The Maple Leafs submitted their 21-man roster to the NHL ahead of Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline, after announcing that center Auston Matthews will miss the first three games and forward Ilya Mikheyev is in need of wrist surgery.
With Matthews still not quite ready to return after an offseason wrist surgery, and Mikheyev now out for up to eight weeks, Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas and coach Sheldon Keefe handed a forward spot to Michael Amadio.
They also lost versatile forward Adam Brooks to the Montreal Canadiens on waivers.
“It was a tough decision,” Keefe said of the loss to Brooks. “It wasn’t one that I was involved in; it was a management decision. As a coaching staff, we believed in both players. Adam came in and did very well for us (four goals and eight points in 18 games in the last two seasons). Michael had a lot more experience in the league … it was a decision he had to make. “
Amadio, who played four seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and signed a back-and-forth deal with the Leafs in the offseason, said he “came into camp with the right attitude. I think coming here in early summer and training with the guys gave me more confidence. I think (the two-way contract) also gave me a little more push. “
The Leafs, facing the NHL’s $ 81.5 million salary cap, also loaned forward Kirill Semyonov to the AHL Marlies.
Here’s the 21-man projected roster for Wednesday night’s opener against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena:
John Tavares, Mitch Marner, Nick Ritchie, Alex Kerfoot, William Nylander, Michael Bunting, David Kämpf, Ondrej Kaše, Michael Amadio, Jason Spezza, Wayne Simmonds, Pierre Engvall
Morgan Rielly, TJ Brodie, Jake Muzzin, Justin Holl, Rasmus Sandin, Travis Dermott, Timothy Liljegren
Jack Campbell and Petr Mrázek
C Auston Matthews, F Ilya Mikheyev
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