Impressions made by any of the 42 youngsters on the ice at the MasterCard Center may not translate to any success at the NHL level in the short term, but a few eyebrows were raised at Tuesday's Blue-And-White scrimmage in Etobicoke.
Maple Leafs 2012 first-round pick Morgan Rielly got his first taste of action in a Leafs uniform and appeared tentative in the first of two 25 minute scrimmages, but in the latter half appeared more confident and attempted to create more offensive chances with his skating ability and creativity.
2011 draft picks Tyler Biggs and David “Brolldozer” Broll dropped the gloves 3 seconds into the festivities and later Broll had a second tête-à-tête with German free-agent David Wolf.
At last year's prospect camp, Plymouth's Mitchell Heard was the free agent invitee that opened the most eyes and earned another look Toronto's rookie training camp, which translated into a successful OHL campaign and being selected by Colorado in the second round as a 20-year-old. This seasons Heard could be winger Adam Hughesman, who scored 50 goals for the WHL’s Tri-City Americans as an overage Junior and looked sharp scoring a goal and generating a number of other chances.
2010 third round pick Greg McKegg scored two goals and continues to be the one of the organization’s better prospects, but needs to build on this success in junior and impressive performances at the last two training camps to make the jump to the NHL in the near future.
Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes believes that the 20-year-old has the tools to be a successful pro, if only if he works hard on the wanting aspects of his game.