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.
April 18 2015 10:16AM
Though it's not quite the same as playing for the Stanley Cup, there's a case to be made for the value of having your prospects play in the AHL's Calder Cup Playoffs. They (obviously) get to play more games, feel the pressure of must-win situations, and develop a further bond with teammates who could eventually join them in the league above.
However, some are skeptical of the process. The additional minutes, after all, are only beneficial if these players didn't lose that playing time in the regular season to make way for mercenary veterans. To get the most out of a playoff run, the players that you're looking to develop need to be the ones who got you there. In the case of the Toronto Marlies, who will head to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, the kids have done just that.
April 17 2015 09:31PM
The Toronto Marlies have clinched a playoff spot. Exciting, right?! What's more exciting is the fact that they did that without even having to win tonight's hockey game, as their position was secured by a Hamilton Bulldogs loss. With that said, a victory against the Milwaukee Admirals could help them climb even further, and after sixty three and a half minutes, they got just that.
April 17 2015 08:14PM
While tonight's game against the Milwaukee Admirals hasn't finished yet, the out-of-town scoreboard has done the damage required to send the Toronto Marlies to the Calder Cup Playoffs.
April 17 2015 04:00PM
Looking back on the season it's safe to say it’s been a mixed year for Leafs role players. There was some good, it may not leap out at you looking at the roster right now, but when you figure that Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli brought in a return of Brendan Leipsic, a 2nd and 4th, the Leafs clearly knew what they were doing late last summer. This make a strong case for sitting out the early days of free agency.
Unfortunately after those two names there is a substantial drop in the quality. There have been players who have had nice stretches over parts of the season, but generally there should be a lack of excitement over the current depth of this roster.