Engvall set for more opportunity with Maple Leafs, Brooks placed on waivers

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It’s time for Pierre Engvall to hit the Maple Leafs.

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With winger Ilya Mikheyev’s hand injury on Saturday night in the Leafs’ final preseason win against the Ottawa Senators, a player like Engvall will have an opportunity that would not have otherwise existed.

“He’s trying to establish himself and I thought he did a really good job defending himself once Mikheyev left,” Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after the Leafs beat Ottawa 4-1. “I skated and worked. He’s one of those guys who will have more opportunities now. “

Engvall said he “felt pretty good” after the game at Scotiabank Arena and was asked if he was trying to add more physical elements.

“It’s just a way of thinking,” Engvall said. “Once you get out, you try to let it go and play your game. You can’t go out and think about hitting. “

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In two preseason games after recovering from a hip injury, Engvall scored three goals.

The Leafs got a full day off Sunday, but the club made a move before final rosters are submitted to the National Hockey League before the 5 p.m. Monday deadline.

The Leafs put forward Adam Brooks on waivers, and Toronto may be holding its breath. Brooks has become a useful depth player, and it won’t be a surprise if Brooks is sacked by another club before 2pm Monday.

With Brooks’ move, forward Michael Amadio, who signed a two-way, one-year deal in July, has joined the team. Forward Kirill Semyonov also remains with the Leafs, but unlike Amadio, he does not require waivers to be sent to the Toronto Marlies.

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The expectation is that Mikheyev will be placed on long-term injured reserve. He fell awkwardly on his left hand during the first period Saturday night when he was checked by Sens defender Dillon Heatherington, and Keefe said after the game it wasn’t a short-term injury.

Above all, of course, is the status of superstar center Auston Matthews.

The Leafs’ best player has been hopeful during the preseason to be ready for Wednesday’s opener against the Montreal Canadiens after recovering from offseason surgery on his left wrist.

“It’s going to be a big factor for us as we get over the day off (Sunday),” Keefe said. “By Monday, we will have a better idea of ​​where it is.”

LOOSE LEAVES

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Forward Kurtis Gabriel and defender Alex Biega, placed on waivers by the Leafs on Saturday, cleared Sunday. The expectation is that each will be assigned to the Marlies … Forward Jimmy Vesey, who amounted to nothing with Toronto last season before the Vancouver Canucks claimed him out of waivers, reportedly signed a contract for one year and $ 800,000 with the New Jerseys. Devils after attending Devils camp on a pro test … Defender Mikko Lehtonen, another player who didn’t work out with the Leafs last season before being traded to Columbus, received exemptions from the Blue Jackets … Other players with Leafs ties placed in Sunday’s waivers included forwards Josh Leivo and Stefan Noesen (Carolina), Frederik Gauthier (NJ) and Dominic Toninato (Winnipeg).

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