Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Leafs Ready to Go, Swedish Defenceman Andreas Borgman Locks Down Final Spot

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Leafs Ready to Go, Swedish Defenceman Andreas Borgman Locks Down Final Spot

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Borgman secures final spot on Leafs roster

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TORONTO - The battle for the last remaining spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs' roster came down to two Swedish defenceman, and in the end Andreas Borgman outmuscled countryman Calle Rosen for the honour.

Borgman skated on Toronto's third pairing alongside Connor Carrick at the team's final practice before coach Mike Babcock had to submit his 23-man roster to the league by Tuesday's 5 p.m. ET deadline.

Babcock said Borgman's size advantage was a deciding factor.

"I just think the biggest thing is, when you're heavy... my buddy is a fireman and he always tells me (when) you drive a big vehicle, no matter how many air bags are in the little vehicle the big vehicle wins every time," Babcock said." Well when you're 230 (pounds) and you're bumping into 190 (pounds) the bigger guy wins.

"When you run into him people fall over."

Rosen, who doesn't need to clear waivers for demotion, will join the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies after being the odd man out at Tuesday's skate, leaving the Leafs with 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two goalies to open the season Wednesday night at the Winnipeg Jets.

Borgman and Rosen, both signed this summer as free agents out of the Swedish Hockey League, are six foot, but listed at 205 pounds and 174 pounds respectively on the team's training camp list.

The 22-year-old Borgman also impressed Babcock with the way he can transition the play out of his own end. In 45 games last season with the SHL's HV71, he produced five goals and 15 points and won the league's rookie of the year honours.

"His edges are elite as well, so he can make that good breakout pass," said Babcock. "Now does he have a lot to learn? Absolutely, but we like a lot of things about him."

The biggest question up front for the Leafs before opening night was who would be their fourth-line centre in Winnipeg. …

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