Maple Leafs shrink size of prospects camp

William Nylander, selected eighth overall by the Maple Leafs in the NHL draft, will take part in...

William Nylander, selected eighth overall by the Maple Leafs in the NHL draft, will take part in Toronto's prospects camp. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:34 PM ET

TORONTO - Just as regular schools emptied in June, classes are now in session for Maple Leaf prospects.

And this camp could be the most intense ever from a teaching perspective for 29 kids, comprised of recent draft picks and a handful of young free agents. It’s set up so there’s never a dull moment between reveille sounding about 7 a.m. Monday at a downtown hotel until on-ice drills and outside activities wrap up late Friday.

“We’ve gone smaller than in previous years of having up to 40 kids,” said Jim Highes, the club’s director of player development. “We’ll have a combination of a lot of situational teaching this year, a lot of one-to-one, with our usual activities. It’s all to do with working the trade better.”


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