Toronto Maple Leafs – Working Up a Sweat!

The Maple Leafs team is comparatively streamlined but that may be a good thing. Forwards on the ice include Nik Antropov, Jason Blake, Andrea Deveaux, Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman, Ryan Holloweg, Nikolai Kulemin, Brad May, Jamal Mayers, John Mitchell, Dominic Moor, Alexi Ponikarovsky, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak and Jeremy Williams. Defensemen include Jeff Finger, Jonas Frogren, Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Luke Schenn, Jaime Sifers, Anton Stralman, Mike Van Ryn and Ian White. Goalies include Curtis Joseph and Vesa Toskala. Members off on the injured reserves list include Williams, Finger, and Van Ryn.

Players in the Maple Leafs system include team forwards Brent Aubin, Alex Barry, Darryle Boyce, Joel Champagne, Christopher Didomenico, Robert Earl, Jerome Flaake, Alex Foster, Matt Frattin, Stefano Gillati, Ryan Hamilton, Jimmy Hayes, Leo Komarov, Dale Mitchell, Kris Newbury, Pierce Norton, Ben Ondrus, Chad Rau, Tyler Ruegsegger, Alexander Shinkar, Viktor Stahlberg, Jan Steber, Mikhail Stefanovich, Konstantin Volkov and Ben Winnett. Defensemen include carl Gunnarsson, Chris Harrington, Korbinian Holzer, Staffan Kronwall, Andrew MacWilliam, Juraj Mikus, Phil Oreskovic, Richard Petiot, Maxim Semenov, Dmitri Vorobiev and Derrick Walser. Goalies include Justin Pogge, james Reimer and Grant Rollheiser.

Trainers and coaches supporting the Maple Leafs this season include head coach Robert Wilson, Assistant coach Keith Acton, assistant coach Tim Hunter, assistant coach Rob Zettler, player development coach Paul Dennis, goaltending coach Corey Hirsch, skating coach, Grame Townshed, strength and conditioning coordinator Matt Nichol, equipment manager Brian Paineau, assistant equipment manager Bobby Hasting, assistant equipment manager Tom Blatchford and video analyst Chris Dennis.

In 11th place, the Maple Leafs aren’t breaking any records with a score of 42 but the season is nevertheless young so just about anything is possible. With two games left in January against the Avalanche and the Penguins, the Maple Leafs then move on to February when they will play away games against the Sabres, Canadiens, Panthers, Lightning, Rangers, Islanders and Senators. Then in February the Maple Leafs will great number games against the Panthers, Penguins, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Canucks and Rangers.

In March, the Maple Leafs will play away games against the Capitals, Senators, Lightning, Panthers, Canadiens and Sabres. Home games in March will be occasions where the Maple Leafs will great number competitions against the Devils, Oilers, Islanders, Lightning, Flames, Capitals and Bruins. April finishes out the 2008-2009 season with six games for the Maple Leafs. Home games are scheduled against the Flyers, Canadiens, Sabres and Senators with the game against the Senators marking the final game of the season for the Maple Leafs on Saturday, April 11. Away games in April will be scheduled against the Flyers and Devils.

Currently the Maple Leafs have 42 points in the Eastern Conference League games with 17 wins, 22 losses and 8 OT. In the league standing, the Maple Leafs are currently in the 26th slot with just Tampa bay, Ottawa, Atlanta and the New York Islanders falling lower in the rankings. Northeast division standings place the Maple Leaf in fourth place behind Boston, Montreal and Buffalo.

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