Toronto Maple Leafs: Players to Watch During Rookie Tournament

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Jun 26, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Mitchell Marner poses for a photo with team executives after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Many players will look to make a statement as the Toronto Maple Leafs get first peak of young future

As the summer draws to a close, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens will come together for their annual rookie tournament. In years past it gave the NHL clubs an opportunity to assess their prospect pool before training camp, while giving the fans an opportunity to see what the future holds for their team.

This year the Leafs have many young names to keep an eye on – some more obvious then others – but with the new directions under Brendan Shanahan, it will be important to see which players can shine in the big moment and prove they belong with the Leafs. Toronto announced their team last month, with many familiar names on the list.

Forwards (16)

Dzierkals, Martins

Foster, TJ

Gauthier, Frederik

Hyman, Zachary

Joly, Michael

Kapanen, Kasperi

Korostelev, Nikita

Latour, Bradley

Marner, Mitchell

Nylander, William

Piccinich, J.J.

Rodewald, Jack

Soshnikov, Nikita

Timashov, Dmytro

Vail, Brady

Verhaeghe, Carter

Defencemen (10)

Brouillard, Nikolas

Dermott, Travis

Desrocher, Stephen

Donaghey, Cody

Finn, Matt

Jamieson, Aiden

Lizotte, Cameron

Miller, Brenden

Nielsen, Andrew

Valiev, Rinat

Goaltenders (2)

Nichols, Justin

Peressini, Lucas

Next: Which forwards will stand out?