Marlies and Me: New additions in Suomela and Noesan, COVID, and progress from Robertson and Liljegren

Unfortunately the Marlies have been placed out of commission and into COVID protocols by the AHL. This means that their game on April 15th was postponed and their games on the 18th and 21st will follow suit. The league still has not given an update on when these games will be played. They also have not given reason to why the team was placed on the protocol list in the first place.
Due to his close proximity to the Marlies, Robertson was placed on the NHL’s COVID List. After going through the appropriate measures he was removed from the list on April 15th. 
Leafs 2019 draft prospect Mikko Kokkenen has joined the Marlies on a professional try out. His quarantine should be done by the time the team is up and running again. He’ll be a great defensive add on to this team. Being here will allow him more of an opportunity to develop his skills while his team in Finland is in its off season. 
At the deadline the Leafs acquisitions that are headed for the Marlies include Stefan Noesen and Antti Suomela. Noesan had 8 points in his last two seasons with the Sharks. Suomela currently has 15 points …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols

The AHL announced today that three Toronto Marlies games (April 15, April 18 against Laval) and (April 21 against Belleville) have been postponed due to COVID-19 league protocols.
No make-up dates have been announced as of yet by the league.
The Toronto Marlies are 10-11-0-1 on the season and had 11 games left before the end of the year. More information on the Toronto Marlies will come whenever anything is released.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: Ian Scott plays first hockey game in almost two years

It’s been a tough stretch for the Marlies, who’ve been outscored 16-8 in their last three games. This week was another one full of practices which was to really help Toronto get focused in on these next few against Laval — who were bringing in Cole Caufield to have him gain some professional experience.
And really, he didn’t disappoint for Habs fans. Caufield had two goals and one assist against the Marlies on Friday night and one goal against Toronto on Saturday afternoon.

Cole Caufield scores his first AHL goal. pic.twitter.com/fxguT2kPMV
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) April 10, 2021

Even without Caufield though, the Marlies knew how good Laval is and coming into this weekend they were really just focused on themselves.
“We’re going to have to know where he [Caufield] is on the ice at all times and make it challenging for him.” Said Greg Moore prior to Friday night’s game against Laval. “Most of the preparation, we’ll continue to focus on ourselves and what our game plan is for the team.”
These two games were both a testament to how good the Laval Rocket are, but also to how much the Marlies have …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: the redemption we need to see from Toronto

With three losses this week the Marlies fall below .500 in the standings. This week was supposed to be the continuation of the redemption that came from a win against the Laval Rocket on March 12. It wasn’t though. That being said there were small positives that came from each individual game.
We also saw the return of Alexander Barabanov, Timothy Lijegren, Nic Petan, and Joseph Woll. Coach Greg Moore sang their praises before their Sunday night game. He said, “They came in game one, performed at a high level when it comes to execution of gameplay and touches with the puck, you just want them to show up, work hard, compete and they did that and got rewarded for it.” These guys are taxi squad material for a reason, constantly working hard and proving that they are ready for any opportunity that comes their way.
The Marlies March 14th game against the Laval Rocket saw them come away with a point. In part, this is due to the resilience and physicality from the baby buds. Apart from that, it seems that there is a rivalry between the two teams that lights a fire under them and pushes this Marlies group …

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Author: Marsha Joseph / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: Alexander Barabanov, Nic Petan, Joseph Woll shine in debuts

It was almost a week off for the Toronto Marlies who hadn’t played since last Saturday before facing off against the Laval Rocket on Friday night. Heading into it, there was a lot at stake; if Toronto loses they go under .500, their confidence could diminish a bit and the frustration levels could rise.
However, they didn’t lose. They played really great actually, defeating the Rocket 4-3.
There was a lot that happened on the eve of this game — Nic Petan, Alexander Barabanov, Timothy Liljegren and Mikko Lehtonen (who’s now off to Columbus) were being sent down to the Marlies. The main reason for it was to get them some ice-time but in their debut, it looked like they’ve already been logging significant minutes.
Petan and Barabanov were slotted onto the first line along with Alex Galchenyuk, which I would consider to be the most dangerous line the Marlies have had since the start of their season. The 26-year-old Russian-born winger was a part of three of Toronto’s four goals against Laval. Assisting on two goals, Petan’s first of the season and Galchenyuk’s second of the year, and also scoring his first-ever AHL goal.



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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Marlies and Me: Toronto is 4-4-0-0 to finish off road trip

The Toronto Marlies had an interesting road trip to start the season. At some points they looked like the most dominant team on the ice, and at other points they looked like they could use a few practices. It’s obviously not ideal for Toronto because of the amount of games and how much practice time they’ve got, but right now in this time, that’s the circumstances they’ve had to play through.
And it’s not an excuse to say and even players on the Marlies have said that, though you do have to consider that to be part of the reason. Toronto played eight games in 12 days and with any of the days off that they had, it was used for rest.
Overall on this road trip, there were a lot of positives that can be taken away from it. The Marlies are such a young team this year with the likes of Nick Robertson, Adam Brooks, Joey Anderson and a few others. It’s going to take some time to not only get used to each other but to have a good idea of systems and special teams.
If I had to predict one aspect …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Nick Robertson scores first AHL goal, Marlies 2-0 to start season

The Toronto Marlies have battled the Manitoba Moose in two-straight games and have got the win both nights. A lot has happened in what’s felt like a week for myself covering the Marlies this season (it’s only been two days).
First, it was Rasmus Sandin getting injured after blocking a shot in the second period of game one against the Moose. However, there was some good news that came in the Marlies’ second game of the season and it was Nick Robertson scoring his first-ever AHL goal.

Nick Robertson scores his first AHL goal and puts the #Marlies up 3-2. pic.twitter.com/UjDlFeCEyd
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) February 17, 2021

It was actually the game-winning goal too.
Robertson came into this season with the hopes of becoming a regular on the Toronto Maple Leafs but with a crowded lineup and an injury, he never got much of a chance. That was, until he was sent down to the Toronto Marlies where he’s now playing on their top line.
After two games in the AHL, Robertson has one goal and two assists and is tied for the team lead in points. I can say that’s a pretty good start …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Marlies announce opening night roster

The Toronto Marlies open their 2021 season tonight against the Manitoba Moose, which they’ve just released the roster for:

The Marlies announced today the hockey club’s 2020-21 opening night roster. #ForeverStartsHere
Details » https://t.co/FES8j3rqt1 pic.twitter.com/BqxygZm3PQ
— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) February 15, 2021

 
This roster consists of players who we’ve already seen play at the NHL level like Nick Robertson, Rasmus Sandin, Timothy Liljegren, Adam Brooks and Joey Anderson. Plus some old faces who we saw last season in the AHL, too.
After looking at the roster, the look for concern is at the goaltending. With Joseph Woll on the taxi squad with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ian Scott out of the lineup due to an injury, the Marlies are looking to lean on three goaltenders who are on professional and amateur tryouts. This will be interesting.
If you want to catch tonight’s game, you can watch them over at AHLTV.com (it should be for free).

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Pavel Gogolev signs AHL deal with Toronto Marlies

On the AHL transactions page today was the Marlies addition of a 6’1″ Russian LW, Pavel Gogolev. If his name sounds familiar that is because he scores at least 5 goals on every Semyon Der-Arguchintsev highlight reel. The pair of Russians were teammates on Peterborough for parts of 3 seasons from 2016-18, joined by Nick Robertson in 2017.
Gogolev and SDA showed some incredible chemistry, Der-Arguchintsev being an elite passer and Gogolev a top end finisher.

Good goal and nice moves by Peterborough prospect Pavel Gogolev.https://t.co/qvlfkNPbn7 … #OHL pic.twitter.com/hGcKnKL0tT
— Eliteprospects (@eliteprospects) October 12, 2018

Gogolev would eventually be traded to Guelph, picking up some championship experience in the OHL finals. He led the Storm with 96 points and 45 goals in 63 games in 19-20, good for 6th in the OHL.

Fourth year OHLer Pavel Gogolev led the charge for @Storm_City with a 9⃣6⃣-point production, finishing sixth overall in league scoring and fourth in goals with 4⃣5⃣ on the campaign pic.twitter.com/KMAL5T9bEU
— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) April 21, 2020

You are watching Pavel Gogolev of the OHL’s Guelph Storm. He is considered one of the best pure goal scorers in the entire CHL. Watch the NHL release!#brightfuture pic.twitter. …

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Author: Earl Schwartz / The Leafs Nation

Kalle Kossila is being loaned to Munich

Kalle Kossila is being loaned to Munich

You may or may not remember Kalle Kossila. He played 12 games for the Marlies last season. He received a two year deal to do just that. Well, it looks like he’s not long for the Leafs or the Marlies, as we anxiously await an official announcement on the start of the NHL season, with a looming AHL season in February, we have Kossila taking a gig in Europe.

The @MapleLeafs have loaned forward Kalle Kossila to EHC Red Bull Munchen (DEL) #LeafsForever
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) December 9, 2020

Now, this doesn’t mean that Kossila won’t be back in February or January for that matter, but all signs point to Kossila being done with the Leafs organization, as this loan is likely for the remainder of the DEL season, and Kossila is free agent at the end of the year.
None of this is really going to bother you, and the move could be an effort to make room for some of the more interesting players who might have been on the Growlers roster before their season was cancelled.
So a fond farewell to a Leaf/Marlie we hardly knew. Enjoy Munich.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation