The 2021/22 Toronto Marlies season was a disappointing one as the franchise missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade following a heartbreaking loss on the last day of the regular season.
Despite the lacklustre team performance, there were still multiple individual performances that saw their stock rise over the course of the season.
In the first of a three-part series reviewing the notable individual performances of the Marlies this past season, today we’ll be taking a look at five players on the Marlies roster that exceeded my pre-season expectations for them during the 2021/22 season.
Coming into this season, no player on an AHL contract was more intriguing than Curtis Douglas.
Standing at 6-foot-9 and 238 pounds, Douglas is enormous. In fact, if he is to ever play an NHL game, he would become the largest forward in league history. Needless to say, with these characteristics, Douglas was an eye-catching signing on a risk-free AHL contract.
Interestingly, Douglas played for the Belleville Senators in 2020/21 with the OHL cancelled and was unable to play in his final year of junior eligibility. He scored only four points in 11 games and at the season’s end, the Marlies came knocking.
My expectation was for Douglas to primarily play as a low event fourth line centre for the Marlies, …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation