Leafs by the Numbers: Alexander Barabanov

While Mikko Lehtonen was loaned out to Jokerit to start the 2020-21 season, Alexander Barabanov remained in Canada to get acquainted with the city of Toronto. His social media featured many pictures of him in the city with Leafs work out gear, reminding me of Nikita Zaitsev’s eagerness to acclimate to Toronto.
Seeing how Lehtonen performed in his KHL stint, with 17 points in 17 games, made me long for more Barabanov viewings. The justification for him not playing is that Barabanov has been extremely busy over the past 4 seasons. In 16-17 he played 72 regular season and playoff KHL games en route to a Gagarin cup. He also added 16 appearances for Russia internationally. In 17-18 it was 59 KHL games and 23 international, including an Olympic Gold. In 18-19 he played 73 KHL games and 21 international games. Last season SKA was set for another deep playoff run before the season was cut short. I have no doubt he’ll be ready when the NHL season starts, and he’ll have the gas to play every time he’s called upon.
Barabanov’s number is 10
He has played quite a variety of roles for SKA over the past 4 KHL seasons, but Barabanov has managed 10 goals …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs loan D Jake Muzzin to AHL for conditioning stint

The Toronto Maple Leafs have loaned D Jake Muzzin to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies for a conditioning stint, the team announced Thursday.
Muzzin, 30, joins a Marlies club who is on the road this weekend with back-to-back away games against Cleveland on Friday and Saturday.

The @MapleLeafs announced today that the team has assigned defenceman Jake Muzzin to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 23, 2020

The Maple Leafs acquired the rearguard last January in exchange for F Carl Grundstrom, the rights to D Sean Durzi and Toronto’s first-round pick in last year’s draft.
Muzzin has played in 68 games between last season and this posting 29 points. This year he has three goals and 10 assists 38 games.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Marincin, Marchment, and Petan to the Marlies. And some guy named Mitch Marner is playing tonight for the Leafs

The @MapleLeafs have loaned defenceman Martin Marincin and forward Nic Petan to the @TorontoMarlies (AHL).
Forward Mitch Marner has been activated from injured reserve. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 4, 2019

Forward Mason Marchment has been activated from injured non-roster and loaned to the @TorontoMarlies. #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 4, 2019
 Not to be too controversial, but I think the Leafs could really use Mitch Marner right now. His return to the Leafs gives Toronto their most optimized lineup of the year, unless you think that Trevor Moore needs to return before we can officially say the Leafs are at 100%.
How the lines are going to look is a bit of a mystery, since there wasn’t a practice today and Keefe hasn’t been able to really unveil much in the way of plans for Marner other than the one practice we saw of him with Mikheyev and Tavares, so for now the best bet is they are together and Jason Spezza’s whereabouts are the next significant piece of discussion.
Marincin & Petan down
I’ll admit that I clearly missed something somewhere along the way where Nic Petan didn’t require waivers for this demotion, and the same with Martin Marincin. …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation