sunday and run through next Friday, and the team has announced the roster after much anticipation.

A look at our 2022 Development Camp roster & schedule.#LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 14, 2022

For starters, the Leafs are holding camp a week after nearly every other team has opened them up to inviting just about any undrafted prospect they want, which we’ll get to in a second. First, here are all of the Leafs affiliated prospects attending camp:

Player
Acquired
Luke Cavallin
AHL contract
Orrin Centazzo
AHL contract
Max Ellis
UDFA NHL signing
John Fusco
2020 7th round pick
Matt Knies
2021 2nd round pick
Dennis Hildeby
2022 4th round pick
Braeden Kressler
UDFA NHL signing
Mikey Koster
2019 5th round pick
Brandon Lisowsky
2022 7th round pick
Veeti Miettinen
2020 6th round pick
Joe Miller
2020 6th round pick
Tommy Miller
AHL contract
Fraser Minten
2022 2nd round pick
Nick Moldenhauer
2022 3rd round pick
Keith Petruzzelli
AHL contract
Marshall Rifai
AHL contract
Axel Rindell
2020 6th round pick
Wyatt Schingoethe
2020 7th round pick
Graham Slaggert
AHL contract
Ryan Tverberg
2020 7th round pick
William Villeneuve
2020 4th round pick
Ty Voit
2021 5th round pick
The following are invites out of the CHL, meaning the Maple Leafs can sign them to an entry-level contract if they are impressed by what they see at camp, something they did last year for Braeden Kressler:

Player
Team

First Year Draft Eligible

Sam Alfano
Peterborough
2022
Rayan Bettahar
Swift Current
2022
Marco Costantini
Hamilton
2020
Pano Fimis
Niagara
2022
Avery Hayes
Hamilton
2021
Beau Jelsma
Barrie
2022
Kasper Larsen
Mississauga
2021
Sean McGurn
London
2020
Marcus Nguyen
Portland
2022
Michael Renwick
Windsor
2020
Grayden Siepmann
Calgary
2022
Noah Van Vliet
Hamilton
2022
Mathew Ward
Swift Current
2022
The rest of the invites are players bound for the NCAA, meaning if they were to sign, they would have to forego their collegiate eligibility. It is very rare to see these players sign in camp, although Trevor Moore was an example a few years back:

Player
2021-22 Team

First Year Draft Eligible

Mathieu De St. Phalle
Wisconsin (NCAA)
2018
Tyler Duke
USNTDP
2022
Rastislav Elias
Green Bay (USHL)
2022
Dylan Jackson
Northeastern (NCAA)
2019
Ty Jackson
Northeastern (NCAA)
2019
Ryan McAllister
Brooks (AJHL)
2020
Duncan Ramsay
Kimball Academy (USHS)
2022
T.J. Semptimphelter
Northeastern (NCAA)
2020
Jeremy Wilmer
Tri-City (USHL)
2021
The only European-based prospect attending the development camp is Dennis Hildeby, interesting given Roni Hirvonen, Topi Niemela, and Artur Akhtyamov have all been in Toro …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation