Justin Pogge will not be making his Maple Leafs debut any time soon.
Barring injuries, the top goaltending prospect in the Toronto organization will not get into a pre-season game.
"I think (Mikael) Tellqvist and (Jean-Sebastien) Aubin, it is an important opportunity for them," Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice said. "Justin is a young man and he has lots of hockey ahead of him. We will leave that door open, but he is going to focus on his first AHL game and he needs to be good there first."
With Tellqvist and Aubin up against each other for the backup role behind Andrew Raycroft, each is expected to get two starts in the Leafs' eight-game pre-season schedule. Raycroft likely will get four starts.
Defenceman Jay Harrison recorded the best results in the Leafs' fitness testing last week, but the 23-year-old realizes being in top shape can take him only so far.
"You take pride in it, but if anything, it just proves when everything is equal, you want the job," Harrison said. "It has been an evolution of my training. I couldn't get to where I am without having that as a basis for me."
None of Pavel Kubina (hip flexor), Tomas Kaberle (groin) or Carlo Colaiacovo (head)will play this weekend in games tonight in Montreal and tomorrow night in Halifax. Kubina and Kaberle skated briefly on their own yesterday morning, but Maurice wants to be cautious ... One bonus for Bates Battaglia is that he is in camp. Last year, he was signed as camp was concluding. "Just to know you are starting from Point A and getting your wheels under builds confidence," Battaglia said. "Last year I just hopped right into it."