Much like the parent Maple Leafs, the Marlies will look back ruefully at a bad start and a poor powerplay in assessing the damage of a playoff-less 2010-11 season. With AHL playoff seeding decided by divisional rankings, the Marlies started out the season by losing eight of nine to divisional opponents. In a season in which they lost 22 games by one-goal, a second-from-bottom powerplay firing at a measly 13.1% clip was undoubtedly another nail in the Marlies coffin.
While it’s never used as an excuse, the turnover the Marlies experienced as a result of ongoing chances with the parent club had its undeniable imapct. While Ben Scrivens helped provide really solid goaltending in Reimer’s absence, Nazem Kadri was recalled at the wrong time from the Marlies perspective as they lost their best offensive performer at a critical juncture. The graduation of Darryl Boyce and Joey Crabb around the 35 game mark saw two experienced forwards lost for the remainder of the season.
It’s for these reasons you cannot take the result of the season with too much disappointment. From Dave Nonis’ and Dallas Eakin’s perspective, it’s about developing players into pros and provided there has been steps forward in this regard, the playoffs are but a nice bonus. With the emergence of the names mentioned above, it attests to this farm system doing just that and a pretty damn good job of it.
Burke's latest NCAA addition. (Photo Credit: dylanheuer.blogspot.com)
With the ink just dry on his new two-year contract with the Maple Leafs (he’ll play on an Amateur Tryout Contract for the balance of the 2010-11 campaign before the entry level deal takes effect next season), 22-year-old winger Tyler Brenner will join the Marlies in time for tomorrow’s game in Grand Rapids. Your weekly Marlies release:
“The [Kadri-less] Marlies dropped both of their games last week. Toronto traveled to Syracuse on Friday night and suffered a 1-0 loss to the Crunch. Timo Pielmeier turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his first career AHL shutout, and Kyle Palmieri scored mid-way through the third period to give Syracuse the win. Ben Scrivens made 23 saves on 24 shots in the game. Luca Caputi returned to the Marlies line-up after missing the previous 43 games due to injury.
Reports indicate the Leafs have signed prospect Jake Gardiner to a 3-year Entry Level Contract.
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As the Marlies continue their push for the playoffs with two games this week, they will be without their best point producer in Nazem Kadri as big club duty calls. He has certainly earned another shot as of late. A five point week, including goals in three straight games, had moved Kadri into seventh place in the AHL rookie scoring race with 41 points in just 44 games played. Defenceman Matt Lashoff, the Marlies’ second best point producer from the blueline with 28 points on the season, will join Kadri on the big club as Wilson will likely make a Marlies infusion on the Leafs’ struggling powerplay starting Wednesday against Carolina. Indications are that 20-year-old Jake Gardiner, a point a game defenceman with Wisconsin this season, will join the Marlies and help fill the void. Without further adieu, your weekly Marlies release:
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The Marlies went 2-1-1-0 during their four games last week, moving into third in the tight North Division standings. Toronto began their week on Tuesday morning with a 3-1 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals. Joe Colborne scored the gameâ€™s opening goal; however, the Admirals responded with three unanswered goals for the win.
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Your weekly Marlies release followed by some clarifications on re-entry waiver status with help from Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle:
The Marlies went 3-1-0-0 last week in their four games, all against division opponents. Including their win Monday against San Antonio, the Marlies have rattled off four wins over their past five games.
Aaron Voros, acquired from the Ducks today, will initially report to the Marlies (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
As the Marlies prepare for tonight’s meeting with the Moose, here’s your weekly release:
“The Marlies went 1-2-0-0 in three games last week. On Wednesday morning the Marlies dropped the Connecticut Whale, 9-2. Toronto announced their largest crowd of the year, as 7,779 school kids packed Ricoh Coliseum. Christian Hanson led the way for the Marlies with a goal and four assists. Danny Richmond added four helpers and recorded a plus-five rating. Captain Alex Foster notched two goals and two assists as well.
On Friday night in Abbotsford, the Marlies lost 4-1 to the Heat. Ryan Stone scored a hat trick for Abbotsford and Ryan Hamilton netted the Marlies lone goal. John Mitchell made his Marlies season debut in the loss.
Nazem Kadri Called up
Kadri stands 15th in AHL rookie scoring despite playing only 25 games for the Marlies so far this season.
As the Marlies get set for early puck drop against the Connecticut Wales at the Ricoh (11 a.m. EST), here is your weekly release:
The Marlies won their lone game last week, 3-1 against the Americans in Rochester on Saturday night. Jonas Gustavsson made his AHL debut on Saturday night and made 24 saves on 25 shots, earning first star honours. Nazem Kadri opened the scoring for Toronto with his ninth goal of the season in the first period.
After posting a 1.79 GAA and .940 SV% over his last seven with the Marlies, Scrivens will return to Reading in wake of Gustavsson's conditioning stint.
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The Marlies went 1-2-0-0Â in three games last week. Their lone win came on Friday night against the Syracuse Crunch.
On Wednesday night, theÂ Marlies dropped a 4-2 decision to the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland. Nazem Kadri and Matt Lashoff provided the offense for the Marlies.
In Syracuse on FridayÂ night, Toronto won 5-2 against their former division rivals. Ben Scrivens was the gameâ€™s first star making a Marlies season-high, 45 saves for the win. Fabian Brunnstrom netted two goals and three other Marlies recorded two point nights.
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The Marlies went 2-2-0-0 in four games last week. Toronto lost a pair of games against the Manitoba Moose on Tuesday and Wednesday at MTS Centre. Bill Sweatt scored the gameâ€™s winning goals in both contests. On Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum, the Marlies played their first home game since December 30. James Reimer made 29 saves for his fourth career shutout and third of the season. Nazem Kadri potted three assists and Christian Hansonâ€™s first period tally held up to be the game-winner.
The Marlies dropped the Houston Aeros on Sunday evening, 4-2, after allowing the gameâ€™s first two goals. It was only the second time this season the Marlies have won after trailing through two periods. Simon Gysbers scored the game winner in the third period and also chipped in with two assists.
As the Marlies prepare for their meeting with the Moose tonight (puck drop at 7:30 in Winnipeg), here is your weekly release:
The Marlies went 1-1-0-0 in their two games last week; both in Abbotsford. On Friday night, the Marlies fell to the Heat 3-2. Jeff Cowan and Mike Zigomanis provided the goal scoring for Toronto. Fabian Brunnstrom made his Marlies debut and registered two assists and a plus two rating in the loss. Ben Scrivens made 25 saves on 28 shots.
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The Marlies went 2-1-0-1 in their four game week. On Wednesday at Allstate Arena, the Marlies dropped a 9-3 decision to the Chicago Wolves. Nigel Dawes scored four of the Wolvesâ€™ nine goals in the game. It was the most goals the Marlies have allowed in their franchisesâ€™ history.
On Friday night in Rockford, the Marlies snapped their four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win. Nazem Kadri and Marcel Mueller each posted a goal and two helpers in the win. The following night in Milwaukee, the Marlies lost a 1-0 contest in a shootout. Ben Scrivens made 24 saves in the loss.
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The Marlies picked upÂ points in two of their threeÂ games last week (0-1-0-2).Â On Wednesday night againstÂ the Chicago Wolves, theÂ Marlies lost a 3-2 decision inÂ a shootout at RicohÂ Coliseum. The Marlies led 2-0 mid-way through the finalÂ frame, but the Wolves battledÂ back and won in theÂ shootout. Darryl Boyce andÂ Christian Hanson scored theÂ Marlie goals; while JussiÂ Rynnas made 29 saves in aÂ losing effort.
The following night inÂ Toronto, the Marlies droppedÂ a 2-1 decision to theÂ Rochester Americans. TylerÂ Plante made 29 saves for theÂ Amerks and was the gameâ€™sÂ first star.Â On New Years Eve inÂ Grand Rapids, the MarliesÂ fell 2-1 in a shootout. BenÂ Scrivens made 40 saves in aÂ losing effort; while formerÂ Marlie goaltender JoeyÂ MacDonald was the gameâ€™sÂ first star making 43 stops.
As the Marlies lead the Chicago Wolves 2-0 in the second period (goals from Christian Hanson and Darrly Boyce), here is your weekly Marlies release:
The Marlies won two of their three games last week. On Tuesday night in Peoria,Â the Marlies snapped the Rivermenâ€™s 13-game unbeaten streak with a 6-3Â victory. Mike Zigomanis led the charge with three assists. Jeff Cowan scored his first goal as a Marlie in the win as well.
As the Marlies battle Peoria in Illinois (2-2 in the 2nd, Mueller and Engel have the goals for Toronto), here is your weekly Marlies release:
The Marlies lost back-to-back games to their division rivals, the Rochester Americans last weekend. On Friday night in Rochester, the Marlies were blanked for the first time this season, 2-0. A.J. Jenks and Jordan Knackstedt scored the two Amerks goals; while Jacob Markstrom made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season. Jussi Rynnas suffered the loss, making 25 saves on 27 shots.
Keith Aulie has been returned to the Marlies after the rockiest performance of his young NHL career in Calgary playing – perhaps as no coincidence – alongside Brett Lebda. Aulie will not play tonight in Rochester, Dave Nonis tells MLHS. Here is your weekly Marlies release:
The Marlies played three road games last week and went 1-2-0-0. They opened their week on Wednesday night with a 5-1 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Eric Tangradi netted a hat-trick in the Penguins win. Justin Hodgman scored the lone Marlie goal in the loss.
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The Marlies hosted three games over the weekend and picked up a pair of victories over the Abbotsford Heat. On Friday night the Marlies defeated the Heat 6-4 at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto got scoring from six different players and Jussi Rynnas made 31 saves for his third straight win. All four of Abbotsfordâ€™s goals were scored while on the power play.
After improving to second in the North Division thanks to a 10-2-0-3 November record, the Marlies begin their December games with a back to back set against the Abbotsford Heat on Friday and Saturday. In the meantime, your weekly report from the Marlies:
The Marlies won all three games on their schedule last week. They opened their week on Wednesday morning with a 3-1 victory over Grand Rapids in their first school day game of the season. Christian Hanson, Joey Crabb and Marcel Mueller provided the scoring for Toronto. Muellerâ€™s game- winning tally was his first career AHL/pro goal.
As the Marlies lead the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-0 in the third in today’s school day game (red hot Rynnas is in net, goals from Hanson, Mueller and Crabb), here’s your weekly report from the Marlies:
“The Marlies finished their 10-game road trip on Friday night in Lake Erie. During their longest road swing of the year, Toronto went 6-1-0-3 which included a nine-game point streak.
- Jussi Rynnas ranks third in the AHL in save percentage (0.939) and is fifth in goals against average (1.87). Rynnas has appeared in eight games during the month of November, posting a record of 3-2-2 to go along with a 1.28 goals against average and 0.960 save percentage. This month the Finnish born goalie hasnâ€™t allowed more than two goals in any of his appearances.
On Tuesday it was announced Ryan Hamilton will miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury. And so it startsâ€¦ again.
Devastated by injuries and call-ups last season, the Marlies failed to make the playoffs for only the second time since the AHL club returned to Toronto. 425 man games lost. That equates to a 5.3 players sitting out each and every game of a 80 game season – so let’s say, five and a backup goaltender.
Already this season the Marlies have seen talented forwards Christian Hanson and Luca Caputi get the call up to the show, as well as physical defenceman Korbinian Holzer. Ryan Hamilton joins Simon Gysbers and Danny Richmond in the press box, all suffering from separate ailments. All this is on top of Jay Rosehill, Alex Foster and James Reimer who had already spent time on the day-to-day list.
It is by no means the end of his career, strictly the next step.
On Monday, Nazem Kadri, 7th overall selection in the 2009 draft, was assigned to the Toronto Marlies. The player in whom a whole city had welcomed, became enamoured with and inked into their own starting lineup will not appear at ACC at allâ€¦ at least not yet. It will prove to be a powerful lesson for the 19 year old, if not the whole city of Toronto; the Toronto Maple Leafs are about winning hockey games, not necessarily selling tickets.
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