More good Leafs-related news out of the Memorial Cup tournament last night as 2013 sixth round pick Antoine Bibeau’s resounding 47 saves on 50 shots guided his Val-d’Or Foreurs to the semifinals after a 4-3 OT win over the Edmonton Oil Kings. Among the 47 turned aside by Bibeau was a penalty shot in the first period.
Traded to Val-d’Or from Charlottetown midseason, Bibeau went 16-4-4 in the playoffs with a .913 save percentage en route to a QMJHL championship and individual MVP honours. Passed over in the 2012 draft, Bibeau is the hottest goalie in junior hockey at the moment and is looking well worth the sixth round flyer the Leafs took on him last June.
In his two Memorial Cup wins, Leaf goalie prospect Antoine Bibeau has an astounding 98 saves.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) May 21, 2014
Becoming well prepared for life as a Leaf goalie.
A montage of his work this past season:
Matt Finn has two assists in two Guelph wins as the Storm are assured a place in Sunday’s final.
- Bibeau shines for Val-d’Or at Mem Cup
- Matt Finn is Mem Cup Final bound
- Don Cherry blames Montreal Canadiens’ Andrei Markov for inciting Milan Lucic’s death threat
- What’s The Deal With Mike Richards?
- Toronto Marlies announce Round 3 Schedule vs. Texas Stars
- Sustainability and the Toronto Marlies
- Do Maple Leaf fans want grit, or skill?
- Steve Simmons writes something stupid
Shouldn't Randy Carlyle be at the Marlies Playoff games? I don't think he's been to one game yet. Shannahan is there.
@Yan28 That Shanny is there is all that really matters. So when RC plays Holland 5 minutes a game next season, Shanny can appreciate the stupidity
@~Keon It's weird especially after the news that Torts never once talked to the AHL coach throughout his one year with the Canucks.
@Yan28 I think it is painfully obvious that Carlyle doesn't actually care about the team so much his golden handshake. Carlyle is being paid to take the fall 55 games in when we're terrible and thus we can take and hopefully get McDavid. 100 year anniversary is coming up, next big young hockey player, new management structure with Shanny and league contacts, outdoor hockey game...its all too convenient.
@Yan28 Is there something in the coach's contract that says they only work from training camp start to the last game they play? If not, then fire the lazy SOB!
No player is perfect, FFS.......the same people that bitch about our better players would bitch about players that are being mentioned in trades for our better players because........they're not perfect either......careful what you wish for....really do need to get outside....TTFN :)
@wendelsway1 Wendel was :)
@Mind Bomb @wendelsway1 remember when Wendel still played and we got knocked out of the playoffs and they would interview him post game or after locker cleanout and Wendel would get all teary eyed and offer no excuses just the truth "we didn't do this right, or we didn't do that right"-not because he was a pussy but because he was so heavily/emotionally vested in the game. Who on our current team got teary eyed after this season's meltdown? It was all shits and giggles from this bunch! This team has some skills but it has zero warriors.
We need someone who can step in if Bernier gets injured (again). I agree a veteran role model is a crap reason.
@~Keon I agree though if Kreider or Gionta run Bernier I think we would someone more. Every year a few teams gets injuries (either at goaltending or centre or defence etc).
@~Keon I'm not sure what Drew MacIntyre would have to do to be taken seriously.
@~Keon apparently. Guys saying he's not good enough to play in the NHL. Yeah, I guess, all he does is stop pucks.
IMO, just about all of them are better than MacIntyre. I just don't think he's good enough for the NHL. A year and a bit ago the guy was in the ECHL and almost out of hockey and now you want him to play 20-30 games (or more if Bernier is hurt) for the Toronto Maple Leafs? Certainly Nonis and Shanahan can do better.
@~Keon Look around the NHL. Good teams aren't investing in backup goalies to play 20 games per year.
How many full seasons has Bernier played in the NHL? None. If the Leafs go into the season with Bernier and MacIntyre that's a great way to get a high draft pick in 2015. Every team needs two good goalies and I don't see MacIntyre in that category.
@~Keon Drew Mac deserves a chance to show what he can do as backup. He's earned it. Reimer needs to go home to Winnipeg.
@Yan28 ouch that sucks
@Yan28 So he's a skill player now? Cool.
How in the hell can the same people talk about trading Phaneuf and Kessel every freakin' day?......same shit, different day.....might as well read the comments from yesterday, last week, etc.....nothing has changed. Have a great afternoon, Guys.....gonna get some work done outside......much more productive :)
WE ARE NOT TRADING PHIL KESSEL!!
Kessel stays... Phaneuf goes.
@wendelsway1 I'd extend this thinking to Kadri and Gardiner rumours too
@Yan28 I hope that's not you... because in the article he states Reimer will become a UFA on July 1...
@~Keon They jsut talked about this on Leaf's Lunch. They said that's unlikely because he's not an upgrade on Reimer and because Bernier needs an experiences back-up behind him that will show him the ropes and mentor him into being a great number 1, and after thinking about it I agree.
@Yan28 OO he changed it haha.. when it was first posted it said UFA
Last year Bob Mackenzie was asked if he'd rather have Seth Jones or wait for Ekblad. He said, given the choice, he'd wait for Ekblad.
@NotInsane Well he would know. Being a pro scout who watches thousands of hours of live junior hockey and all.
So when your team is full of defensive holes, trade your best D man, whoever thinks of this needs to leave their job. No wonder this team flounders in mediocrity
@Mcost61 Ok, ok. What's your plan?
@Mcost61 I agree. Dion cannot be replaced, Kessel is the better trade bait for that #1 pick, assuming Phil waives his NTC
@~Keon Ok, he cannot reasonably be replaced. I'm not big on Phaneuf, just don't see a reasonable way to a replacement
@Mcost61 Need TP (top pick) for my bunghole?
Forwards who won't backcheck, no room for that on this team. Players who will not defend their goalie. This team is soft and complacent. RC is still here, the players are the ones who need to step up. Kessel,Lupul JVR, all play too soft
@Mcost61 Agreed. Lupul goes first, and we see from there.
@TuckerWantsDougieForGM @MaxwellHowe @Mcost61 sure he is. right now. but what value does he have to a team setting records for defensive incompetence. We fans get to cheer a few beauty goals. Thats nice. But the team can't be built around him. Lupul could take his spot on the first line and probably get 30 goals. Thats reasonable, right? So 7 less than Phil. Oh the horror
I know this. And I am sick and tired of the unending Kessel attachment. he is a fantastic hockey player. But the Leafs need a #1 C and upgrades at D to compete - it cannot be simpler than that. What good is it to have Kessel on a losing team? A shiny object to watch?
The Raptors traded their best player mid season. Franchises who want to move forward make bold moves to address needs.