by John Bartlett(LONDON, ON) –
The NHL Rookie Tournament is off to a good start for the scouting staff of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as their top three choices of the 2010 draft scored the first three goals. Brad Ross
, Sondre Olden
and Greg McKegg
all scored first period markers as the Leafs were 6-3 winners over the Chicago Blackhawks in London on Saturday night.
It was a big night for McKegg. The native of St.Thomas, Ontario stole the spotlight from London native Nazem Kadri
. McKegg and linemates Olden and Kenny Ryan
each had a goal and an assist with McKegg being named the game's first star.
"Obviously in a game like this you want to show what we can do,” said McKegg. “I was playing with Olden and Ryan for most of the game and we worked well together, we clicked and it’s great to get the start we did.”
Jerry D’Amigo, Ryan and Simon Gysbers
also had goals for Toronto in the victory. Jussi Rynnas
made 31 saves in his Maple Leafs debut. He was impressive in the second and third periods as he played a big role in the Leafs killing off a 5-on-3.
Another European signing, Marcel Mueller
showed good speed and a willingness to take the body against the Blackhawks.
David Gilbert, Kyle Beach and Jeremy Morin had the goals for Chicago, while Alec Richards took the loss in the Hawks net.
Toronto’s special teams got a work out as they tallied for three power play goals.
The Leafs will face the Penguins tomorrow night at 7pm in London. You can watch the game LIVE on Rogers TV in London and Toronto. It will be shown on tape delay at 8 p.m. on mapleleafs.com.