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Marlies veterans eye open jobs with expansion Golden Knights

For some players on the Toronto Marlies, the future seems certain: Kasperi Kapanen looks destined for a role with the Maple Leafs. Travis Dermott seems on his way to a long look at training camp. Carl Grundstrom has jump-started his North American career.The future for others seems murkier. Whether it is an expiring contract or the spectre of being lost in an expansion draft, the spring seems fraught with drama for those just a little further down the Maple Leafs’ depth chart.“There’s 12 more forward jobs (in the NHL) for everybody. It will be interesting to see how things play out,” said winger Brendan Leipsic, a restricted free agent and a prime candidate to be exposed to the expansion draft. “I’d be lying if I said I don’t read some of the stuff. It’s going to be an interesting summer. A lot of stuff is going to happen, a lot of movement.“All you can control is how you prepare for the season. You’ll see where you end up.”Wingers Kerby Rychel, who led the Marlies in scoring, and 24-year-old Seth Griffith are two more young forwards at crossroads. They believe they have what it takes to be NHL regulars, but they haven’t made the breakthrough.Article Continued Below“Everyone wants to be in the NHL for sure,” said Rychel, 22, who played 37 games with Columbus over two seasons. “I’m sure everyone believes they can be in there. Next year is a big year for myself. It’s off-season now, and a lot of things can happen. I have to train for next year, no matter where I am.”Griffith had an unusual season, getting NHL time with the Leafs and Panthers before settling in with the Marlies. He sees Vegas as a lifeline for players like him.“You hope it works in your favour if things don’t work out in Toronto,” said Griffith, who has 58 NHL games to his credit. “I’m going to bear down this summer, and I want to stick in the NHL next year. That’s my main goal.

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