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#33

VESA TOSKALA

G: AGE 29, 6-FOOT-0, 197 LBS.

Mobility should be better after off-season sports hernia surgery ... Feisty despite his size ... Penchant for soft goals through his upper body and poor on shootouts up to now.

#50

JONAS GUSTAVSSON

G: AGE 24, 6-FOOT-3, 192 LBS.

Spreads his lanky frame to cover most of the bottom half of the net ... Sees through traffic well...Isn't fond of his nickname The Monster, hung on him by a rival Swedish coach.

#3

GARNET EXELBY

D: AGE 28, 6-FOOT-1, 215 LBS

More than 1,000 PIM in junior, AHL and NHL ... Steady in his own end, prone to turnovers when he goes up ice ... Chosen 217th overall by Atlanta in 1999.

#4

JEFF FINGER

D: AGE 29, 6-FOOT-1, 209 LBS

Picked 240th overall by Colorado in 1999 ... His 23 points with Leafs last year were career high ... Hometown of Houghton, Mich., claims to be birthplace of U.S. hockey.

#7

IAN WHITE

D: AGE 25, 5-FOOT-10, 191

Plays tough for his size...Bill Masterton Trophy nominee for Leafs last year when he volunteered at RW ... Played for Canada at '09 world championship.

#8

MIKE KOMISAREK

D: AGE 27, 6-FOOT-4, 243 LBS

Can hit, fight and be a dressing room lieutenant ... Likely to be an alternate captain ... Dad runs auto repair shop in Long Island.

#15

TOMAS KABERLE

D: AGE 31, 6-FOOT-1, 214 LBS

Probably in best shape of career ... Likely to be paired with Komisarek...Should pass 800-game mark this year, all with Leafs.

#22

FRANCOIS BEAUCHEMIN

D: AGE 29, 6-FOOT-0, 213

Workhorse could lead Leafs in minutes played ... Rarely out of position, even when he goes for the big hit ... Played one game for Canadiens in '02-03, his NHL debut.

#26

MIKE VAN RYN

D: AGE 30, 6-FOOT-1, 213 LBS

"Rhino" hardly has played the past two years because of injuries ... Capable of 20 minutes a game when healthy ... Last of 10 defencemen picked in the first round of '98 draft.

#81

PHIL KESSEL

F: Age 22, 6-foo-1, 195 lbs

Shoulder surgery will keep him shelved until November ... Had 36 goals last year with Boston, more than any Leaf since '02-03 .. Has 15 points in 15 career playoff games.

#36

CARL GUNNARSSON

D: AGE 22, 6-FOOT-2, 189 LBS.

Signed entry level contract on June 2 ... Two goals for Sweden at '09 world championships ... Last draft pick under former GM John Ferguson.

#2

LUKE SCHENN

D: AGE 20, 6-FOOT-2, 215 LBS.

Poise and positioning remarkable for a defenceman of his age ... Big hitter and sticks up for mates ... Could do more offensively with his big shot.

#9

NIKLAS HAGMAN

F: AGE 29, 6-FOOT-0, 209 LBS.

Should continue great finish to last year's injury-marred season, including career-high six power-play goals...House is his favourite TV show.

#45

VIKTOR STALBERG

AGE 23, 6-FOOT-3, 210 LBS

Swedish Rocket, from U of Vermont was highest scorer in camp with six goals and nine points in eight games ... Double threat with speed and size.

#55

JASON BLAKE

F: AGE 36, 5-FOOT-10, 186 LBS.

Overcame health issues to increase goals from 15 to 25 in second season with Leafs ... Coming up on 700 NHL games ... Ice time of 18:21 last year best in four years.

#11

JIRI TLUSTY

AGE 21, 6-FOOT-0, 209 LBS.

Looked slow in camp after point-a-game pace with Marlies ... Only camp goal came on a penalty shot ... Big fan of Linkin Park.

#12

LEE STEMPNIAK

F: AGE 26, 6-FOOT-0, 195 LBS

Five points in six exhibition games ... Last player acquired before arrival of Brian Burke ... Has yet to see NHL playoff action in 300 games.

#28

COLTON ORR

AGE 27, 6-FOOT-3, 222 LBS

Once played for Boston, but no relation to Bobby ... Averaged about 18 fights past three seasons according to hockeyfights.com ... Should play fourth-line role.

#39

JOHN MITCHELL

F: AGE 24, 6-FOOT-1, 204 LBS

Strong on puck at even strength and special teams ... Six points in six pre-season games, should centre third line ... Only Leaf drafted between 2003 and '05 to make this team.

#41

NIKOLAI KULEMIN

F: AGE 23, 6-FOOT-1, 225 LBS.

Ranked 11th in NHL rookie goals last year (15) ... He and Eric Lindros are the last two players to score first NHL goals against the reigning Stanley Cup champs.

#51

RICKARD WALLIN

F: AGE 29, 6-FOOT-2, 195 LBS

National team checking centre came over from Farjestads club with G Jonas Gustavsson ... Played in Sweden and Switzerland after 19-game trial five years ago with Minnesota Wild.

#14

MATT STAJAN

F: AGE 25, 6-FOOT-1, 200 LBS

Scored in first Leaf game six years ago, a strong two-way presence ... Led team at 51.4% on faceoffs, part of career year ... Fan of TV's Family Guy.

#18

WAYNE PRIMEAU

F: AGE 33, 6-FOOT-4, 225 LBS.

Should centre the fourth line...Born in Scarborough, raised in Whitby, pumped about playing at home ... Says he had best years under Ron Wilson in San Jose (2003-05).

#84

MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI

F: Age 25, 5-foot-11, 183 lbs.

So-so camp, but could still be first-line centre ... Tough for his size...third in NHL rookie points last year with 48, second in shooting percentage.

#42

TYLER BOZAK

F: Age 23, 6-foot-1, 195 lbs

Had 23 points in 19 games for U of Denver last year, five points in six NHL pre-season games ... Could challenge at centre or wing, but likely to start with Marlies

#21

JAMAL MAYERS

F: AGE 34, 6-FOOT-1, 217 LBS

Passed 1,000 career PIM last year, his first as a Leaf ... Suffered a concussion in camp, might not start the year ... Hopes to get into sports marketing/broadcasting.

#23

ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY

F: AGE 29, 6-FOOT-4, 229 LBS.

Almost doubled points to career-high 61 last year... Only Leaf forward to play all 82 games... Would be a home builder if not in the NHL.


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