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The annual Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Camp was held in mid July and the future of the organization was on full display.

There are some in the group that will make the jump to the AHL next season and perhaps one or two that will even hit NHL ice very soon. There are also a crop to keep an eye on, as they work closer to a spot pro’s and mature their game, along the way.

Of the 34 players invited to camp, here are a few to pencil into your notebooks ...

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The AHL is a development league. Turnover is expected and often happens on a year to year basis. The Marlies, a recent exception, have done a great job keeping a core group of players over the past three seasons. That group have played a big part in not only attaining success at the farm team level, but have also aided in translating that success to the Maple Leafs and NHL levels.  That said, change is inevitable.

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With so many Marlies turned Maple Leafs last season and some players getting opportunities ...

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When the Toronto Marlies introduced Steve Spott as the new head coach of the hockey team this July, it not only symbolized  a replacement for Dallas Eakins, but a changing of the guard in terms of roster formation. The team is getting younger. New talent will be moved in and groomed. A new path will be forged and Spott enters at perhaps the perfect time.

Spott offers plenty of connections to our great city. He is a Toronto native that played in the Leafs farm system when they had an ...

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As confirmed news arrived today that Dallas Eakins is headed to Edmonton to become the new coach of the NHL’s Oilers, lets reflect back at the last year of his coaching career with the Marlies…one that defines his impact in the Toronto organization.

Almost a year to the date, in fact, the Marlies had completed what was a historical run for their franchise, as challengers to the Calder Cup in 2012. It was not only the deepest playoff run for Toronto’s AHL team, but it marked the ...

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Well, folks, it was quite a year! The Marlies went through a work stoppage, transformation of their roster, injuries, slumps, influx of youth and still provided playoff hockey for a 2nd straight year. With that said, here is the final Pre Game Meal blog tied into the 2012-2013 Marlies season.

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While I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of them, it is certainly worth saluting the likes of Mike Zigomanis and Mike Mottau.

Mottau has amassed 300 NHL games, playing most recently with his hometown Boston Bruins, before arriving to the Leafs ...

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After a first round sweep of the Western Conference Quarter Finals, here is a little Marlies info to wet your whistle before round 2.

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Toronto’s 3-2 overtime win in-game 3 of the 1st round vs Rochester provided them with a sweep over the Americans in the first round, for the second straight post-season. Marlies forward Will Acton was the hero scoring  at the 5:14 mark of the 20 minute extra frame. When it was all said and done, Toronto had 14 skaters pick up at least a point in the opening ...

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Even in the last game of the regular season, the Marlies had a 1st to celebrate. Tyler Biggs recorded his 1st AHL/Pro goal with the 1st tally of the game vs St. John’s. Biggs collected 26 this past season with the Generals in the OHL and had 9 with Miami of Ohio one year before in the NCAA. The former Maple Leaf’s 1st round pick became the 9th Marlie player this season to record his 1st AHL goal in the 2012-2013 campaign. Congrats, Tyler!

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It’s time to play ketchup this time around at the Pre Game Meal….

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Welcome aboard! The Toronto Marlies have lowered the ramp and a mass of talent has formed a crew of young guns trying to make their mark in the AHL. Following in the skate strides of Rielly, Sparks, Broll and Percy are other CHL grads Tyler Biggs (Oshawa-OHL) and Joshua Leivo (Sudbury/Kitchener-OHL) to go along with a captain last year in the NCAA – Andrew MacWilliam (North Dakota).

Tyler Biggs hit the OHL for the first time this season and ...

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Following the NHL trade deadline, Toronto’s hockey teams rosters have remained in tact. In fact, the AHL version has grown, following the completion of playoff runs in the CHL. A trio of OHL’ers have migrated to the American Hockey League to join the Marlies.

Garret Sparks played 60 of his club’s 68 games this season. While with the Guelph Storm, Sparks put up 36 regular season wins to lead the OHL and  to go along with a .917 save

percentage. The Elmhurst, Illinois native also finished first in that league in minutes ...

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It was no ordinary trip through the Midwest division for the Toronto Marlies this past weekend. The group of games through Chicago, Milwaukee and Peoria represented numbers 3,4 and 5 of 7 straight away from Ricoh Coliseum and also brought the total number of states visited to 4 during the stretch of travel/games. However, those are not even the cool stats! The game against the Wolves, followed up by the game vs the Admirals represented to milestone moments for a pair of young Marlies.

Morgan Rielly scored his 1st AHL/Pro goal ...

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The Marlies introduced 2 new players recently, thanks to a pair of trades, each have made found a way to settle in quickly.The pair are tied together through Kenny Ryan tallies.
Kevin Marshall was acquired in a trade from Washington/Hershey that sent Nicholas Deschamps to the Capitals/Bears. Marshall earned his 1st point in his 1st game wearing a Marlies uniform, off an assist on a Kenny Ryan goal. Marshall now has 3 points (1g,2a) in his 3 games in a Marlies uniform. Marshall is a Boucherville, Quebec native.
Ryan Lasch was acquired ...

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AHL Toronto Marlies vs Preoria Rivermen, March 10, 2013

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Congrat’s are in order for Marlies forward Mike Zigomanis. The Scarborough native is in his 4th year with his hometown franchise and recently hit a pair of AHL milestones. After playing in his 500th AHL game on February 23rd vs Milwaukee, number 7  again laced em’ up for the Marlies on March 6th vs Syracuse and recorded point number 400 in his AHL career. That mark was acheived at Ricoh and in front of over 7 thousand students from around the GTA as the Marlies defeated the Crunch 6-3.

 

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AHL Toronto Marlies vs Binghamton Senators, March 2, 2013

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Sam Carrick has played hockey in the Toronto area for a long time. The 21-year-old played his entire OHL career in Brampton, totalling almost 300 games with the Battalion. After a stint with Idaho in the ECHL, the Stouffville native returned home to play his 1st AHL game in his own backyard. Lacing them up for the Marlies on Saturday vs the Binghamton Senators, the Maple Leafs 5th rounder was quick

to make it a milestone affair. Sam tallied an assist on Toronto’s opening goal of the game, and grabbed his ...

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Games at hand. The amount of games a team has played can help determine where they end up in the standings. It played in Toronto’s favour, following a win on Sunday, as the Marlies jumped from 8th to 3rd in the Western Conference. This is why the point continues to be made – the stretch of 10 straight home games (now 8) carries a lot of weight for the Marlies because of how they are positioned in the standings. At 51 games played heading into this week, Toronto has 27 ...

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Joe Colborne is 1 point away from 30 this season and has been one of the most productive Marlies since the new year. Totalling 12 points in January, the big centre has followed that effort up with 7 points, thus far, in February. He enters this weekend’s play off a 3 point performance in Syracuse, which saw him tally 2 goals in regulation and one more in the shootout. The Calgary native is only 10 points behind his Marlie career high of 39 and 14 points in rears of staking ...

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The Leafs-Marlies connections continue this week, as we look at a pair of former Marlies who are now having a great start to the NHL season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Leo Komarov scored his 1st NHL goal in Montreal and it acted as the game winner for the Leafs. After being drafted by Toronto in 2006, honing his game in the KHL and then breaking into North America with the Marlies, it has been a long wait for Komarov to even break into the NHL and so a huge congrats ...

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It’s back! The table has been set for another pre game meal and it kicks off a busy month of February.

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A pair of first’s to recognize, appropriately…first! Congratulations are in order to the Toronto Maple Leaf’s defenceman and Marlie grad – Korbinian Holzer as he put home his 1st NHL goal  in his 5th NHL game with the Leafs. Holzer provided the tally in the 2nd period of the February 5th game vs. Washington. As it turns out, it would also provide the Leafs with the win on the night ...

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The final two games of the month of January also represent the remaining pair before the AHL All-Star break. It also means this is the final Pre Game Meal before February, so please enjoy!

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The Maple Leafs home opener is always  a game that holds a few more special moments than most of the rest to follow over the course of the NHL season in Toronto. For the Marlies organization, it was extra special. 11 of the 20 players that made up the Maple Leafs home opening roster had spent playing ...

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It has been a very busy week and the Marlies have not yet reached game day, so buckle up for a packed full edition of the latest blog!
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For the second straight season, both coach Dallas Eakins and Captain Ryan Hamilton will represent the Toronto Marlies on the Western Conference All-Star squad. This honour, announced today, was also bestowed on defenceman Mike Kostka. While currently at Toronto Maple Leaf camp and missing time in the AHL, Kostka rests 3rd in the league when tallying points from a defenceman and would lead ...

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It is an all Canadian week in the AHL for the Marlies, so break out your maple syrup and enjoy the latest edition of the Pre Game Meal!

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It is always more fun to look at events in life in a positive manner and so, I choose to do so with the Marlies entering play in St. John’s off a loss to Hamilton. Toronto had played 10 games without a regulation loss prior to Tuesday night and in those 10 games, collected 8 wins and 18 of a possible 20 points. ...

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