May 30 2016 08:30AM
On May 27 TSN published an article arguing that the NHL and CHL should modify their transfer agreement to allow "exceptional" drafted CHL players to play in the AHL, which they currently can not do until their 20-year-old season. The focus of the article is on Mitch Marner, who just finished tearing up the Memorial Cup with the London Knights. Gary Lawless, writing of Marner for TSN, says:
He may not, however, be ready for the NHL. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 164 pounds, it’s quite possible Marner will need some time in the AHL to adjust to the pro game. But that’s not available to him next season.
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Marner, almost all would agree, would be best off adjusting to the challenges of the pro game in the AHL.
Size is a frequent theme in discussions of Marner. Despite the way he continues to put up huge numbers in the OHL, many people believe Marner will struggle in the NHL because he is smaller than most NHLers. I think that line of thinking is wrong. While no one can predict the future with certainty, all of the available evidence suggests that Marner will be able to jump into the NHL next season and contribute at a reasonably high level.
May 30 2016 06:30AM
Most people have Vitali Abramov ranked ahead of where the Penguins' pick is eventually going to sit for the Leafs, but there's enough doubt that he's certainly worth writing about. After all, Abramov's a super-skilled 5"9' Russian winger who needs to improve his defensive game. That just screams draft slide doesn't it?
So let's take a look at Abramov's game and see whether or not the Leafs should be interested, if Abramov is in fact available when one of their two picks after Auston come around.
May 29 2016 08:04PM
The Marlies' Calder Cup quest is OOOOVER. Here's the final MFR of the season from Ricoh Colosseum.
May 29 2016 05:46PM
Hockey has officially closed out for the Leafs organization this season. The World Championships are long done, the Toronto Marlies have been eliminated, and with the Memorial Cup Finals just ending, they no longer have Junior Hockey to scout or meaningful games for their prospects to play.
With Leafs draft picks on both the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the London Knights, there was going to be a high note for the group to end on no matter what. In this case, it was JJ Piccinich and Mitch Marner who got to celebrate at the final buzzer, with the latter capping off a historical season with even more silverware than he's already earned.
May 29 2016 04:44PM
Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com
I don't think anybody has wanted a reason to travel to Hershey, Pennsylvania more than the Toronto Marlies did this afternoon. Maybe somebody who really, really loves grocery store chocolate. But with the series once again on the line, the blue and white planned on doing anything in their power to get there.
It didn't work out the way they thought it would, though, and the Marlies dropped the game 3-2 to end the series at 4-1, ending their season a little earlier than anticipated.