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@Filip Kral | LHD | Toronto Marlies (AHL)
— Nick Richard (@_NickRichard) January 12, 2022
@Mikhail Abramov | C | Toronto Marlies (AHL)
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) January 5, 2022
@Ty Voit | C/W | Sarnia (OHL)
Here was #LeafsForever prospect Ty Voit's first of five assists tonight. Took a pass in the slot, froze the goalie and defender with a fake shot and made a nice pass to the teammate for the easy tap in. pic.twitter.com/XVs5WioNlJ
— Mr. Knies Guy (@brigstew86) January 15, 2022
— Mr. Knies Guy (@brigstew86) January 16, 2022
Notes from the rest of the prospect pool
- Matthew Knies had another strong weekend for Minnesota, scoring his eighth goal of the season on Friday night before tallying an assist in Saturday’s rematch. For the season, he has 22 points in 22 games and has been one of the Gophers’ most dangerous offensive players on a line with Ben Meyers and Chaz Lucius. Though his World Juniors experience was cut short, he won’t have to wait long to suit up in the Red, White, and Blue once again as he and fellow Maple Leafs prospect Nick Abruzzese were named to Team USA for the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.
— Nick Richard (@_NickRichard) January 15, 2022
- The Olympic nod wasn’t the only honor Nick Abruzzese earned last week. He was named the ECAC Conference’s Player of the Week and was also named as a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s best player. Currently leading Harvard in scoring and boasting the best points per game mark in college hockey, he should be considered a strong candidate to win the award. Missing time for the Olympics could hurt his chances, however. It’s going to be an exciting few months for Abruzzese as he gets to suit up for his country on the big stage before presumably turning pro at the end of the college season.
- Ryan Tverberg of the UConn Huskies was also on the long list for the Hobey Baker Award. His production has slowed a bit since returning from Canada’s World Junior Camp and he has seen his role slightly diminished but he is still tied for the team lead in scoring, averaging just under a point per game.
- Topi Niemelä found his way onto the scoresheet on Friday, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-1 victory. Despite being held without a point in four of his last five games, he is still tied for the Liiga scoring lead among defencemen. Now that NHL players aren’t going to be participating in the Olympics, Niemelä is a likely candidate to be included on the Finnish roster.AdvertisementAdAdvertisementAd
— Lassi Alanen (@lassialanen) January 14, 2022
- Král and Abramov aren’t the only Marlies who have been racking up points as of late. Alex Steeves has been one of the Marlies’ best players ever since returning from a shoulder injury he suffered in camp and currently has 19 points through his first 19 AHL games, including six points in his last five games.
- @Joey Anderson returned to the Marlies with a bang on Sunday, netting a hat-trick in his first game back after a brief NHL stint. He hasn’t been able to make an impact for the Leafs in limited opportunities to this point but he has been an important piece for the Marlies, playing big minutes and racking up 13 goals to go along with five assists in just 22 games. Anderson could eventually prove to be valuable depth for the Leafs.
Joey Anderson gets the hat-trick and wins it in overtime for the #Marlies.
Plus the call from Todd Crocker. pic.twitter.com/0kOYl6ODdm
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) January 16, 2022
- The Marlies were bitten by the injury bug this week as both @Joseph Woll and @Semyon Der-Arguchintsev landed on the shelf. SDA blocked a shot and should be fine after a few days assuming that nothing is broken, but the prognosis is a little less certain for Woll. He went down awkwardly in Saturday’s contest against Hershey and was forced to leave the game with what appeared to be a leg injury of some kind. Woll is in the midst of the best season of his career and finally looks comfortable at the professional level but injuries have limited his playing time. With any luck, both play be ready to return to action soon.
Joseph Woll looks to be in some pain after Matt Hellickson is pushed into Woll by Garrett Pilon. pic.twitter.com/5hyyBOhDFi
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) January 16, 2022
- He isn’t really a prospect anymore but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention @Timothy Liljegren’s first NHL goal. It has been a long road for the 2017 first-round pick but he has established himself as an NHL defenceman this season and it was great to see his solid play rewarded in the goal column. Consider this his graduation from the Leafs Prospect Roundup.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 16, 2022