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Mastrosimone on Toronto’s Roster for Rookie Tournament in TC



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Robert Mastrosimone, a former Detroit draft pick, is playing for the Maple Leafs in the rookie tournament.

The Toronto Maple Leafs finalized their roster for this week’s NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City on Tuesday.

Fourteen of the 26 players, including 2023 top pick Easton Cowan, were drafted by the Leafs. They are coached by Toronto Marlies boss John Gruden.

They will join prospects from the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Red Wings in games starting Thursday and running through Sunday.

The Maple Leafs roster has a Michigan flavor. Max Ellis (Plymouth) and defenseman Tommy Miller (West Bloomfield) are Michigan natives. Forward Robert Mastrosimone,  second-round pick by the Red Wings in 2019, also is on Toronto’s roster. Toronto’s top prospect, Matthew Knies, will play in Traverse City.

The Maple Leafs play their first game Thursday against Columbus at 3:30 p.m. They play the Red Wings Sunday at 2 p.m.

Maple Leafs roster

Here is the Toronto squad, with player, 2022-23 team(s), and how acquired by the Maple Leafs. Players noted as drafted by other teams were signed as free agents.

Forwards — Easton Cowan (London (OHL), 2023 first round); Max Ellis (T0ronto (AHL), free agent);  Jacob Frasca (Barrie (AHL), free agent);  Tyson Greenway (Tri-City (WHL), free agent); Roni Hirvonen (HIFK (Liiga) ,v 2020 second round);  Matthew Knies (Minnesota (Big Ten)/Toronto (NHL), 2021 second round); Braedan Kressler (Flint (OHL), free agent); Brandon Lisowsky (Saskatoon (WHL), 2022 seventh round); Robert Mastrosimone (Arizona State, 2019 Detroit second round); Fraser Minten (Kamloops (WHL), 2022 second round); Dmitry Ovchinnikov (Sibir Niovosibirek (KHL)/Toronto (AHL), 2020 fifth round); Ryan Tverberg (Connecticut (Hockey East)/Toronto (AHL), 2010 seventh round); Ty Voit (Sarnia (OHL), 2021 fifth round); Tyler Weiss (Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC), 2018 Colorado fourth round).

Defensemen — Noah Chadwick (Lethbridge (WHL), 2023 sixth round); Nolan Dillingham (Sarnia (OHL), free agent); Mikko Kokkonen (Newfoundland/Toronto (AHL), 2019 third round); Mazden Leslie (Vancouver (WHL), free agent); Tommy Miller (Newfoundland/Toronto (AHL), free agent); Topi Niemela (Karpat (Liiga)/Toronto (AHL), 2023 third round);  Spencer Sova (Erie (OHL), free agent); Jonny Tychonick (Nebraska-Omaha/Toronto (AHL), 2018 Ottawa second round); William Villaneuve (Toronto (AHL), 2020 fourth round).

Goalies— Luke Cavallin (Newfoundland (ECHl0,v free agent); Dennis Hildeby (Farjestad BK (SHL)/Toronto (AHL); 2022 fourth round); Vyacheslav Pekur (Bars Kazan (VIL)/Irbis Kazan (MHL), 2021 sixth round).