Preseason Post-Game #5: 5 Takeaways From the Marlies Shutting Out the Habs

It’s the fifth game of the preseason and the Toronto Maple Leafs — made up of essentially players that are going to be playing as Marlies this season — are in Montreal. Surprisingly, Toronto was able to win 3-0 and Michael Hutchinson earned the shutout.
It never gets old. Making the Canadiens look like complete fools in their own building, coming at the hands of old AHL veterans that are trying to earn an NHL roster spot.
Nic Petan was able to net two assists and the Russian Stud Egor Korshkov was able to score a couple of goals to lead their team to the win.
What exactly was memorable from this game? Well let’s find out:
1) Nic Petan, the Small God
Petan might have been thrown into the roster as part of the preseason rule that requires a certain number of players with NHL experience, but he was able to put on a show as the key forward against Montreal tonight.
By this game alone, he should earn a depth forward position to start the regular season. It was one of those games where you just sensed the player was everywhere on the ice for the full 60 minutes.
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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

2019 NHL Draft Recap: Mikhail Abramov brings smarts and skill

This is the fifth of my six 2019 NHL Draft Recap articles, in which I do a deep dive into every Maple Leafs selection from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
With the 115th overall selection in the 2019 draft, the Maple Leafs took a swing on skilled Russian playmaker, Mikhail Abramov, who spent his draft season in the QMJHL with the Victoriaville Tigres. Abramov was expected to be taken higher than this by many people who followed the draft all season long (myself included) and seems like a good value selection in the fourth round.
Let’s take a look at what Abramov brings to the table
Scouting Report
If you’re on Twitter, like me, you probably see some absurd takes from time to time. One of the worst takes I saw post-draft was that the Leafs had a bad draft because they selected a bunch of small players, none of which were born in Canada.
Mikhail Abramov is an undersized Russian player, but despite what some people may tell you, that is not always a bad thing.
I can confirm, Mikhail Abramov is not a big player. Quite the opposite, actually. Most 17/18-year-old players are physically immature, but Abramov is even …

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Author: 51Leafs / The Leafs Nation