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.
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.