5 Toronto Marlies that failed to meet expectations this season

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.
Last week, I looked at the positive side of the season and identified five players that exceeded expectations for the year. You can check that one out here.
Today, though, we’re looking at the other side of things. As the Marlies missed the playoffs, there were players that failed to meet expectations and whose underwhelming performance partially contributed to the early end of the season.
Mikhail Abramov
Making the jump from the junior hockey level to the professional level is a huge step in a player’s career. Sometimes it goes smoothly, other times there is a bigger learning curve than anticipated.
For Mikhail Abramov, his season was much more of the latter. Coming into the season after winning the QMJHL championship in his final year of junior hockey, Abramov was expected to lock down a top nine position down the middle of the ice and provide a spark of offence for the Marlies.
While Abramov did remain in the top nine for a vast majority of the season, it was more so due to the Marlies’ lack of centres when the likes of Adam Brooks, Kirill Semyonov, and Michael Amadio all left the organization early in the season.
Finishing the year with seven goals and 28 points in 66 …

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Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation

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