As always with NHL teams whether it be playoff clinchers or bottom feeders the respective club likes to take a dip in their farm system to see what they have and the Maple Leafs will be no different.
As we saw last year some of these end of year ‘try outs’ end up sticking and becoming impactful players as we witnessed with current Maple Leafs player Andreas Johnsson.
So we ask ourselves who will be this years call ups and is there potential for one or more to stay with the big club for a playoff run.
1. Jeremy Bracco
Maple Leafs 2nd round pick in 2015 Jeremy Bracco is putting together a season to remember with The Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Bracco ranks 1st in scoring on the marlies, he leads the AHL in assist, and ranks 3rd in the AHL in points with 15 goals 38 assists and 53 points in 52 games.
The slicked handed, unique skating right winger has the highest potential of a end of year call-up and following in Andreas Johnsson’s footsteps he could even potentially find himself remaining with the Maple Leafs for a playoff run.
2. Timothy Liljegren
Maple Leafs 1st round pick in 2017 Timothy Liljegren is praised highly by leafs GM Kyle Dubas, before falling to injury prior to the WJHC Dubas made it clear that Liljegren was headed towards a call-up.
Liljegren has 8 points in 22 games and is on the list of potential fill ins on the right side of the d-core, a position they desperately need to upgrade.
It is unlikely he sticks with the club for the playoffs but expect management to take a look at their young prospect once their playoff fate is decided.
3. Calle Rosen
In the summer of 2017 the Maple leafs signed free agent defenseman Calle Rosen. He would play in just 4 games for the big club before being sent to the Toronto Marlies to develop further and develop he did.
Rosen sits 1st in the AHL in scoring by defenseman with 43 points in 50 games and is a +10.
Although Rosen is more than worthy of a call up it will be tough to fit him in on a already left handed crowded blue line.
4. Rasmus Sandin
Maple Leafs 1st round pick in 2018 Rasmus Sandin has been everything you could ask for from an 18 year old playing in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies.
In 24 games in his rookie season he has recorded 5 goals and 11 points.
An injury may have decreased his chances of an end of season look from the Maple Leafs as well as the fact he is also a left handed defenseman however managment would love to see what this kid can do at an NHL level.