Toronto Marlies Practice Update Ahead of Round 2

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Photo: Graig Abel

TORONTO – On Wednesday morning, the Toronto Marlies took to the ice at Ricoh Coliseum as they prepare to head to Chicago on Thursday for their 2nd round matchup against the Wolves.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Spencer Abbott and Peter Holland were cleared for contact and traded their red non-contact uniforms for white ones.  Abbott, who’s been out since March 31st with an upper body injury, looked great on the ice.
  • Abbott and Holland were re-united with Carter Ashton to form the team’s top line
  • Towards the end of practice, Steve Spott had the 5 on 3 and 5 on 4 powerplay units working.  Spencer Abbott was back on the blue line on the first powerplay unit which made his partner T.J. Brennan quite happy.  “It’s definitely nice to have him (Abbott) and ‘holly’ (Peter Holland) back there, two really skilled guys who are going to be big for us.”  Said Brennan.  “Me and ‘abber’ (Spencer Abbott) have a good connection this year, and to have him back is huge.”
  • The powerplay struggled in round 1, going 3/19, but Steve Spott said he isn’t concerned. “We scored timely powerplay goals,” Said Spott. “I think you have to give Milwaukee a lot of credit, they did a nice job on us, but with Holland and Abbott coming in, I’m hoping that helps the powerplay out, but we did score timely powerplay goals so I’ll take those.”
  • Steve Spott said his team needs to avoid getting into ‘track meet’ type games with Chicago, saying his team isn’t the type of team to play that style effectively.
  • Before main practice began around 10:30, goaltending coach Piero Greco was on the ice with Christopher Gibson doing some work.  Fabrice Herzog, Zach Yuen, Carter Verhaeghe, Frederik Gauthier and Connor Brown were on the ice taking shots.  It’s unlikely that any of them draw into game action unless the injury bug strikes.

LINES:

Ashton – Holland – Abbott

Leivo – McKegg – Carrick

D’Amigo – Smith – Kozun

Broll/Devane – Smithson – Ryan

Extra’s – Staubitz, Biggs, McLaren and Ross

Defence:

Marshall – Brennan

Holzer – MacWilliam

Percy – Granberg

Yeo – Knodel

  • Zep2

    After reading APs piece on our bottom 6 the 6 guys you name have legit shots at making the Leafs out of camp

  • Burtonboy

    Zep2  I’d include McWilliam and Broll as hopefuls to make the Leafs out of camp as well.

  • Zep2

    Broll has got pretty good hockey skill for a guy his size.

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Zep2  At least we should get back to a full 23 man roster this yr. . Most of last year we where a man or 2 short because of cap.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Good write up, go marlies! On a side note, today has to be the day we hear something about the coaching staff right?

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Burtonboy Zep2  One of the major contributors to the collapse IMO. This is a 4 line league these days and only Van played a 4th line less then we did

  • MaxwellHowe

    Great stuff Adam.  Such a great young defence with the Marlies, and its probably the position that requires the most pro league development.  Hopefully AHL lifers like Marshall can be moved along, and kids like Granberg can be graduated, so the incoming guys – Knodel and Finn and Nilsson – can have regular playing time next year.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Absolutely.  My wish – the :eafs go full rebuild but make the Leafs the most miserable team in the league to play against.  I can tolerate losing better as long as the Leafs win the physical battles and make visiting the ACC a painful experience.

  • MaxwellHowe

    yeah, that shit has to end as well.

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/SWhyno https://twitter.com/SWhyno/status/464365495257681920
    Bieksa made rest of https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TeamCanada&src=hash do snow angels at end of stretch. Didn’t hear if Tippett told players he was captain but would make sense.

    I wouldn’t mind trading for this guy

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto  Nope …..simply coincidence :)

  • MaxwellHowe

    Knodel has gotten some good reviews from Spott

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks

  • Mind Bomb

    ~Keon   Thanks Keon, I caught a Guelph Knights game on a friday a little bit ago, Good hockey to watch

  • MaxwellHowe

    Its important for him and the Marlies to experience the thrill of playoff competition and triumph before the Leafs destroy their spirits

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe  They will bring a New Spirit. and Effort to the leafs. Players not afraid to take a hit to make a play, wow that will be something.

  • MaxwellHowe

    I really wish it would work like that.

  • Zep2

    The Rangers look like they are going to go out in 5. Fatigue is a factor Im sure, but Nash ,Marty and Richards must be in a witness protection program, they’ve been invisible.

  • Zep2

    The quality that the Leafs were lack in last year, and that you see in the playoffs right now, is work ethic

    Grabowski for whatever his failings was a human dynamo, the effort was always there. Komarov was a more clinical , irritable version of Grabs.

    Nonis tried to compensate their loss with Bolland and Clarkson. 

    Leafs need to bring some of that back into the lineup.

    Ashton and D,Amigo  are  capable of playing that hard working game, maybe Carrick can develop it too.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Mind Bomb  Morning MB

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    CanuckUKinToronto  Only if he was appearing on satellite from Las Vegas.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Columbus? Tampa Bay? Montreal?  C’mon

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 Mind Bomb   Sup Ingy, I spent 30 dollars on Two steaks today, splurge on the Good Beer, and am all set for the Draft tonight.  I am hearing your Bills might make a move up for Evans, That would be cool for you !

  • Zep2

    CanuckUKinToronto  After 70 games we were behind Bos, Pitt

    Going into next season with same group and coach, we will compete for Connor MacDavid

    Something has to give. Carlyle either goes or big personnel changes have to be made

    Shanahan is being paid big bucks , start earning them

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Ricky_Vaives_slapshot  I can see MacLean and Kypreos doing this, sure sounds like them all talking over top each other.

  • Mind Bomb

    MaxwellHowe   We have to stop pretending that MTL is a Bad team, We keep saying it every year, but they keep wining, and we keep collapsing.  And Columbus has a good young team as well, With a better management crue. 

    So ya they are better, but a good offseason can change that. But right now, we are not a playoff team

  • Zep2

    The playoff teams that are successful right now are 1) mixture of talent  2) work ethic and 3)buy in to the coaching system

    The Leafs have a fair amount of the of the first, but little of the other 2

  • darthNihilus

    ~Keon  Ikea, not wallmart. They don’t have wallmart in Egypt/Syria/Lebanon

  • darthNihilus

    I have a feeling today is the day that the Maple Leafs announce they are keeping Carlyle and Nono forever. =-(

  • Mind Bomb

    darthNihilus   And a 5 year extension for Raymond :)

  • Cameron19

    CanuckUKinToronto Zep2  I don’t know if there’s anything wrong with the core, except for the fact that it contains too few players, and some of them are too young.

  • darthNihilus

    Mind Bomb darthNihilus  at 6 mil per =+(

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    https://twitter.com/SWhyno https://twitter.com/SWhyno/status/464381862639833088
    James Reimer will start https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TeamCanada&src=hash's first worlds game tomorrow vs. France, Ben Scrivens goes Saturday. Tippett said based on seniority.

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Mind Bomb darthNihilus  Raymond announced as new captain and playing coach.

  • Cameron19

    CanuckUKinToronto Zep2  Core groups:

    CHI: Toews, Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford
    BOS: Lucic, Krejci, Bergeron, Marchand, Smith, Chara, Hamilton, Rask
    LAK: Kopitar, Carter, Gaborik, Brown, Toffoli, Doughty, Voynov, Quick
    PIT: Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Kunitz, Letang, Orpik, Maatta, Fleury
    SJS: Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Pavelski, Burns, Vlasic, Braun, Niemi

    Compared to:

    TOR: Kessel, J.V.R., Kadri, Lupul, Phaneuf, Bernier

    We may be able to include Rielly and Gardiner in that group, but notice how none of the above have to include multiple players like this to make up a core.  Even Kadri has only just completed his first full season. Our core is smaller AND less experienced. We’re counting on our young player for too much, too soon. 

    I don’t see what talking a good game has to do with it. There is little doubt our core players would perform better if surrounded by a little more talent. Attacking their character seems like a waste of time to me.

  • wendelsway1

    Good Morning Gents…..a great day for some spring cleaning…..clean house, Shanny, from Nonis right on down!

  • wendelsway1

    ingy56 Mind Bomb darthNihilus  I have not had enough coffee to deal with you two and your Carlyle,Raymond comments….make it stop!…lol  :)

  • Uncle Otis

    wendelsway1
    Yep..from the apple to the core :)

  • MaxwellHowe

    more French refs?

  • Great Dane

    CanuckUKinToronto Cameron19Zep2 I would remove Lupul, Phaneuf and Kadri from the core (we disagree upon that Cam).

    We need centers to be added to the core and d-men.   Then in one or two years Reilly, Gardiner and Kadri might be part of the core when they are proven themselves.
    But we would need a small retooling this draft to come out stronger maybe not next season but the following season.

  • Uncle Otis

    CanuckUKinToronto Cameron19Zep2
    Bozie could be an effective two way guy if surrounded with the right mates..and dropped down the pecking order

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1 ingy56 Mind Bomb darthNihilus  Hhahah, You need Wiski to deal with us :))))

  • Mind Bomb

    wendelsway1   Morning Girl :)

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    MaxwellHowe  LOL

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    wendelsway1  Morning WW, great day for a spring cleaning and a Scabs beatdown I say.

  • Great Dane

    Uncle Otis CanuckUKinTorontoCameron19Zep2 You just can’t have Bozak and Kadri on the same team – will be never work IMO.

    Kadri is the ideal 2nd line center after good 1st line center and two-eye third line center.

    Stastny, Kadri, J. Staal would be a perfect combination

    Staal against the other teams top line; stastny between kessel and JVR so drive the game. Kadri with power forward and sniper to clear up.

    Roll a Marlies line with talent and grid 10 minutes per game.

  • rustynail

    Morning anybody been fired yet?

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    rustynail  *crickets*

  • Mind Bomb

    rustynail  Morning Rusty

  • phaneufoundlander

    Mind Bomb wendelsway1 ingy56 darthNihilus  we make a trade with Detroit…Babcock for Carlyle :)