TORONTO - Ben Scrivens knows he might have to bide his time, but he would love to follow the example set by James Reimer.
“What Reims did last year is a big confidence boost for me,” Scrivens said. “It shows that anything really can happen.”
Scrivens was solid for the Toronto Marlies last season, but is not yet in a position to truly battle Reimer or Jonas Gustavsson for a job with the Leafs. However, the 25-year-old native of Spruce Grove, Alta., will be used in a game this season if the situation calls for it. The coaching staff has that kind of confidence in Scrivens, coach Ron Wilson said this week.
Scrivens, who signed as a free agent with the Leafs in April of 2010, said the fact that the Leafs and Marlies are in the same city helped lead him to decide to join the team.
“(Goaltending consultant Francois Allaire) was a huge reason, to come work with him,” Scrivens said. “But also having the NHL and the AHL in the same city is a huge advantage. Some teams, you have to fly across the country if you’re called up. Here, you’re walking across the hall at the MasterCard Centre. It was a benefit for me and I saw a lot of value in that.”
Scrivens was asked if he had a chance to go to many Leafs games last season.
“No,” Scrivens said with a smile. “Leaf tickets are kind of tough to come by, and I don’t ask for them.”
PLENTY OF ACTION
The Leafs will have played five pre-season games before this week is done, leaving little time for practice.
The team’s special teams both need help, but coach Ron Wilson and his staff will not get to actual practice time for either until Thursday.
“I think any coach in the league would like four or five days of practice, but that is not the reality anymore,” Wilson said. “We play eight games and in the past it has been nine, and our camp is really only 20 days. There is a positive in playing this number of games. You tend to give younger people more looks, and it can only help them long term because of the experience they have.”
BROTHERS IN ARMS
There could be some brotherly love at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night when the Philadelphia Flyers visit. With Phil Kessel and Luke Schenn not playing on Monday night against Ottawa, it’s expected they will play on Tuesday. The Flyers will dress Brayden Schenn, Luke’s younger brother, and Blake Kessel, the younger brother of Phil, also was scheduled to make the trip north.