Maple Leafs Announce Opening Night Line-Up

If you haven’t read the story on Sportsnet yet, the Leafs have made public their opening night line up.  While Komisarek is nursing a sore hamstring; he is expected to be ready for Thursday night.

Perhaps there is only one surprise considering the players that will be left out due to injury.  Mayers, Finger and Van Ryn will all start the season watching from the press box wearing ice packs.   Kulemin is the only player to lose a job and Tlusty the hopeful prospect from ’08-’09 that couldn’t crack the line-up.  Bozak doesn’t make it yet….but nobody will be surprised to see him play some games later in the season – Wilson will likely not hesitate to send messages if someone is not playing to his expectations. 

The surprise to some will be the inclusion of Jay Rosehill.  I like this move.  Rosehill held his own in the pre-season…In addition to his toughness, he showed that he could play two-way hockey.  He is versatile as well as he played most of his career as a defenceman.  I’d much rather have a guy like Rosehill on the 4th line than Jamal Mayers.  We need some “youthful exuberance” in the line up and Rosehill along with Stalberg will supply just that.

Here is the line-up:

Forwards:

Blake-Stajan-Stalberg

Grabovski-Hagman-Ponikarovsky

Wallin-Stempniak-Mitchell

Rosehill-Primeau-Orr

Defence:

Beauchemin-Schenn

Kaberle-Komisarek

White -Exelby

In net:

Toskala

Gustavsson

NB: I’ve posted this as it appears on Sportsnet…these are the opening night lines but I doubt they reflect exact positions in all cases (e.g. Hagman and Stempniak as centremen?).

It will be very interesting to see what Wilson/Burke do when Kessel arrives.  If there are no injuries to the higher priced players when he is activated (with his $5.4M contract); Wilson and Burke will have some tough decisions to make if they want to carry the league max of 23.

We are only a couple of days away….cant wait to get the season started.  Let’s see if the media improves their game this season like Burke has likely done with the team.  We can only hope for a Wilson v. Berger round II.

LT

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    ChuChu 11 years ago

    Defense pairings are as expected.

    I agree with you on rosehill. This guy showed during preseason that he is hungry and was always among the most energetic guys on the ice. That 4th line looks great – I sure wouldn’t want to play against them.