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