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Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« Reply #75 on: November 14, 2017, 09:05:30 PM »
Dzierkals, who is on an AHL deal but hasn't seen any game action this season, has been loaned to the Solar Bears to get some work in. Keefe is pretty high on his skill set, and it'll be a matter of putting on pro-level strength and putting all those tools together. Think Soshnikov with more snarl and willingness to get into the middle of the ice (at least last year's Sosh).
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Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« Reply #76 on: November 20, 2017, 09:38:15 AM »

This really hasn't received much attention anywhere, but Liljegren's been out with an upper-body injury since November 4th. He's missed 6 games in that span.
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« Reply #77 on: November 20, 2017, 10:10:06 AM »

This really hasn't received much attention anywhere, but Liljegren's been out with an upper-body injury since November 4th. He's missed 6 games in that span.

Wait a minute, Matthews was out too, also with an upper body injury.  Coincidence? Or were they at a secret "Foundations of Future Stanley Cup winning teams" meeting?
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« Reply #78 on: November 20, 2017, 10:57:46 AM »
Wait a minute, Matthews was out too, also with an upper body injury.  Coincidence? Or were they at a secret "Foundations of Future Stanley Cup winning teams" meeting?

Low key trip to Sweden to check out all of Dahlin's water bottles. #mononucollusiosis

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Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« Reply #79 on: November 23, 2017, 09:43:39 AM »
Stay calm everyone, Liljegren's back. Picked up an assist in a 5-2 win last night. These were the lines the Marlies went with:

Marchment-Aaltonen-Kapanen
Timashov-Mueller-Johnsson
Rychel-Gauthier-Greening
Moore-Smith-Clune

Dermott-Liljegren
Marincin-Holl
Nielsen-Rosen

Sparks

Aaltonen had a pretty nifty goal in the win:


Just his 3rd in 17 games though. He has 9 points on the season.
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« Reply #80 on: November 23, 2017, 10:55:31 AM »
The Marlies are steamrolling their division right now, and among the top 3 teams in the league.

They have the best goal differential (+25), the second fewest goals allowed (35, while the lowest at 33 has played 4 fewer games and is -4), and the second most goals for (65, 2 behind the leaders with 67 who have both played one more game), all with a fairly inconsistent lineup. Only 5 players have played every game so far (Smith, Timashov, Greening, Rychel, Mueller).

Sparks is also playing on fire.

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« Reply #81 on: November 23, 2017, 11:12:18 AM »
Sparks leads all AHL goalies in GAA (1.56) and Sv% (0.946), and is tied for 1st in wins (9) and shutouts (2). He's the clear cut best goalie in the AHL right now.

Bibeau is also having a hell of a season for San Jose's AHL affiliate. He's only 4-3 but he has a 1.82 GAA and 0.933 Sv%.
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« Reply #82 on: November 24, 2017, 09:16:43 AM »
That's great news. I had (still have?) serious doubts about him turning into anything, but maybe he's actually got a chance.

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« Reply #84 on: November 26, 2017, 09:32:52 PM »
Marlies continuing to set fire to the league, and sit 16-4 in their first 20 games this season, thanks to (very) solid goaltending, a mobile defense corps, and scoring from all four lines.


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« Reply #85 on: November 27, 2017, 11:13:50 AM »
Time for Sparky to become our McBackup
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« Reply #86 on: November 27, 2017, 01:34:08 PM »
That's great news. I had (still have?) serious doubts about him turning into anything, but maybe he's actually got a chance.

It seems that goalies can have a much more extended development curve, but skaters seem to top out at 22-23 years old.

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Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« Reply #87 on: November 27, 2017, 01:40:36 PM »
https://m.soundcloud.com/leafs-geeks/episode-72-prospect-update-with-scott-wheeler

Scott Wheeler joins LeafsGeeksPodcast to review the progress of some Marlies. He also dips into what's up with non-Marlies prospects towards the end.

Dermott is getting the Rielly treatment this season, getting a load of defensive matchups and PK-only, hence his numbers this year.
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« Reply #88 on: November 27, 2017, 02:06:16 PM »
The Athletic took a deep-dive into Garret Sparks' game.
https://theathletic.com/166961/2017/11/27/behind-the-save-the-technical-side-of-toronto-marlies-starter-garret-sparks/

Very goaltender-speak heavy analysis (i.e. I like it). And you can get a pretty good glimpse at how out of depth most announcers are when trying to discuss goaltending during games.

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Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« Reply #89 on: November 27, 2017, 04:21:21 PM »
http://faceoffcircle.ca/2017/11/27/making-case-marlies-remaining-captainless/

The Marlies (#TeamDubas) fill me with so much hope. They have so much depth that they can't afford to name a #gudpro captain that they'd be forced to play every game. Their cycle of high quality depth coming in and out of the lineup on any given night, especially those standard AHL 3-in-3 weekends, means we usually have the freshest legs ready to go.

If the Leafs didn't have Komarov, Martin, Moore, and sometimes Bozak bogging down the lineup, I can imagine guys like Kapanen, Leivo, Soshnikov, Johnsson, Timashov rotating in and out per the team style we're facing, back to backs, etc. Or maybe keep someone like Martin in that mix for heavier nights. There's a feminine hygiene product metaphor in there somewhere.

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Re: 2017-18 Marlies
« Reply #89 on: November 27, 2017, 04:21:21 PM »