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Marlies' offence kept at bay, Bears win series [Video]

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2016-05-30

TORONTO — The high-flying offence of the Toronto Marlies was a sensation at times in the regular season and a glimmer of hope for the future of the parent Maple Leafs.

Game #5 Review: Hershey Bears 3 vs. Toronto Marlies 2

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2016-05-30

The Toronto Marlies’ Calder Cup dream is over. Needing victory to avoid elimination, the Toronto Marlies dug themselves a hole heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. Trailing 3-1 and having only registered 12 shots on net, Toronto required a big effort in a do-or-die third period. After surviving a couple of early scares, relying on Antoine Bibeau to […] The post Game #5 Review: Hershey Bears 3 vs. Toronto Marlies 2 appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

2016 Memorial Cup Recap: London defeats Rouyn-Noranda 3-2 in OT

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-05-30

The London Knights fulfill their destiny and win the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament. Well, duh. In what is probably the biggest non-surprise of the hockey season the London Knights won the 2016 Memorial Cup over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Knights came into the Memorial Cup Final on a 16 game winning streak and refused to stop for the QMJHL champions. This was the hockey game we all anted to see at least once in this tournament. Lots of fantastic chances for both teams, goalies standings on their heads and a real back and forth on puck possession. The Maple Leafs own Martins Dzierkals took the first shot one minute in to the game, and after that the official record show London outshot

Mitch Marner wins Memorial Cup MVP

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-05-30

The Leafs prospect adds another trophy to his collection after an amazing year in junior hockey After winning the Ted Lindsay Trophy as the OHL's "Most Outstanding Player" the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the OHL Playoff MVP, and was named CHL Player of the Year last night, Mitch Marner has another trophy for his collection, the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy, after being named the MVP of the 2016 Memorial Cup tournament. Marner scored 2 goals and had 12 assists to lead the Memorial Cup in scoring. The Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy is named after for Maple Leafs owner/president Stafford Smythe, son of legendary Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe. It was donated to the CHL after Stafford's d

Mitch Marner wins Memorial Cup MVP, sweeps the silverware

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-05-29

Embed from Getty Images Hockey has officially closed out for the Leafs organization this season. The World Championships are long done, the Toronto Marlies have been eliminated, and with the Memorial Cup Finals just ending, they no longer have Junior Hockey to scout or meaningful games for their prospects to play.With Leafs draft picks on both the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and the London Knights, there was going to be a high note for the group to end on no matter what. In this case, it was JJ Piccinich and Mitch Marner who got to celebrate at the final buzzer, with the latter capping off a historical season with even more silverware than he's already earned.

Goaltending the difference in Toronto Marlies' playoff exit

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-05-29

The Toronto Marlies' third round exit to Justin Peters and the Hershey Bears saw goaltending play a major role. When the Toronto Marlies started their 2016 playoff run, goaltending was a relative strength. In the playoffs, it was their undoing. After a stint with the Leafs, 22-year-old Garret Sparks returned to the Marlies to cap off a regular season that saw him go 14-4-3 with a .928 save percentage (SV%). In six regular season games with the Marlies down the stretch in 2016, Sparks posted a .927 SV%. In his last start of the season, he made 45 saves on 47 shots (.957 SV%) But to start the playoffs, Antoine Bibeau – who posted a .909 SV% on the season and .917 SV% in 2016 – was pl

#AfterAuston: Tyler Benson

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2016-05-29

Embed from Getty Images Most Leafs fans remember Brian Burke saying that Morgan Rielly was at the top of his draft board for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Many were concerned about the pick, as Rielly had only played 18 games in his draft year. A lot was up in the air. Would he develop properly post-injury? Was the point-per-game pace he was on only a short hot streak?As we can see today, selecting Morgan Rielly with that pick seems to have been the right decision. A reach for Trouba or Lindholm, or catching Forsberg as he was falling, may have benefitted the Leafs more in the long run. But, Rielly has a promising future spearheading the Maple Leafs' blueline.For this upcoming draft, we

Toronto Marlies vs. Hershey Bears — Game Five Preview & Projected Lines

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2016-05-29

Toronto Marlies (1-3) vs. Hershey Bears (3-1): Game 5, Eastern Conference Final Best-of-Seven Series Puck drop: 3:00 p.m. EST  |  Watch: TSN2  |  Listen: TSN1050 More of the same from Game 4 is needed for the Toronto Marlies in Game 5. The Marlies have begun the slow climb back up the mountain in the series, but one shift at a time, […] The post Toronto Marlies vs. Hershey Bears — Game Five Preview & Projected Lines appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

Penguins GM Rutherford ‘surprised’ Kessel left off Team USA

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2016-05-29

Phil Kessel‘s World Cup exclusion caught his general manager off guard. The United States announced their full roster on Friday, leaving the talented sniper off their forward corps in favour of more defensive-minded players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, along with head coach Mike Sullivan, spoke with the media on Sunday where Rutherford was asked to comment on Kessel’s apparent snub. “I’m trying to decide whether I’m going to give you a long answer or a short one,” said Rutherford after a long pause. “I’m surprised he’s left off Team USA.” Kessel was the leading scorer for the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi

Prospect depth doesn't mean Leafs shouldn't trade down at the draft

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2016-05-29

Three reasons why trading down remains efficient, regardless of the health of your prospect system There have been countless articles on draft pick value and the benefits of trading down at the draft versus trading up (outside the very early picks of the first round, which have disproportionately high value). At this point, it's fairly well established that trading down for more draft picks is typically more efficient, as the marginal value of a better draft pick decreases as you exit the top 10 or so. By trading down, a team is trading off some quality in their draft pick for much more quantity in the amount of prospects they can pick. This has all been documented very thoroughly by p

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