When it comes to the offseason plans of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate, it’s out with the old and in with the new.
Coming off a season in which the organization’s most promising prospects – Rasmus Sandin, Jeremy Bracco, Timothy LIljegren, Adam Brooks, Pierre Engvall and Mason Marchment – propelled the team to within two wins from advancing to their second consecutive Calder Cup Finals, the Marlies’ supporting cast is undergoing a facelift this offseason. While Toronto has never been shy to flex their financial muscle in signing marquee AHL talent to NHL one-way deals, they upped the ante this offseason.
Those players can be deemed “accelerators”, whose jobs are to otherwise accelerate the development of the Leafs’ young prospects by surrounding them with high-level talent relative to the level.
You see, the majority of the Leafs’ new additions – Pontus Aberg, Kenny Agostino, Tyler Gaudet, Kalle Kossila, Nick Shore, Garret Wilson and Kevin Gravel – aren’t just really good AHL players, but also capable NHL utility players. And the thing is, with only a handful of spots up for grabs at this years’ training camps, most of these recent acquisitions will be Marlies bound in the fall.
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Author: Jacob Stoller / The Leafs Nation