Some of them are destined to head back to the AHL, but of the 7 Toronto Marlies called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs camp, some will stick. They include 1 goalie, 4 defensemen and 2 forwards, with all but one having NHL experience.
Here are the 7 who'll be at the abbreviated Leafs camp fighting for a roster spot on the big club: Ben Scrivens (G); Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka, Korbinian Holzer and Mark Fraser (D); Matt Frattin and Nazem Kadri (F).
Here's a run-down of those players:GOAL:Ben Scrivens: The 26-year-old is the number 1 goalie for the Marlies, though Jussi Rynnas has better stats. Scrivens is 14-7-1 in 22 games with 2 shutouts and a .2.22. GAA and 917 save percentage. Rynnas is 5-2-1 in just 8 games and has 3 shutouts, a 1.83 GAA and a .943 save percentage. But Scrivens, who played 12 games for the Leafs last season, gets the call to battle it out with James Reimer for number 1. That is unless, of course, a deal for Roberto Luongo or another goalie muddies up the Leafs goalie waters.
DEFENSEKorbinian Holzer: Holzer, 24, is playing well defensively in the AHL, he's a plus 12 in 30 games, with a goal and 7 assists and is part of the Marlies main shut-down defensive pairing. Last season he had 2 games with the Leafs, going pointless. The German national has a broken foot but is managing to play through it.
Mike Kostka: The 27-year-old offensive defensemen is getting prime power-play time and having a strong campaign with 6 goals and 28 assists for 34 points and is a plus 7. Kostka has yet to play a game in the NHL and this may his last chance at getting there.
Jake Gardiner: The blue-chip defence prospect is coming back from a month off with what was described a whiplash/concussion. His stats, 9 goals, 8 assists for 17 points in 22 games, are fine and he'd been playing well when hurt. Despite being only 22 he is NHL ready and has played 75 NHL games, all in the 2011-12 season when he had 7 goals and 23 assists for 30 points and was a minus 2.
Mark Fraser: The other half of the Marlies main shut-down pairing, the 26-year-old, has 2 goals and 3 assists with the Marlies and is a plus 9. He's the most NHL experienced of all the players brought up and has 98 NHL games to his credit, all with the New Jersey Devils.
FORWARDMatt Frattin: The just turned 25-year-old right-winger has combined some offense (9-7-16 in 20 games) with physical play and has a shot at a fourth line spot with Toronto. He's got 8 goals and 15 points in the 57 games he's played with big club over the past two seasons. In the 2011-12 AHL playoffs he had 10 goals in 13 games and was a big part of the Marlies success.
Nazem Kadri: Rumored with Jake Gardiner to be a player the Vancouver Canucks are asking for when talking about a Roberto Luongo trade, Kadri needs to step it up and show his potential is being realized. Bothered by a hip injury, he's shown some flashes of being NHL ready in the AHL this season and has 8 goals and 18 assists for 26 points in 27 games. The 22-year-old's NHL totals in 51 games over the past three seasons are 8-11-19.
NHL training camps start on Sunday and the league likely gets going the following Saturday, Jan. 19. Schedules are expected to be released once the players finish voting on the new CBA early in the morning of Sat., Jan. 12.