Even though the Toronto Marlies seven week playoff run did not result in a title, but the experience of their playoff run could help the Toronto Maple Leafs with their chances in the NHL next season.
Here are some Marlies who could have an impact on the Maple Leafs for the 2012/13 season.
The first person I have to mention is Scrivens, even with a 4-0 sweep in the Calder Cup Final his playoff record was 11-4-1 with a 1.73 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage. Scrivens was the sole of the Marlies season this year and helped the team to the league’s team best GAA.
The rookie Gardiner had one of the busiest seasons of any Toronto hockey player. His 92 games between the Maple Leafs and Marles, became quite the story in Toronto with the fact that Gardiner came right out of college. I am sure Gardiner’s experience through the Calder Cup pursuit will benefit the Maple Leafs next season.
Even with Colborne’s recently struggles in the AHL this season, mainly due to a shattered finger. Colborne can control his own fate of whether he makes the Maple Leafs out of training camp this fall or spends another year being a leader with the Toronto Marlies.
I am sure that there is still hope that one day Kadri will be an everyday player. But right now, for me, I had a tough time putting Kadri on this list of players from the Toronto Marlies who could make an impact for the Maple Leafs next season.
Frattin ended the playoffs as the Marlies leading scorer with 10 goals, this college player also showed a physical side to his game, which brought out the positive critics. If Frattin can step up his game in the fall, he could be the Marlie player who will have the most profound impact on the Maple Leafs this season.
Some final words from Toronto Marlies Head Coach Dallas Eakins
“I want our guys to understand what an amazing season they had,” coach Dallas Eakins said in the wake of a Calder Cup final sweep by the Norfolk Admirals.
“They fought through adversity, they bonded, they leaned on each other to have the expectation to win. I think we fostered an expectation to win here that I hope rubs off on our organization.
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