Growlers’ season primer; names to keep an eye on: Report from the Rock

Growlers’ season primer; names to keep an eye on: Report from the Rock

After an abbreviated training camp, (the advantages of having an affiliated organization that’s invested in success at every level,) the Newfoundland Growlers begin their season tonight at home.
As has become tradition, the Growlers have a majority of players assigned to their team from the Marlies. Among those names are a number of players who will benefit from much higher ice time than they’d get in the AHL. And those young players may put themselves in a position to earn ELCs from the Maple Leafs.
This season, Report from the Rock will largely be a monthly feature here at TLN focused on progress reports on the players considered Leafs prospects or projects, and while there is no shortage of interesting names on this team’s roster, here are just a few of the one’s I’ll be keeping a particularly close eye on as the site’s dedicated Growlers reporter:
Brett Budgell is a native of St. John’s making his professional hockey debut this year after five seasons in the QMJHL. In 67 games in the Q in the 2021-22 season, Budgell scored 40 goals and 79 total points. He’s just 21 years old and looks to be slottin …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

2022 TLN Prospect Rankings: #15 Dmitry Ovchinnikov

With the current Leafs’ management regime having a reputation for capitalizing on market inefficiencies such as trading down at the draft to acquire more picks, it turned some heads when they traded up in the fifth round of the 2020 draft in order to secure Russian forward Dmitry Ovchinnikov.
Ovchinnikov has continued to turn heads since, establishing himself as a legitimate prospect with stellar production in his draft+1 season where he netted 51 points in just 40 games – good enough for the third highest points per game mark among MHL players who suited up for at least 20 games. His strong play at the junior level earned him some time in the KHL but he was mostly relegated to bench warming duty as an 18-year-old.
The 2021-22 season was a similar story for Ovchinnikov and he racked up 29 points in just 22 games for Siberskie Snaipery. He had seemingly outgrown the MHL, and with Sibir being one of the few KHL clubs without a VHL affiliate, he was caught between being too good for the junior level but not yet gaining the full trust of his coaches in the KHL. He suited up for 17 KHL games but averaged just over five minutes of i …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Juan Soto upsets Julio Rodriguez to win 2022 MLB Home Run Derby

It just wasn’t meant to be.

Despite having a Home Run Derby for the record books, mighty Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez was toppled in the final round by Juan Soto.
The Washington Nationals slugger, meanwhile, showed the world why he’s worth every penny of a $500-million deal smoking 19 home runs in the final round.

— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 19, 2022

As great as the comeback was for Soto, Rodriguez stole the show with a performance for the ages.
The rookie Seattle Mariner blew the doors off the derby cruising through the first two rounds.
Rodriguez bested Texas Ranger Corey Seager in the first round 32 to 24, then blasted another 31 in round two to beat two-time champion Pete Alonso.
Through two rounds, J-Rod totaled 63 home runs becoming the first to ever have two 30-run rounds in the history of the derby. Safe to say he, and his pitcher Franmy Pena, were absolutely dialed in.

Through two rounds, Julio Rodríguez’s 63 total HRs are already third-most in a single #HRDerby
He’s off to the Final
— ESPN (@espn) July 19, 2022

Come the finals, you could see some fatigue setting in, but Rodriguez still managed to put up 18 dongs. Soto, meanwhile, had a slow start, but turned it on in the end taking it to extra time to hit his 19.
In total, Rodriguez smoked 81 home runs through all three rounds — 10 back of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who in 2019 smoked 91 (!) homers, but lost to Pete Alonso in the finals.
One has to wonder if this whole thing needs to be rejigged considering those performances.
Round one
The derby got started off in a big way as Julio Rodriguez stepped up to the plate mashing 32 dingers right off the top. He topped up  opponent Corey Seager, who st …

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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation