Nikolai Kulemin broke a small bone in his ankle blocking a shot in yesterday’s practice and will miss 2+ weeks of action.
With Clarkson still on the shelf for 8 more games due to suspension, the Leafs are looking paper thin at right wing all of a sudden. They’ve called up Spencer Abbott to replace Kulemin in the top 9 forwards. Jamie Devane was recalled in wake of Mark Fraser’s injury, as the Leafs have opted for 14 forwards and 6 defence for the time being. Morgan Rielly will step into Fraser’s place, and is expected to play alongside Cody Franson tonight.
Fraser was moved to the long term injured reserve yesterday, freeing up $1.275 million in cap space, which Spencer Abbott ($650,000) and Jamie Devane ($701,000) are now occupying.
An undrafted signing out of the University of Maine who tallied 13 goals and 33 points in 50 games for the Marlies last season before adding 5 points in 5 games in the playoffs, the 25-year-old Abbott didn’t look out of place in his preseason appearances. At 5’9, 170-pounds, Abbott does not bring the same physical and penalty killing elements Kulemin offers night in, night out. He’ll be missed, and the Leafs are going to have to find a way to cope without the depth of their two best two-way, grinding wingers.
The lines seem to be shaping up along these lines for tonight’s Battle of Ontario (just a guess):
JvR – Bozak – Kessel
Lupul – Kadri – Abbott
Raymond – Bolland – Bodie
Ashton – McClement – Orr
Phaneuf – Gunnarsson
Rielly – Franson
Gardiner – Ranger
James Reimer is expected to get the start in net against Ottawa, an opponent he holds a lifetime 8-1-1 record against.
Some players like Carlyle
“He (Carlyle) explains everything he does, even if you don’t get the minutes you want there’s an explanation for it, a reason for it,” Kadri said. “And he’ll come tell you personally, it’s not beating around the bush sending someone else to come preach.
“I just like the communication.”
“Before I didn’t really get the impression that I was kind of wanted in the lineup or I really deserved the minutes that I may have gotten,” Kadri said following Friday’s practice. “With Randy Carlyle it’s a whole different ballgame.
“He makes me feel like I belong here and I can be a big contributor here and I feel like that as well. As a young guy I just needed others to believe in me as well.”
i would of liked to see Raymond on the 2nd line. i can see why he's not as it gives them 3 lines to roll instead of 2. I can see lots of mix and matching going on till clarksons back
I watched the Marlies last season, and never noticed Spencer Abbott at all. Now he is playing in the top 6 with the Leafs. WTF ? Thats how weak Marlies are this season----- for forwards ?
@Shift_Disturber1 Honestly, I would say its what happend with me. I was actually really good at baseball, multiple MVPs, took teams to provincial champs and more. But when I turned 13-14-15 I was smarter and realized that it didnt matter how hard I tried I was 99% never going to make it anywhere being in Canada and not wanting to start experiencing with PEDs. More the fact Canadians dont usually make the majors though. I juat lost interest
@Shift_Disturber1 Wow! Parents don't let your kids grow up to be goalies then.
@Shift_Disturber1 I would assume it's largely because baseball is boring as hell, and far too slow for a generation of ADHD kids.
@GeorgeCastanza Oh yeah...the chick in the blue. She IS hot.
@wiski and we wonder why we're endlessly mocked by other fans..
@Burtonboy That's a great result, GR are no pushovers.
@Belfour20 Carlyle is not a well liked coach, from former players. Carlye wants to win games not win friends.
@mike_84 38 points in last 37 AHL games at defence. He's too good for the league. I wonder if anyone has looked at converting him into a forward?
@Shift_Disturber1 Who cares. So many people selling their stupid words...could care less. I just want to put my feet up, watch the games and ignore every guy trying to make money writing stuff or saying stuff. My alone time.
@mr_hanie The Marlies are terrible up front, it's not even a question. Leivo is the only prospect that has top-6 potential. I like Mckegg, Broll, D'Amigo and Devane but I don't see them as more than bottom 6 guys at best.
@Shift_Disturber1 He wouldnt have given them to them, if there were not a photo op to go along with it.
@Shift_Disturber1 should be bigger
Devane, Bodie or Ashton don't belong in the top 6. Carlyle sees Abbott as having a higher skill level.
I would prefer to see Devane over Ashton for this game.
@Jordan29 I'm not sure how old you are but unless you live in the sticks somewhere, living in Canada hasn't prevented any kid from being drafted in the last 20 years.
@Cameron19 I don't buy that 100%. They've been saying the same thing about each generation since I was a kid. It's definitely a slower game though.
But I agree with the original poster...baseball is just very hard. Your failure is very obvious. I coached little league for years and we had a hard time keeping kids from giving up when they didn't achieve immediate success.
@mr_hanie @Belfour20 Did you watch his press conference today? The guy seems legitimately nice. In fact he reminds of a guy I work with to a tee, who is a super nice guy. MacA was always a lazy player, and he probably hated Lindy Ruff too. He whines about being benched, I would've benched him a lot quicker than Carlyle did.
@Jordan29 It IS tougher on the East coast. I'm on Vancouver Island and we get kids drafted out of my son's league every year. He's 17. In fact, one of his coaches is actually a part-time scout for the Twins.
@Belfour20 @moimoi @mr_hanie I was talking about Carlyle actually. I never give a rats ass for MacA. He had one real nice season for us, but the team was garbage. Scoring 20 goals on a bad team is like scoring 10 on a good team. Those guys who put up stats on bad teams out of nowhere, rarely ever repeat their success with a decent team.