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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #150 on: March 13, 2017, 02:57:03 PM »
I've tried to follow the Marlies the last couple of seasons. Followed their social media, set up feeds to get their results on my phone etc. I've watched a few games on AHL Live (despite it being silly expensive). But I find it hard to really care so the games kind of almost bore me.

Is there a Marlies core of fans who are Marlies first, or is it mostly people looking to watch Leaf prospects etc. Is there anyone here who would be a proper Marlies "fan/supporter"?

No Arn, I think we all look at the Marlies as the development camp and feeding tube for the Loafs
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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #151 on: March 27, 2017, 09:27:40 AM »
The Marlies now sit atop the North division with 79 points in 68 games. They are a little lucky as their division is pretty easily the worst of the 4 in the AHL right now. Despite sitting atop their division they rank just 12th overall in the league. Still, they've definitely been one of the best teams for the past few months.

They had a 3-in-3 this weekend, these were their forward line-ups on the weekend:

Rychel-Findlay-Griffith
Moore-O'Reilly-Sislo
Leipsic-Greening-Kapanen
Timashov-Gauthier-Lindberg
        Moore-Findlay-Griffith
Johnsson-Kalinin-Sislo
Leipsic-Greening-Lindberg
Rychel-Gauthier-Clune
        Rychel-O'Reilly-Griffith
Johnsson-Kalinin-Sislo
Leipsic-Greening-Kapanen
Moore-Gauthier-Lindberg

It's interesting that when Kapanen and Leipsic went down with injuries earlier in the year they were leading the team offensively, and now they find themselves a little lower in the line-up. That hasn't really slowed those 2 down though. Leispic has 5 points in 7 games since returning to the line-up (including 4 points in the 3 games this weekend). Kapanen has 10 points in 10 games since returning from his injury.

Cal O'Reilly, the new centre the Marlies acquired, has 6 points in 7 games with the team. Mike Sislo has been a good addition to the team too, scoring 13 points in 11 games since being traded for Colin Smith. The other Marlies addition around the deadline, Sergey Kalinin, has been a bit of a bust offensively with just 3 points in 13 games.

 Kerby Rychel is on a 3-game pointless streak but prior to that he had 21 points in his last 20 games. Andreas Johnsson is on a 7-game point streak and has 26 points in his last 26 games.And last but not least Seth Griffith has 37 points in 30 games since going down to the Marlies. That Pt/game pace would put him tied for 1st overall in the league in scoring.

Garret Sparks' performance also deserves mentioning. He's 18-7-0 with a 2.08 GAA and 0.927 Sv%. That gives him the 2nd best GAA and the 2nd best Sv% in the league. Bibeau is 13-14-5 with a 3.08 GAA and 0.894 Sv%. The Marlies literally have one of the best goalies in the league and one of the worst, and the worst one has more GP for some reason. Thankfully the team has fixed that situation. Prior to December 28th Bibeau had 16 starts while Sparks had just 6. Since then the starts are 20 to 15 in favour of Sparks. Sparks missed about a month with an injury too but he just returned this weekend (good timing if Andersen is hurt).
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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #152 on: March 27, 2017, 09:37:06 AM »
Jesus, I just realized that Ben Smith wouldn't crack this Marlies team right now.

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #153 on: March 27, 2017, 09:57:20 AM »
Inspired by a post on reddit:

Yea, on the eve of the twentieth day, of the first month of the year twenty seventeen, the Panthers of Florida did waive their claim to one Seth, of the Wallaceburg Griffiths. The Maple Leafs of Toronto saw fit to expend a contract slot and re-stake their claim to the rights for Seth, in the hopes of returning him to their fold.

On that following day, Seth of the Griffiths was welcomed back to Toronto, under the watchful eye of Kyle of the Dubases, and entered service with the Marlboroughs of Toronto.

Up until this time, the Marlboroughs of Toronto had suffered many losses. Not only had they lost more than half of their battles (16-19-3), but their most stalwart scorers had also fallen to injury. They were in the doldrums after their previous season of success under the leadership of the Golden Child, William of Nyland (also known as the Scoring Guy), and his band of relentless forecheckers (Zach of the Hymans, Connor of the Browns, Nikita of Soshnik).

Seth of the Griffiths could not have arrived at a better time. Since he began plying his trade for the Marlboroughs of Toronto, the tide of the season's battles did turn, granting victory to his team much more often than not (21-7-2). They have since reclaimed possession of the coveted top spot in their division.

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tl;dr:
Today, the Marlies are 37-26-5, and now sit atop the North Division.
Up to Jan 20, they were 16-19-3; win% = 0.421.
Jan 21 to now: 21-7-2; win% = 0.700.

#MakeSethGriffithHappen

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #154 on: March 27, 2017, 10:42:05 AM »
Who's this Findlay?

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #155 on: March 27, 2017, 10:50:26 AM »
#MakeSethGriffithHappen

I hope he's up to play ahead of Smith and not for another reason.

I am glad to see Kapanen get the call-up ahead of Griffith too.  Seriously.  Lots of great AHL scorers aren't NHL players.  Kapanen has spent a bunch of this year on the PK for the Marlies too so that addresses one of Babcock's desires from his 4th line RW. 

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #156 on: March 27, 2017, 10:54:52 AM »
#MakeSethGriffithHappen

I hope he's up to play ahead of Smith and not for another reason.

I am glad to see Kapanen get the call-up ahead of Griffith too.  Seriously.  Lots of great AHL scorers aren't NHL players.  Kapanen has spent a bunch of this year on the PK for the Marlies too so that addresses one of Babcock's desires from his 4th line RW.

I'm perfectly okay with Kapanen getting the call ahead of Griffith. I think PK, as you mention, is one of the reasons, but it was always in their plans to bring him up this season if possible. His injury put a bit of a damper that plan initially, but I think we'll be seeing a much more assertive Kapanen this time around.

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #157 on: March 27, 2017, 10:55:47 AM »
Who's this Findlay?

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=130531

Solar Bears call up.

That's how deep our centre depth is outside the NHL.

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #158 on: March 27, 2017, 11:19:41 AM »
Kapanen has spent a bunch of this year on the PK for the Marlies too so that addresses one of Babcock's desires from his 4th line RW. 

I'd be somewhat impressed by Babcock if he actually played Kapanen on the PK. I just didn't get the sense that Babcock saw him as a penalty killer type in Kap's limited time with the Leafs last season. I'm not saying it won't ever happen, but given what's at stake right now I don't see it.

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #159 on: March 27, 2017, 11:22:15 AM »
Kapanen has spent a bunch of this year on the PK for the Marlies too so that addresses one of Babcock's desires from his 4th line RW. 

I'd be somewhat impressed by Babcock if he actually played Kapanen on the PK. I just didn't get the sense that Babcock saw him as a penalty killer type in Kap's limited time with the Leafs last season. I'm not saying it won't ever happen, but given what's at stake right now I don't see it.

Apparently Babcock and Lou were at the Marlies game yesterday.  Kapanen stood out all game, including on the PP and PK.  Kapanen has made huge strides defensively this year according to Keefe.  Fingers crossed Babcock does actually play him- ahead of Smith and on the PK.

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #160 on: March 27, 2017, 11:27:44 AM »
The Kap! The rookie infusion continues. Some of the fruits of Phil.

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #161 on: March 27, 2017, 11:44:57 AM »
Kapanen has spent a bunch of this year on the PK for the Marlies too so that addresses one of Babcock's desires from his 4th line RW. 

I'd be somewhat impressed by Babcock if he actually played Kapanen on the PK. I just didn't get the sense that Babcock saw him as a penalty killer type in Kap's limited time with the Leafs last season. I'm not saying it won't ever happen, but given what's at stake right now I don't see it.

Apparently Babcock and Lou were at the Marlies game yesterday.  Kapanen stood out all game, including on the PP and PK.  Kapanen has made huge strides defensively this year according to Keefe.  Fingers crossed Babcock does actually play him- ahead of Smith and on the PK.

Other than convenient injuries to Leivo, Soshnikov, is there anything to read into Kapanen getting the call up with only 8 games left in the season? Or does his ELC no longer slide now that he has turned 20?

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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #162 on: March 27, 2017, 11:50:11 AM »
Kapanen has spent a bunch of this year on the PK for the Marlies too so that addresses one of Babcock's desires from his 4th line RW. 

I'd be somewhat impressed by Babcock if he actually played Kapanen on the PK. I just didn't get the sense that Babcock saw him as a penalty killer type in Kap's limited time with the Leafs last season. I'm not saying it won't ever happen, but given what's at stake right now I don't see it.

Apparently Babcock and Lou were at the Marlies game yesterday.  Kapanen stood out all game, including on the PP and PK.  Kapanen has made huge strides defensively this year according to Keefe.  Fingers crossed Babcock does actually play him- ahead of Smith and on the PK.

Other than convenient injuries to Leivo, Soshnikov, is there anything to read into Kapanen getting the call up with only 8 games left in the season? Or does his ELC no longer slide now that he has turned 20?

ELC no longer slides as he's two years out from his draft year.  Unless I misunderstood the rules, its about the years from draft and age combined.  Ie, Dermott, Nielsen, and Timashov are all on the Marlies this year and have already turned 20- but they were born after September 15th so they were 2015 draftee's.  Cap Friendly shows them as Slide-Risk this season, while Kapanen isn't. 

(Note, if you were 19 and drafted in 2015, then you wouldn't slide this year.  Same with Adam Brooks next year, he won't slide at all despite being drafted last year.)
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Re: 2016-17 Marlies Talk: New Season, Continued Expectations
« Reply #163 on: March 27, 2017, 12:02:39 PM »
Who's this Findlay?

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=130531

Solar Bears call up.

That's how deep our centre depth is outside the NHL.

Huh...no kidding!

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