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The Marlies In Context - A Playoff Primer
« on: April 21, 2016, 09:28:48 AM »
I thought this was a very good look at the Marlies season this year and how they stack up against some of the very best AHL teams of all-time. For those of us that have convinced ourselves that the Marlies are worth watching ( ;) ), it's an interesting analysis.

http://theleafsnation.com/2016/4/20/how-the-2015-16-marlies-have-set-the-bar-for-ahl-teams-moving-forward

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They weren't quite maximizing their capabilities until last season. In 2014/15, Leafs assistant GM and Marlies GM Kyle Dubas took his chances with the upcoming team transition phase and left himself a team that was was raw, young, and the right mix of hungry to climb into the NHL, but not quite ready to get there. Be it a drafted prospect or signed tryout player, the team was willing to take on any youth that appeared to have some upside. Meanwhile, Brandon Pridham began to exploit the cap benefit of sending waiver-exempt players like Stuart Percy up and down (or, in Practice Facility terms, across the hall) on off days to save a few bucks. Suddenly, more teams than ever wanted what Toronto had, and in the past year you've seen relocations (the multi-team California relocation) and acquisitions (the Arizona Coyotes just bought the Springfield Falcons to relocate to Tuscon this afternoon) and hijinks happen en masse.

The new method didn't bode well for the Marlies to start. They began the season 5-12-2, and the year was quickly brushed off as a lost cause.

They're 89-31-13 since, despite being one of the youngest teams in the league in both seasons. But here was my question; was the youth movement in 2015/16 Toronto stronger than the other super teams? The answer - absolutely.

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Re: The Marlies In Context - A Playoff Primer
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 09:55:04 AM »
This was the team to watch all along, but the MLSE owners didn't get their heads out of their butts fast enough to monetize this opportunity during a bad NHL year. At least they had the wherewithal to spend on the Marlies though (see Potvin29's post)!

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2016, 10:30:20 AM »
As Babs said, they are making the Leaf organization the one the locals would want to come back to, the organization to attract the NCAA free agents, the Zaitsev's etc. want to come to
In other words we have created the best pro hockey universe available to the up and comers.
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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2016, 10:05:23 AM »
It all starts tonight. Lets hope they can live up to the heavy expectations and win, win, win!! Go Marlies!!
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2016, 12:32:14 PM »
I will second and third that. Hope Gibson doesn't come back to haunt us.
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« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2016, 02:14:16 PM »
MLHS has a pretty good Marlies/Tigers first rounder preview with schedule on their site.

https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2016/04/22/toronto-marlies-vs-bridgeport-sound-tigers-round-one-preview/
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Re: The Marlies In Context - A Playoff Primer
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2016, 06:07:36 PM »
MLHS has a pretty good Marlies/Tigers first rounder preview with schedule on their site.

https://mapleleafshotstove.com/2016/04/22/toronto-marlies-vs-bridgeport-sound-tigers-round-one-preview/

Every time I read Bridgeport Sound Tigers I automatically think, "what are sound tigers?"
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The Marlies In Context - A Playoff Primer
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2016, 07:18:29 PM »
Bridgeport's arena turns into a rave with flashing lights etc when they score.

Ugly.

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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2016, 07:20:10 PM »
Also here is a link for anyone wanting to watch.

http://youtu.be/LzqvTx5PySA

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« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2016, 07:36:25 PM »
Also here is a link for anyone wanting to watch.

http://youtu.be/LzqvTx5PySA

Thanks for the link Patrick, was trying to look for one myself.

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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2016, 08:05:19 PM »
Nylander!!! Is Sparks injured? I was surprised to see he wasn't starting.
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2016, 08:09:31 PM »
Bibeau has been excellent since Sparks went to the NHL really.

.920+ since Feb and finished the season on a stretch of .940+.

His poor start makes his year look much worse that it eventually wound up being.




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Re: The Marlies In Context - A Playoff Primer
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2016, 08:15:39 PM »
That goal horn/lights thing in Bridgeport is the worst thing I've seen in a while.

They start it when it's not a goal, essentially turning out the arena lights on an active play.

lol

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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2016, 08:18:41 PM »
Also here is a link for anyone wanting to watch.

http://youtu.be/LzqvTx5PySA

Thanks for the link Patrick, was trying to look for one myself.

No problem mate.

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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2016, 08:41:09 PM »
Bibeau has been excellent since Sparks went to the NHL really.

.920+ since Feb and finished the season on a stretch of .940+.

His poor start makes his year look much worse that it eventually wound up being.

I thought the organization might want to get him back in the net to see how he responds after his finish in the NHL. I'm happy to see Bibeau starting as I have more faith in him possibly panning out, so hopefully he has a good run.
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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2016, 08:41:09 PM »