From what I remember, the high # rule for new players was Burke's, so maybe they will be allowed to pick their own number. That may have just been for training camp. 53 is pretty bad lol.
It is nearly a general tradition around the NHL these days to keep with that training camp number if these guys do make the NHL out of camp. This wasn't just a Brian Burke "rule", it is more of a loose guideline these days and you'll see a lot of youngsters respecting this rule throughout the league.
Especially with a storied franchise such as the Leafs.
Some guys are very superstitious and think its positive to keep the number they had coming out of camp.
They don't have to stick to them, Kadri has said that he wants to keep 43 and that it will be his number on the Leafs.
really so why is Kulemin still with 41?
Kadri would have had 91 at the time (now maybe he just wants to keep it for w/e reason, maybe he's drunk. Who in their right mind would buy that jersey when 91 is so much better)
It really looks like we are icing a bunch of back up training camp players
whats the problem with giving them their numbers at camp and if they make the team they keep it... Kadri 91 Komorov 87 etc...