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The Toronto Marlies enter the 2018-19 season as the defending Calder Cup champions after capturing their first title in franchise history.

A new General Manager in Laurence Gilman has taken over the reins from now-Leafs GM Kyle Dubas, who left the Marlies organization in a fantastic place for his successor. Over the past five years, the Marlies have evolved into the premiere American Hockey League franchise, from their world-class training and practice facilities, to their player development and sports science departments, to their diet & nutrition and mental wellness staffs. The foundation for continued success and sustained title contention is in place provided Leafs management can continue to supply the Marlies with a steady flow of quality young talent to nurture inside the best development league in the world.

As is always the case at the AHL level, there has been turnover entering a new season, although there is continuity both within the veteran leadership group — former captain Ben Smith has moved on, but Colin Greening, Chris Mueller, Rich Clune and Vincente LoVerde have returned to make up the backbone of the veteran core — as well as in the coaching staff led by head coach Sheldon Keefe. That should help sustain the winning culture that has been established within the organization as it looks to further the development of young talent such as Timothy Liljegren, Rasmus Sandin, Carl Grundstrom, Jeremy Bracco, Pierre Engvall, Dmytro Timashov and others, with the ultimate goal of turning prospects into quality NHL players for the big club.

Below you will find Toronto Marlies news, opinion and analysis from the writing staff at Maple Leafs Hotstove. Check back here throughout the season for previews, post-games, weekly roundups, playoff coverage and much more. For the 2018-19 Toronto Marlies schedule, see here.

Leafs Musings: A Big Weekend for Sandin and Liljegren, Standout Forwards on the Marlies,...

I wasn’t planning on writing about Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin for my second consecutive article, but they both impressed this weekend, so here we are. On the NHL side, the Toronto Maple Leafs went...
Toronto Marlies vs. Belleville Senators

Carl Grundstrom scores twice, Mason Marchment records second consecutive two-point game as Toronto Marlies...

Whatever was said by Sheldon Keefe and his staff following Friday night’s abject performance, the message was received by the team he iced for Saturday’s rematch. A full sixty-minute performance, a far better defensive effort,...
Rasmus Sandin

Rasmus Sandin picks up another point, Mason Marchment scores twice in Toronto Marlies’ high-scoring...

The Toronto Marlies are proving a frustrating team to watch so far this season. Offense isn’t the problem -- as their 47 goals in 11 games would indicate -- but this was yet another poor...
Timothy Liljegren

Leafs Musings: Scouting Timothy Liljegren & Rasmus Sandin, Travis Dermott’s top-pairing chances, Jeremy Bracco’s...

Editor's Note: We're pleased to welcome Kevin Papetti (@KPapetti) to the writing staff at MLHS. Kevin will be providing weekly analysis of the Leafs and Marlies going forward. With a couple of days off for...
Toronto Marlies' Trevor Moore

Toronto Marlies rescue a point but fall in shootout in sloppy loss to Cleveland

“Our play today was unacceptable.” Those were the post-game words from head coach Sheldon Keefe, whose Marlies team's early-season penchant for high-scoring games and defensive fragility returned with a vengeance in Cleveland on Friday night, ending...
Toronto Marlies' Carl Grundstrom

Toronto Marlies Month in Review: Coming Around After a Slow Start

The 2017-18 Toronto Marlies campaign was a smashing success on all fronts. A) They were the best AHL team through the regular season and won a franchise-first Calder Cup Championship. B) They graduated seven players to...
Rasmus Sandin of the Toronto Marlies

Rasmus Sandin scores in debut as Toronto Marlies extend winning streak to three against...

The Toronto Marlies climbed back to the .500 mark with their best performance of the young season. The Marlies limited the visiting Syracuse Crunch to just 19 shots and could have easily padded the 4-1...
Toronto Marlies vs. Laval Rocket

Adam Cracknell scores overtime winner versus former team in Toronto Marlies victory over Laval

The Toronto Marlies extended their points streak to three games with a hard-fought victory over the Laval Rocket at Coca-Cola Colesium on Tuesday night. This was a much better defensive effort from the Marlies, who...
Toronto Marlies' Mason Marchment

Two goals from Trevor Moore lead Toronto Marlies to first home win of the...

It probably should have been a more comfortable victory, but the Toronto Marlies picked up their first home win of the season over Hartford on Saturday. First Period Neither side was particularly sharp defensively in the...

Newfoundland Growlers: On the start so far, Marlies prospects, and head coach Ryan...

With the reintroduction of a professional hockey team in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Toronto Maple Leafs organization has pieced together the last piece of the ambitious plan put in motion by Kyle Dubas by...
Toronto Marlies' Sam Gagner

Toronto Marlies fall to fifth consecutive defeat, pick up loser point versus Rochester

The Toronto Marlies are finding offense easy to come by, but their defensive woes continue to dominate the narrative to start the season. Despite a better overall effort, a 5-4 shootout loss to the Rochester...
Toronto Marlies' Adam Cracknell

Toronto Marlies handed weekend sweep by Utica, fall to fourth consecutive defeat

The Toronto Marlies find themselves rooted to the bottom of the North Division standings following a third successive defeat on home ice in the space of seven days. Looking to bounce back after a lopsided...
Timothy Liljegren of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies give up seven goals, slip to third straight loss versus Utica

The Toronto Marlies slipped to a third consecutive defeat following an insipid performance on home ice against the Utica Comets. The Comets scored four times unanswered in the opening period after a bright enough start...
Toronto Marlies GM Laurence Gilman

New Toronto Marlies GM Laurence Gilman: “My biggest task is not to screw it...

New Toronto Marlies General Manager Laurence Gilman addressed the media on the home-opening night of the Marlies' 2018-19 season. His full remarks below. On transitioning into the GM role and what he's learned about the organization...
Toronto Marlies vs. Cleveland Monsters

Slow start sinks Toronto Marlies in home opener versus Cleveland

It was a case of too little, too late for the Toronto Marlies as a bad start sunk them in their home opener on Monday afternoon. The banner-raising ceremony did little to inspire the home...

Sam Gagner’s three-point game goes for naught as Toronto Marlies give up seven in...

“When you score five goals, you should win 100% of the games you play.” Those were the post-game words of Sheldon Keefe after conceding seven to the Binghamton Devils in game two of the season....
Trevor Moore of the Toronto Marlies

Trevor Moore tallies twice, Timothy Liljegren scores first of the year in Toronto Marlies’...

The personnel may be a little different, but the Toronto Marlies picked up where they left off last season with an emphatic victory in game one of the 2018-19 regular season. This was only the...
Carl Grundstrom of the Toronto Marlies

Toronto Marlies 2018-19 Season Preview: Roster Notes & Projected Opening Night Lines

For the first time in franchise history, the Toronto Marlies will enter the season as defending Calder Cup champions. The Marlies training camp, due to the Leafs running with a large training camp roster until...

Five Toronto Marlies with plenty to play for at 2018 training camp

A successful rebuild by Toronto Maple Leafs management has fostered an environment in which competition for roster spots has never been steeper in recent history. At the NHL level, the top 13 forwards are all...
jordan subban toronto maple leafs

[Leafs Links] The Jordan Subban Reclamation Project

The signing of John Tavares on July 1 rightly stole the headlines, but the acquisition of defenseman Jordan Subban was a quietly interesting addition by new General Manager Kyle Dubas. Signed to a one-year, two-way...

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