Marlies Sign Justin Nichols to an ATO

Jon Steitzer
April 21 2015 10:05AM

The Marlies have made yet another ATO signing, this time Justin Nichols, goaltender for the Guelph Storm. These signings are wonderful because it means the Marlies/Solar Bears rosters will be filled out with players that are developing, rather than players who have seen the door shut on any possibility of making the NHL. Getting another goaltender in the system especially makes sense, as goaltenders tend to develop a bit slower and are harder to project in their late teens/early 20s.

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Monday Mailbag: Marlie Madness

Jeff Veillette
April 20 2015 06:50PM


The Leafs are out of hockey games to lose. They didn't end up with the promised child, Connor McDavid. Unsurprisingly, the topics here have changed a little bit. The focus has shifted to the organizational players that are still playing, and typically that involves the surging Toronto Marlies. Here's four questions you had about the team, plus a raging outlier.

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TLN Player Power Rankings: Draft Lottery Edition

Jon Steitzer
April 20 2015 01:00PM

In case you missed it, the Leafs will not be drafting first overall thanks to the rigidly held tradition that the Oilers must pick first overall. While there was a 9.5% chance at happiness, there was an even greater chance at sadness (depending on your allegiances as high as 90.5%). We can take comfort in the fact that Connor McDavid will not be a Bruin, a King, or a Flyer, and to me that’s worth celebrating. The fact that he’s playing out of conference is also a nice little plus. And there’s the small matter of the Leafs being able to select an incredibly talented player with the 4th overall pick. Hanifin, Strome, Marner, you can’t go wrong (famous last words) and personally I don’t care which one is selected since at some point of the past season I’ve made a case for anyone of them being a Leaf.

Like the draft results or not, the draft lottery has set off a series of events around the league that will shift the way the off season is approached, and given that there aren’t any Leafs games to base power rankings on this week. We will instead rank the top ten Leafs who could be impacted by the draft lottery results.

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McLellan let go by Sharks, could be an option for the Leafs

Ryan Fancey
April 20 2015 11:05AM

This summer has the potential to be one of the busiest in recent years for a lot of NHL clubs, as it's been forecast to include a deep draft and an abundance of options for coaching and management positions in need of filling. After a few teams got things started with personnel changes last week (notably the Leafs and Flyers), a bigger name hit the market today when Todd McLellan and the Sharks decided things just weren't working out

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Marlies win seventh consecutive game, finish seventh in West

Jeff Veillette
April 19 2015 08:23PM

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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. 

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