Marlies rookies finding success with a few key players missing from lineup

Marlies rookies finding success with a few key players missing from lineup

Mac Hollowell, Victor Mete, and Adam Gaudette are all missing from the Marlies lineup, but the team is still finding a way to get wins.
20 games into this season and Toronto has a 12-7-1 record, sitting atop the AHL’s North Division. A few key players in Logan Shaw, Joey Anderson, and Alex Steeves have been heading the ship, though there’s also a few rookies beginning to find their stride in the league.
Noel Hoefenmayer’s stock rising
Although he’s not a rookie, Hoefenmayer is finally getting a consistent spot in the Marlies’ lineup.
And he’s making the most of it, too.
The 23-year-old played 18 AHL games last season bungying between Toronto and the Newfoundland Growlers. He only recorded three points throughout those games, playing with the team from December to January.
Hoefenmayer began this season with the Marlies, though, and has been on a tear accumulating 17 points over an 18-game span. That’s enough for sixth place among AHL defencemen in points and fourth when it comes to point percentage.
“[He’s] just so consistent,” William Villeneuve said of Hoefenmayer on Saturday. “He brings it every night. I think his defensive play and his physical game is very underrated. I think he’s really hard to play against.”
The 23-year-old defender has found himself on every pairing and has been leaned on quit …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The 3 Marlies who need to have a breakout season in 2022-23

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Toronto Marlies are looking for a different outcome this year.
Last season saw an inexperienced team, as a number of players made their true AHL debuts. (The COVID season skewed stats and wasn’t as competitive due to the NHL’s taxi squad.)
This year is a completely different story, though. While there were no excuses from players or management for a missed playoffs, it was clear that experience played a massive part in the result.
With a majority of the team now having at least one year of experience in professional hockey, the real work to become a playoff team begins. As does the road to developing players so that they can one day play for the Maple Leafs.
There are a few players who need to have big seasons — three of which who’ve gotten one full year of the AHL under their belts.
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev
With one more year remaining on his entry-level contract, the 21-year-old sits atop the list of players who need to have a breakout season.
Just one year ago, Assistant General Manager and head of Player Development for the Maple Leafs, Hayley Wickenheiser, said that Der-Arguchintsev’s route to success would begin with gaining muscle in the weight room.
He had plenty of success early on in …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation