Maple Leafs 2012 Rookie Camp Attendee’s

Here is a rough outline of the 2012 rookie camp attendee’s with the approximate starting rosters (they switched it around on the last day) including the jersey numbers that were confirmed via BIG BLUE on (Thank you to Kyle Cicerella for the prospect team breakdown list):

Team Blue

F: Cory Kane (#59), Brendan Silk (#61), Tyler Biggs (#62), Brad Ross (#65), Reto Schaeppi (#68), Ryan Rupert (#79), Richard Gelke (#85), David Wolf (#86), Tony Cameranesi (#90), Adam Hughesman (#91), Joel Wigle (#92), Matt Rupert (#94)

D: Morgan Rielly (#44), Eric Knodel (#66), Matt Finn (#76), Viktor Loov (#80), Justin Harmonic (#87), Tom Nilsson (#96)

G: Ander Alcaine (#71), Mathias Niederberger (#72)

Team White

F: Charles Sarault (#56), Greg Carey (#60), Nick Sorkin (#63), Jamie Devane (#67), Greg McKegg (#69), Sam Carrick (#70), Dominic Toninato (#77), Connor Brown (#78), Andrew Crescenzi (#83), David Broll (#88), Josh Leivo (#89), Brett Welychka (#95)

D: Justin Baker (#53), Jason Shaw (#57), Petter Grannberg (#64), Ben Oskroba (#74), Stuart Percy (#75), Dennis Robertson (#97), Max Everson (#98)

G: Garret Sparks (#73), Franky Palazzese (#74)


Here is the second scrimmage video(s) greatly provided by ‘polak9pete’ via youtube:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Part 5:


and finally here are some draft notes on some of those attendee’s:

*from @416_Draft over at Draft Schmaft


Tyler Biggs: The greatest improvement in Biggs’ play could be attributed to the skating work he has put in over the past month. Biggs seems to have more explosiveness and his diagonal cuts were sharp. Biggs found open ice for himself on several occasions. His wrist shot did not hit the net but had some heat to it. Played a physical game which should come as no surprise to anyone.

Dominic Toninato: Toninato played a solid two-way game during the last two days of camp. He wasn’t very flashy but made the right plays at the right time. He used his stick well when playing defence, fending off much more physically mature forwards. While compete levels can be ‘inflated’ to impress at camps such as this one, it is worth noting that Toninato was a factor at both ends of the ice. Toninato also finished well, scoring in tight with little time on hand.

Tony Cameranesi: In my previous post, I mentioned I would like to see more creativity out of the undersized centre. It turns out Cameranesi was just getting comfortable. Cameranesi, again between Biggs and Ross, drove that line with speed but used his vision to make several eye-catching passes. He also protected the puck well, showing some strength in the process. Cameranesi is likely effective with regular linemates if he continues to incorporate them in the play more often.

David Wolf – Knowing very little about Wolf, he was someone who stood out immediately. Wolf seems to have a lot of core strength and his build shows it. Understandably, he is a tough target to move. In front of the net, behind it, or along the walls, Wolf simply does not give up the puck easy and can bring out front while fighting off defenders. His skating requires a lot of work.


Morgan Rielly: As advertised. Competes with Tony Cameranesi for best skater award at camp. A multi-directional skater who gives the impression of his skates barely touching the ice surface. His pivots are smooth and effortless and Rielly has great lateral mobility. Rielly showed great hockey sense and vision in where he places himself, how he navigates through bodies, and how he chooses to attack the offensive zone. As Jim Hughes stated, his passes are hard and quick and in my opinion – at the pro-level. Rielly also sought out and found open lanes before shooting…enough about offence…what surprised me most was how well he played defence. His anticipation of plays created turnovers and he advanced the puck forward. In his own zone, Rielly showed patience as his slick turns kept defenders at bay. Rielly’s speed allows him to regain position in his own zone to handle one-on-one plays. After Stuart Percy, Rielly may have played the best defence today.

Tom Nilsson: An effective defenceman who skates deceptively well and understands positioning. Nilsson is calculating and will use his body to neutralize plays by pinning his target along the boards. With the puck, Nilsson shows patience looking for the optimal pass, which he throws hard to advance the play.Nilsson allows his strong offensive instincts to lead him on rushes, skating down the wing – even to the goal line – before cutting hard and driving to the net. When I brought this up with Dave Morrison, Leafs Dir. of Amateur Scouting, he mentioned Nilsson has some ‘pop’ to his game. It will be interesting to see what kind of player Nilsson develops into with more experience and confidence.

Eric Knodel – Someone I have been following if for no other reason than to see how a 6’6 defenceman develops. Knodel moves well for someone with his height but he needs to get quicker to compete more effectively. Knodel just completed his first season with the Wildcats so he has not seen as much ice-time as some of the other prospects his age. Admittedly, he mentioned that the Leafs development staff have given him homework to improve his footwork. Knodel showed good hockey sense with the puck advancing the puck quickly out of his own zone. He can also afford to be more physical along the boards.

Dennis Robertson – Robertson maintained a low profile but made a couple of excellent first passes. He showed poise under pressure, holding on to the puck until he had drawn in a forechecker before quickly advancing the play. He didn’t venture too far beyond his own blueline but took advantage of openings by completing passes through the neutral zone.


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