NHL training camp always comes with a certain level of competition. Various players compete for jobs, look to move up on the depth chart and prove their worth in the big leagues. Itís never any different for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but this time around you can expect even more.

Potential Leafs Matt Frattin, Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri, Joe Colborne, Ben Scrivens and Jesse Blacker, as well free agent and trade additions such as Jay McClement and James van Riemsdyk, will all be looking to solidify the best spots possible in the Leafsí lineup this fall. As well, players such as Tyler Bozak and Mikhail Grabovski will be looking to improve their standing in the organization when training camp opens.

What does all of this mean? It means that you can expect a training camp like no other before; one that should even set the tone for the Leafs as a team this upcoming season.

The forwards

Prior to the trade that saw James van Riemsdyk join the Maple Leafs in exchange for defenceman Luke Schenn, just about everyone criticised general manager Brian Burke for failing to upgrade his top-six forward group year after year. Now that he has, those same people are beginning to notice an issue up front: an extra forward.

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