The Marlies began this past season with what was believed to be an incredibly strong team, but things didn’t work out that way.
When the Maple Leafs organization maneuvered into having their AHL team be solely focused on development, there was expectation that results would change. On any given night, the Marlies had up to seven rookies in their lineup and it was going to take some time before we see success from a group like that.
Put that together with a head coach who’s in his first real AHL season — it’s a lot of raw talent that just needs time to develop.
There’ll be a number of players that come back next season with a chip on their shoulder after being a part of the first Marlies team to miss the playoffs since 2010-11. However, there’ll also likely be a number of players not returning either.
Brett Seney, Josh Ho-Sang, Joseph Blandisi, Jack Kopacka, Rich Clune, Marc Michaelis, Michael Hutchinson and Teemu Kivihalme will all be UFA’s come July 13. Toronto will also have a number of RFA’s like Kristians Rubins, Chad Krys, and most notably, Joseph Duszak.
Let’s begin with the RFA’s.
I say most notably in regards to Duszak because he likely won’t be returning to the Marlies next season. Being the po …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation