Long shots set to strut

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

The Maple Leafs released their training camp roster yesterday, with a few intriguing names buried among the 60 players.

General manager Cliff Fletcher commented on some:

- F Eric Wellwood: Kyle's undrafted younger brother is bigger and not as offensively creative with 16 points in 68 games for Windsor in the OHL.

"He showed us enough in the rookie tournament (including a highlight-reel goal) to earn the chance to work out with pro players," Fletcher said. "We'll see where it takes us."

- D Josef Boumedienne: Well-travelled 30-year-old Swede played for New Jersey and Washington before a long tour of club teams in Europe.

"He decided to return to North America and play the last half of the year with Hershey," Fletcher said. "He's proficient on the power play and that intrigued us. We will need at least some older players on the Marlies."

- D Juha Uotila: Helsinki born, but one of a growing number of Europeans trying the NCAA route (University of Nebraska at Omaha).

"He was recommended to us by a couple of college scouts," Fletcher said. "He shows a lot of promise as an offensive defenceman and we thought we'd take a chance on him for a year to help us or the Marlies."

- F Tim Stapleton: At 5-foot-9, the smallest player in camp. Had 62 points in 58 games for Jokerit in Finland.

- G Adam Munro: Two cups of coffee years ago with the Chicago Blackhawks for the St. George native.

KABERLE ON THE 'C'

Without trying to lobby for Mats Sundin's vacated captaincy, Tomas Kaberle said he wouldn't be overwhelmed by such a promotion.

"I was a captain for the (Czech Republic) at the last world championship in Quebec, I'm an assistant here and growing up I always had an A or a C," Kaberle said.

"I always put a lot of pressure on myself and it's nice to be playing in a city like Toronto where there's all kinds of pressure from the media and the fans and the coach. When you're not doing well, you hear it and that makes you work even harder."

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LEAFS' TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

FORWARDS

80 Nik Antropov

48 Brent Aubin

33 Bates Battaglia

28 Mark Bell

55 Jason Blake

47 Darryl Boyce

73 Joel Champagne

60 Joe Cooper

56 Andre Deveaux

22 Boyd Devereaux

61 Chris DiDomenico

52 Robbie Earl

32 Alex Foster

49 Stefano Giliati

84 Mikhail Grabovski

9 Niklas Hagman

44 Ryan Hollweg

41 Nikolai Kulemin

21 Jamal Mayers

46 Dale Mitchell

39 John Mitchell

19 Dominic Moore

54 Kris Newbury

25 Ben Ondrus

23 Alexei Ponikarovsky

50 Kyle Rogers

76 Dan Rudisuela

57 Greg Scott

14 Matt Stajan

42 Tim Stapleton

10 Alex Steen

67 Mikhail Stefanovich

58 Max Taylor

11 Jiri Tlusty

66 Eric Wellwood

18 Jeremy Williams

DEFENCE

38 Josef Boumedienne

8 Carlo Colaiacovo

4 Jeff Finger

24 Jonas Frogen

15 Tomas Kaberle

40 Staffan Kronwall

77 Pavel Kubina

75 Scott Langdon

45 Phil Oreskovic

51 Todd Perry

43 Richard Petiot

2 Luke Schenn

53 Andy Schneider

59 Jaime Sifers

36 Anton Stralman

68 Juha Uotila

26 Mike Van Ryn

7 Ian White

GOALIES

31 Curtis Joseph

30 Adam Munro

71 Mike Ouzas

29 Justin Pogge

34 James Riemer

35 Vesa Toskala


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