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Maple Leafs send prospects to minors as part of final major round of cuts

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TORONTO - The Maple Leafs have made almost the last of their training-camp cuts, sending William Nylander and others to the minors.

The Leafs are down to 24 healthy players, including 14 forwards and eight defencemen, and must make one final cut before the final deadline Tuesday.

None of the moves came as a surprise as the Leafs want Nylander and other prospects to develop in the minors before they make the leap to the NHL.

Joining Nylander in going to the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies are forwards Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Nikita Soshnikov and Rich Clune, defencemen Stuart Percy, Viktor Loov and Rinat Valiev and goaltenders Garret Sparks and Antoine Bibeau.

The Leafs put defencemen T.J. Brennan and Andrew Campbell and forwards Sam Carrick, Matt Frattin and Byron Froese on waivers Sunday to try to get them to the Marlies.

Toronto also designated defenceman Petter Granberg as injured non-roster.

Among those left on the roster is defenceman Scott Harrington, who was part of the trade that sent Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1.

It's not clear if the Leafs will carry eight defencemen to start the season.

The Leafs open the regular season and the Mike Babcock era Wednesday night at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

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