Preseason Post Game: Flyers 3 vs. Leafs 2 (SO)

Preseason Post Game: Flyers 3 vs. Leafs 2 (SO)

The Leafs dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Philadelphia Flyers in a sloppy second game of preseason. Remarkably, Phil Kessel took 6 minutes worth of aggressive stick infractions.

Becoming known for eating up his former team, James van Riemsdyk opened the scoring after cutting off a pass on the left board in the neutral zone. He got in behind the Flyer defenceman and roofed it far side on a goaltender named “Heeter.”

Answering for the other side of the transaction, Luke Schenn tied the game at 1s with seconds remaining in the first frame. Mark Fraser awkwardly tried to block a point shot (that was going wide) and it wound up bounding off his foot and splitting Jonathan Bernier between the wickets. Bernier was yelling at Fraser to get out of the lane, apparently.

Jamie Devane restored the Toronto lead in the second period by accomplishing something I expect he’ll do rarely if ever again in a Leaf uniform, which is score a goal. Coming off the bench as Trevor Smith battled for the puck, the disc sprung loose before Devane skated onto it and threw a slapshot on net. Brad Ross’ presence around the goalmouth seemed to distract Heeter as he got beat cleanly on the short side from 50+ feet.

Bruno Gervais tied the game at 2s in the third period, stepping over the blueline and beating Drew MacIntyre clean over the glove. After some heroic bail outs in the second half of the second period, MacIntyre had a good look at the shot and probably should have had it.

The game needed a shootout, which took many rounds to complete. JvR, Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson scored for the Leafs in the losing effort.

A few thoughts:

- Pretty garbage game to watch. It’s hard to make judgments and will be until teams start icing something closer to their real lineups plus one or two bubble players.

- Clarkson wasted no time making an impact in this one as his renowned intensity was apparent from puck drop. He had a nice chance in the slot on his first shift as his line alongside Carter Ashton and Greg McKegg applied some early pressure. Clarkson provided another good shift to start the 2nd. After chirping at Rosehill off the faceoff, he got in on the forecheck and outbattled the 6’6 Oliver Lauridsen for the puck. He threw a hit, separated the man, retrieved the puck, and sent it back to the point. The Leafs did not have enough forwards who could do those things consistently last season. The shift-to-shift intensity, his work rate and pure fury when he competes down low is a breath of fresh air. Clarkson also dropped the gloves with Nicklas Grossman after sustaining a big hit from Grossman earlier in the shift.

- Jonathan Bernier put on a solid 16-save performance in his 30 minute half. He made his biggest save on Nick Cousins in the second period. Cousins pulled it around the sprawling defenceman and Bernier rather calmly closed down the angle to make the save. Bernier also got some praise from the broadcast crew for leaving his crease to make a smart play on a loose puck that got in behind a Leafs defenceman in the first period. In the second period, Bernier made a sharp reactionary poke check to negate a fast-developing scoring chance right in his goalmouth. Just the one goal against for Bernier, which he was handcuffed on.

- Petter Granberg seems like he needs a good chunk of AHL time to adjust. He had a better third period, but he looked a little lost to me in the first 40, whether it’s the pace, style of play, size of the rink, or all the above.

- T.J. Brennan moved the puck well, and showed off a nice point shot on a few occasions.

- I saw two nice scramble plays around the net by Andrew MacWilliam where he might have saved a goal. He moves pretty efficiently for a big man. He also caught a Flyer with a nice hit at the offensive blueline that drew a bit of a crowd. Two good showings in a row from MacWilliam, who is ahead of Granberg if I am arranging my depth chart based on these past two games (he’s also two years older). Granberg needs some time.

- Tough game to make a call on any of the bubble players at forward.

- Rielly had a tough second period. First he got beat outside by Luke Schenn, of all people, leading to a chance in the slot that MacIntyre snuffed out with a great glove save. Anthony has mentioned this before, but for a great skater Rielly seems to get walked on to the outside on occasion. This was Luke Schenn, to boot. Rielly also went on a little fishing expedition later on in the period and got caught up ice, leading to a breakway which McIntyre also bailed him out on. It’s tough, because ideally Rielly could work on a few of these things playing against men in the AHL. It’s tough to send a kid with those skills and that type of poise beyond his years back to junior, but I think I’m for it. Rielly will have plenty more preseason appearances to try to change that impression.

- Jake Gardiner was his high-event self, pulling off some pond hockey stunts. Flying forward with reckless abandon, flying back to cover his butt.

Game in Six

353 comments
DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

D'Amigo cut already. That's a surprise.

theacs1966
theacs1966

The play button over Riley's face on the video on the side, looks like a soother.

Dink
Dink

D'Amigo?

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Jmessih 

Abbott looked good to me last game he played.  creative.  reminded me of Aucoin.  not sure if i actually typed it, but i was thinking he'd be a capable fill-in if a certain role opened up due to injury or something.  too small to gaurantee anything, and he'll probably take a similar path to the NHL as Aucoin did...sooner or later i think he stands a chance of making it, if he's got the nads

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Jmessih EVeryone needs to relax about Granberg.  He's clearly not ready.  He missed a lot of last season and now he's got to learn how to play on different ice.  He must read and react much faster over here, give him at least half a season to work it out over here.  It's not like we have a roster spot for him anyway.  He needs to be with the Marlies, learn their systems and teammates, it's there that he'll learn how to play over here.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Jmessih  I understand that they may have made these cuts based on players who they want from the beginning of camp with Marlies (new coach).. already know they will not make final cut... others who may not make final cut need waivers like Holzer or something else .. = deal. realeased etc

Dink
Dink

D'amigo?

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Anthony Petrielli  How did Ryan not get cut when he has not played?  Leivo and D'Amigo surprised.. I think Brennan and MacWilliam good to keep but guess they cut Holzer last as he will go through waivers

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Damn, wrong link. Twitter didn't copy like it was supposed to. Cuts have been announced.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Jmessih  No news yet.. My guess is they are either debating a few or want to speak to them individually/personally to break it to them and explain what they need to work on...

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Jmessih @Dangle_My_Berries A great way to generate revenue would be to have active adds on the boards. Have the inner layer of the boards protective of a fibre optic panel and display adverts that change, like they have on the sidelines in soccer.

Also have a laser in the sky that projects adds onto the ice during stoppages in play.

Caching!

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Jmessih @Dangle_My_Berries god I hope it doesnt come to that. The Jersey is an iconic item, it shouldn't be subject to copious advertising. KHL and Euro league teams, that have every everything and their jock branded, looks horrible. No pride in the jersey and logo

JWaterdrager
JWaterdrager

They didn't send him to the Marlies, they send him to Belize.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@theacs1966 @Greg Fenton @Jmessih One of hte issues with Rielly is his cap number. If he sticks with the team that might be nail int he coffin for Franson. 

Though to be fair, the forwards are just as set as the D right now, and there isn't really a "Rielly" type prospects in the Leafs system that anyone should expect to break into the Leafs forward group, same with the goalies. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Greg Fenton @theacs1966 @Jmessih Well some of it is legit.  Granberg was never realistic.  Riley will get a long look and maybe a tryout.  But for the most part our D is set, that could change if Liles or Franson is traded/signed.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@theacs1966 @Jmessih I completely agree, but to be fair its not just Granberg hype, its the hype about/around all the Leaf prospects. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Jmessih @theacs1966 For what purpose, he's gotta go to the farm anyway, there are no spots open for him.  One game with Ranger isn't going to do anything.  The more games we play the closer we get to the starting lineup, I want to see Ranger trying D pairs, that he'll actually play with.  I'm tired of the Grandberg hype, it's rare a European D Rookie makes it to an NHL team.  HIs team were the champs but he missed most of the season, then he was good in a tourney.  None of those things are bad, they're just not enough to warrant a longer look at this level.  Most players play in the minors first anyway, and I'll say it again, there is no spot for him at the Leaf level.  And anyway, he's gone, you won't see him this year unless we have a bunch of injuries to the blue line.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Jmessih @theacs1966 72 games on the farm will do him much better than 15 shifts playing against guys he's mostly will be playing against anyway.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Jmessih @theacs1966 @CanuckUKinToronto He's old for a rookie.  25 or 26, most likely a career minor leaguer.  I think he signed out of college for only one season so he's not still on his ELC, not sure what that does to his status.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

when i watched Ryan play on the Marlies last year i was impressed with the improvement and the physical effort he showed.  i even commented i wouldn't be surprised if he competed for a grinder's role this year.

to me he's a little different now than Ashton and D'Amigo - i think they have more offense to develop int he minors still.  Ryan is a little more solid and "safe" and has lost his top 6 appeal.

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

Trying to post the correct link but my phone is fucking me around

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@CanuckUKinToronto @Marlies Man @Dangle_My_Berries @Jmessih Yeah, except we have a salary cap so we wouldn't benefit that much. I suppose it would drive up the revenue and the cap significantly with the deals the bigger teams could potentially strike up, though I'm not sure North American fans would like such a big change.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Marlies Man @Dangle_My_Berries @Jmessih  Except it is huge money.. Big clubs like Man United are getting $240m over 8 years..  That is direct bottom line contribution.. So think Leafs could get a similar deal for over $100m.. Lets say $10m-$20m per season straight profit... They are the richest club now and their operating profit is $81m so if they can increase profits from 12-20%.. they will consider it

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

@Dangle_My_Berries @Jmessih I like European football but I'm not a fan of the big advert in the middle of the jerseys and a small logo in the corner. That's what's ridiculous.