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#21
Good question Caper. The Marlies play Wed, Fri and Saturday.
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#22
Bibeau's been sent down and Enroth's been recalled again.  Gets him in another game or two during the bye week.
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#23
We don't have any games until Friday? There are already 8 teams in the conference that have played more games than us (some of them 2-3 more games). We'll be right at the bottom of the conference for games played by Friday I'd imagine.
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#24
You'll have 6 games in hand on Boston after your break. That's huge.

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(2017-01-08, 10:53 AM)Blueeagle3 Wrote: Good question Caper.   The Marlies play Wed, Fri and Saturday.

The reason I ask is according to the panel last night during the 2nd period intermission, sounded as if Babcock was pissed as the league mandates limited practise time next week for the Leafs because of the bi-week! So would make sense anyone not on wavier could go down to practise if nothing else! Maybe in Bibeau's case get a game in to stay sharp. In Andersen's case he looked last to need a few days of rest.
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(2017-01-08, 02:09 PM)bchippie Wrote: You'll have 6 games in hand on Boston after your break. That's huge.

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that's crazy..
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#27
Marlies lost an OT game against the Amerks. Kapanen scored his second to force OT but they couldn't close it out.

Leafs are going to have to find a spot for Kapanen. He's finding a new level. Rychel is another guy now starting to find a pro game. if he finds a way to be a player it's a huge bonus for the Leafs, big physical player with some hands and a decent skater to boot. he's a first rounder with two 40 goal seasons in the OHA a Gold medal winner in the WU17HC and a Bronze medal winner with Team Canada in the WJHC.
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#28
Are any of those guys you mention defensemen? That's what we need.
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#29
viable...check out Andrew Nielsen.

Big bodied d-man, currently 3rd in Marlies scoring, 6'3" 210lbs...turned 20 in November.

Looking like he could be a steal and a hell of a projection draft from our scouts. His numbers in the WHL jumped big time after being drafted and he's continued his offensive development curve in his first year in the AHL.

He has a bomb from the point, big strong kid and moves pretty well for a big guy.

About as legitimate a D prospect as you could ask for, IMO.
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#30
Nielson has been doing great this year, and I think is our only current farm system hope for a top 4 role. Dermott has been taking a little longer to adjust and Valiev / Loov are more 5/6 guys. I don't think we have much in the pipeline in junior either.
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#31
Valiev can play up in the 3-4 slot. Loov in the 5-6, Valiev has some upside.
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#32
The one thing I'm curious to see with Nielsen is how his 5v5 game will translate to the NHL. The vast majority of his points, like 75% of them I think, have come on the PP. So his production should be taken with a grain of salt. That said, there's nothing wrong with having a PP specialist. But it's the even strength game that I think the Leafs need help with the most.
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#33
For sure, shady. Not saying he's a shoo-in top 4 d-man either...but that said, all we can really judge him on as Leafs fans is what he has done since draft day...and that's encouraging to say the least. I don't see a lot of WHL games, and when he was drafted, I looked at his numbers, and I thought: "Oh..here's another big bodied d-man who got picked too early (3rd round) because he's 6'3". He didn't appear to have much of an offensive game, but the quotes from our scouts were about what they thought he was capable of offensively, and it appears they were right on the money.

He followed up his draft with 70pts in 72 games 122PIMs and has followed that up by tracking for 50+ in his rookie AHL season. Racking up PP points also means he's good enough in year one to be a fixture on the PP for an AHL team.

I would imagine (unless we're right in the thick of the playoff race) he'll get a little audition post-deadline when Hunwick and Polak will likely be elsewhere. I'm sure he'll spend another year on the farm regardless, but I think he's played well enough to warrant an audition at the NHL level.
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#34
Absolutely. If you can nab a 3rd rounder who is doing what Nielsen is doing right now at the pro level a year and half after being drafted, you'll take that every single time.
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#35
What we need is a hard-nosed stay at home defence first D-man. Or somebody who can become one. We already have two very good puck-movers. What we need is a Weber or a Doughty.
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(2017-01-10, 09:13 AM)Viable Wrote: What we need is a hard-nosed stay at home defence first D-man. Or somebody who can become one. We already have two very good puck-movers. What we need is a Weber or a Doughty.
Oh sure.

A Weber or a Doughty.

No shit Sherlock

But yes...And a Righty at that.

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#37
How about a Weber AND a doughty
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#38
The only chance the Leafs have of finding a player remotely approaching star caliber will probably be in free agency with Shattenkirk. I expect they'll make a strong run at him.

If they get him, I suppose they'll still need to figure out the bottom pairing. Will Marincin still be around? Will they promote a Marlie? Will they sign another free agent, like maybe Russell, Alzner or Quincey instead?
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#39
I agree with Shady... I think Shattenkirk is a major target. I can't say that I've seen much of him. I don't know how good he is defensively, but I'd like to see Zaitsev on the 2nd pairing, Carrick on the 3rd. I think Shattenkirk can make that happen.



We have the cap space...And I have to think that Toronto is a pretty attractive looking place these days....And for once in a long while, it's because of the roster, and the management group.

Shattenkirk and a better back up goalie probably puts this team into the playoffs for the 17'-18' season.

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#40
Don't know if Shattenkirk is the guy i want...dont know enough about him. hows his defensive game?
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