The Toronto Marlies have picked themselves up a little bit of support in goal this week, signing 21-year-old netminder Jordan Papirny to an Amateur Tryout contract on Tuesday.
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|Canada Pacific U17||WHC-17||1||6||0.833|
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While the reason behind the move hasn’t been completely laid out just yet, there are a few potential angles to consider. The most obvious one is
The most obvious one is injury; both the Marlies and their ECHL affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears had notable injuries occur with their starters in recent games. Garret Sparks was involved in a collision with Miles Wood in Game 2 against the Devils, while Ryan Massa suffered a head injury in an all-out brawl against the Florida Everblades.
With that said, Sparks’ disappearance from the last game appears to have been a preventative decision with a three-goal lead in tow, and while the idea of Kasimir Kaskisuo going down to try to keep the Bears alive sounds good on the surface, it would’ve been put into action already if it was a realistic option; Orlando has already played two games with Mitch Gilliam and Kris Joyce donning the pads. It hasn’t gone too well for them, with both games becoming losses, but one would suspect that Gilliam will be back in net for tonight’s winner-take-all Game 7.
More likely, the Marlies are more focused on getting a fourth goaltender to join the team for practices once the Leafs’ junior core begins to make their way to the Marlies; typically at this time of year, Toronto’s roster balloons to the point of requiring separate scrimmages to get all their players on the ice.
It also gives them a look towards next year; of all the above goaltenders mentioned, only Kaskisuo has a contract next year. Should they choose to not qualify Sparks (or the not previously mentioned Antoine Bibeau) and not offer Massa a shot at the AHL next year, bringing in Papirny now could be a precursor to a contract or at least a training camp invite. Certainly, his experience with playing starters minutes and his solid (though not elite) numbers in junior would lead you to believe that he’s got a shot at continuing his hockey career into the pro ranks.
Until we know for sure, though, he’s just another player on a list of many hoping to get a look.