Some physical play and a backdoor finish on the powerplay by Travis Dermott in last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to Russia at the World Junior Showcase:

Canada wraps up the showcase versus the Czechs tonight at 7 p.m. EST (TSN2). Expect Mitch Marner in the lineup.

As for the World Junior evaluation camp down in Lake Placid, the Leafs‘ Jeremy Bracco has put up four points in five games (one goal, three assists) for Team USA. That includes a beauty solo-effort goal today against Sweden.

In that same game, the Leafs‘ Dmytro Timashov posted a two-point afternoon for Sweden, also including a nice goal off a determined solo effort.


Thursday Links:

  • Staff: Toronto Maple Leafs announce 2015 Rookie Tournament Roster (MLHS)
    With William Nylander playing again this year plus new top prospects Marner and Kapanen, there’s no shortage of legitimate high-end youngsters on the rookie Leafs team worth getting excited about.
  • Allie Moore: Full Canada – Russia highlights, stats from last night’s 3-2 RUS win (Hockey Canada)
    Canada fell to Russia 3-2 in a hard-fought shootout Wednesday night in the penultimate game of Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp.
  • Ed Dermit: 2015 NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs draft review (Hockey’s Future)
    Marner instantly joins William Nylander and Morgan Rielly as franchise building blocks and examples of the prototypical player that the Leafs are trying to develop within the organization—putting a premium on puck skills. Marner’s has  been compared to Patrick Kane for his skill; John Tavares for his low panic threshold and vision; and Doug Gilmour due to his willingness to battle for the puck despite his small size.
  • Scott Wheeler: Maple Leafs’ Top 25 Under 25: A Second Opinion on Jesper Lindgren (PPP)
    The best defender in Modo’s J20 program this season, Lindgren is an instinctual, offensively gifted defensemen who makes quick, skilled plays with the puck in transition, pushing the tempo. In fact, Lindgren was arguably the best under-18 defender at the J20 level, outscoring the next highest scoring defender of his age by 11 points.
  • Staff: Dale Hunter discusses Mitch Marner, J.J. Piccinich’s commitment to London (MLHS)
    It comes down to the boy and the family to make a choice where they want to play and what’s best for them. At this time, he felt it was his best chance to come here, score a bunch of goals, and get signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs.