| Karel Pilar was a hot topic during training camp.
Matt Akler --mapleleafs.com
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that defenceman Karel Pilar (pronounced kah-REHL pee-LARSH) has been recalled from the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League. Forward Alexei Ponikarovsky was returned to St. John's on Sunday.
Playing in his first season with St. John's, Pilar recorded eight goals and six assists in 39 games played this season. He had a plus 2 mark with 74 shots on goal and 20 minutes in penalties. He currently leads all St. John's defencemen in goals this season.
Pilar wore sweater number 45 while competing in six preseason games for Toronto in September. He recorded one goal (PPG), no assists and four penalty minutes in preseason action.
Pilar, 24, was the Maple Leafs' second-round selection, 39th overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft. Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Pilar participated in nine games (0g, 0a) for the Gold Medal-winning Czech Republic entry at the 2001 World Hockey Championship held in Germany.