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Toronto Marlies sign Jordan Papirny to ATO

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.

Regular Season Playoffs
 2009-10  SSAC Lions Bantam AAA  AMBHL 17 2.12 0.906 2.87 .902
 2010-11  SSAC Lions Bantam AAA  AMBHL 18 1.81 0.918
 SSAC Midget AA 2  NAMHL 5.14 0.875
 Team Edmonton South  Alberta Cup 3 3.2 0.886
 2011-12  SSAC Athletics Midget AAA  AMHL 20 3.76 0.871
 Team Alberta  WCCC-16 2 1 0.95
 2012-13  Brandon Wheat Kings  WHL 3 2.84 0.893
 Sherwood Park Crusaders  AJHL 1 7.48 0.818
 SSAC Athletics Midget AAA  AMHL 22 2.59 0.915 14 1.61 .946
 Canada Pacific U17  WHC-17 1 6 0.833
 2013-14  Brandon Wheat Kings  WHL 46 3.28 0.9 9 3.45 .914
 2014-15  Brandon Wheat Kings  WHL 59 2.74 0.91 19 2.55 .921
 2015-16  Brandon Wheat Kings  WHL 54 2.61 0.91 21 2.93 .897
 Brandon Wheat Kings  Mem Cup 3 5.16 0.839
 2016-17  Brandon Wheat Kings  WHL 26 3.24 0.906
 Swift Current Broncos  WHL 17 3.15 0.909 14 2.48 .935

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.

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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.


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  • Stan Smith

    With the influx of players into camp now is the right time to get a closer look at goalies. Usually the problem is finding goalies ice time, be it in games or practises. Smart move by what appears to be a smart front office.