April 19 2015 08:23PM
The meteoric rise of the Toronto Marlies over the past few months has been a fun story to follow along with, but these last few weeks in particular have been nuts. All of the heavy artillery players seem to be hitting the net with total precision. Points have been gained where they shouldn't be and dropped in disadvantageous areas. Even as they started closing in, things seemed unlikely.
But the wins started piling up. Not only have the Marlies squeaked into the playoffs, they've jumped into the seventh seed.
April 19 2015 12:00PM
You can't win em all, and it turns out if you're Buffalo you literally can't win anything. But YOU have won and your reward is another First Star, Worst Star!
April 18 2015 09:18PM
A playoff spot is clinched, which means there's nothing for the Toronto Marlies to play for, right? Wrong! Going into tonight, the team had wiggle room to climb as high as an additional two spots in the Western Conference standings, depending on how Chicago, Oklahoma City and Texas did. Oh, and themselves, because they had a game against the Rockford IceHogs. It wasn't the prettiest, but they did manage to pick up the two points.
April 18 2015 06:19PM
Nine-point-five percent just couldn't cut it.
The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL Draft Lottery (ugh) and the opportunity to draft the crazy-talented Connor McDavid (this is ridiculous).
Toronto, on the other hand, will retain the fourth overall pick.
Don't sweat it too much, though - the Leafs will still be landing a top prospect in June.
Assuming that Jack Eichel (the consensus second-best prospect) won't fall on draft day, there's three players whose names have been closely tied to Toronto.
More past the jump...
April 18 2015 05:58PM
Ryan Rupert has been one of the Toronto Marlies' most pleasant surprises this year, producing at a point per game clip in his rookie AHL season while displaying an excellent two way game and showing exceptional positional awareness. Whether he develops into an NHL player remains to be seen, but for the time being, he's fairing pretty well for a sixth round draft pick.
With that said, he was missing one key thing this season; his twin brother. Today, the Marlies rectified that, signing his brother Matt to an Amateur Tryout to finish the year, and a 1-year contract beginning in 2015/16.