Antropov looks great so far

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

Nik Antropov slipped the puck behind Justin Pogge yesterday in the shootout in the scrimmage championship, giving Team A bragging rights with a 3-2 win against Team B.

Antropov, from whom anything less than 20 goals this season would be a disappointment, was terrific on a line yesterday with Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker.

"(Antropov) entered camp like he should, that he should not take a back seat to anyone," general manager John Ferguson said. "He is here to prove he can contribute and let's see if he can get that opportunity."

Antropov, 25, has not recorded more than 16 goals or 45 points in any of his four-plus NHL seasons.

BELAK EATS UP MINUTES

Wade Belak is not sure whether he will be a defenceman or forward when the Leafs break camp but his confidence will be high either way.

Belak spent the lockout playing hockey in England and saw more ice time than he can dream of in the NHL.

"We only carried five defencemen on the team and I played in every situation, 35 minutes a night," Belak said. "It was important for me to go over and play, get that confidence back of knowing I could play regularly. I don't think I have ever played that much, even in junior."

AUBIN READY TO PLAY

Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin wants to play as much as possible this season and knows he will get more action if he is sent to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

But riding the bench in support of Ed Belfour is not a bad option either.

"You always have to be ready," Aubin said. "I remember a year in Pittsburgh with the Penguins and (Tom) Barrasso was hurt. I had to play 50 games. That was one of my best years. Whether I play 25 (with the Leafs) or 60 (with the Marlies), I will be there."


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