Leafs Locker

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

DUTCH TREAT

If the NHL goes for a Dutch treat in coming years, the Maple Leafs are already first in line. Their Toronto Marlies farm team have a Dutch coach and forward prospect with them at present, left winger Kevin Bruijsten and guest instructor Alex Andjelic from the Tilburg Trappers. The latter is a good friend of Marlies coach Dallas Eakins and worked at the late Roger Neilson’s hockey camp. He was here in July helping at Leafs’ prospects camp and when Andjelic made this first of four scheduled stays with the AHL club, he asked to bring along young Bruijsten, who could play in one of the team’s weekend exhibition games.

“Alex used to be a top coach in Switzerland and I would go over to his camp before I went to camp with the Winnipeg Jets,” Eakins said. “It was excellent. He can do a lot of one-on-one stuff with our guys at this level. He asked if we had room to look at Kevin and I said absolutely. We can see if we have a spot here, in the East Coast League or maybe he goes back home to play for a year.”

STALL TACTICS

Perhaps it was by design, but Nazem Kadri and Tim Brent, currently scrapping for a job at centre with the Leafs, each have a single stall at either side of the exit doors at the MasterCard Centre. All week they’ve been having dueling media scrums. But Kadri says they get along off the ice.

“Brenner’s working hard and so am I,” Kadri said. “It’s all competition here. Even when the season starts it will be a battle to keep your job. Brenner works hard, he’s a great role player and he will definitely be a good NHLer one day.”

NOW HEAR THIS

Previous Leaf coaches such as Pat Quinn and Paul Maurice were reluctant to criticize their players in public, but Ron Wilson won’t hold back and Kadri says that took a bit of getting used to.

“Ron kind of tells it straight, he doesn’t beat around the bush,” Kadri said with a laugh. “But I was raised with a thick skin and mental toughness. I get that from my dad.”

Wilson was complimentary of Kadri answering the bell in Ottawa on Wednesday with a two goals and an assist.

“It’s a boost for his confidence, whether he’s here next week or (back) here in a month,” Wilson said. “He re-confirmed he can do things. And he still understands there are a lot of things he has to do better.”

/B>LOOSE LEAFS

Wilson was a bit surprised when Leafs defenceman Francois Beauchemin and Senators sniper Alex Kovalev dropped the goves on Wednesday. “Kovalev decided to show he had passion for the game, but he picked a fight with the wrong guy,” Wilson said. “Beauchemin is sneaky tough and I’m sure (Kovalev) had a few lumps.”...We were a bit ahead of the game for the Road Hockey To Conquer Cancer Event at Ontario Place. It’s Oct. 1, 2011 and plenty of time to register.


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