Bobby McMann began this season with the Newfoundland Growlers in the ECHL, but after four games, everything changed.
His four points in four games was good enough to get a call-up to the Marlies after Nick Robertson went down with an injury. Once he was called up, the 25-year-old never looked back.
McMann’s first full AHL season started with him in the Marlies’ bottom-six, not really getting much opportunity. Slowly but surely, throughout an injury riddled season for Toronto, the 25-year-old got his chance higher in the lineup, and that’s where he stayed.
Although he found himself lower in the lineup, at times, it wasn’t due to a lack of good play. At one point back in February, the Marlies had a top-nine with Nick Ritchie, Brett Seney, Joey Anderson, Joseph Blandisi, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, Nick Robertson, Kyle Clifford, Antti Suomela, and Nick Robertson.
But McMann stuck with his hard work and eventually found his opportunity back in the Marlies top-six, and he even secured a job on the first power play unit where he’s now a mainstay.
“I’m confident and happy with where I’m at right now, definitely not content.” Said the 25-year-old in a 1-on-1 interview earlier this season. “I always want to be better and obviously I think I’m showing th …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation