Expected roster for Marlies’ season opener

Jesse Blacker is one-of-eight defenceman competing for playing time this season with the Toronto Marlies

TORONTO– Head coach Dallas Eakins has trimmed his roster down to 27 players and has no intention of cutting anymore before his club’s season opener this Saturday against the Rochester Americans.

While his plan doesn’t include holding on to anymore players longer than he has too, especially for an extended amount of time, he has said on more than one occasion he is “comfortable starting the season with five lines.”

The players expected to make it to opening day are:


15 Spencer Abbott

14 Will Acton

18 Carter Ashton

11 Keith Aucoin

22 Joe Colborne

29 Jerry D’Amigo

9 Nicolas Deschamps

33 Jamie Devane

12 Ryan Hamilton

13 Nazem Kadri

87 Leo Komarov

39 Greg McKegg

37 Brad Ross

25 Kenny Ryan

8 Greg Scott

7 Mike Zigomanis


27 Jesse Blacker

2 Mark Fraser

19 Jake Gardiner

24 Simon Gysbers

5 Korbinian Holzer

21 Mike Kostka

17 Paul Ranger

4 Dylan Yeo


30 Ben Scrivens

40 Jussi Rynnas

1 Mark Owuya

Eakins has mix and matched line combinations in practice and nothing is set in stone with regards to who will dress on Saturday, or who will be scratched from the line up.  Plus the team will still practice Thursday and Friday. However, Wednesday’s practice had Ryan, Abbott and Ross skating as the “fifth line.” And Jamie Devane was sitting out with a hand injury suffered in an exhibition game against the Hamilton Bulldogs. There will also have to be two defenceman and a goaltender that sit out, but it’s likely that won’t be announced until game day.



5 Responses to Expected roster for Marlies’ season opener

  1. Anonymous says:

    What did the top lines look like in the last practice? What about PP? Thanks

  2. Anonymous says:

    What did the top lines and pp lines look like?

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