Leafs find a home for 4 Growlers

With the unfortunate, but largely necessary to cancel the Newfoundland Growlers season, the Leafs organization was left with a number of players in search of a place to play. It seems like they’ve found a home for four of the players, including one of their promising young defensemen.

ROSTER NEWS: The @TorontoMarlies have loaned forward Gordie Green, defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer, forward Jeremy McKenna and forward Bobby McMann to the Thunder.
— Wichita Thunder (@Wichita_Thunder) December 15, 2020

Noel Hoefenmayer is probably the player of note here, as the OHL defenseman of the year, and promising prospect is amongst the group relocating to Kansas for the year. The fact that he’ll get a chance to develop and show what he can do to earn an entry level contract is encouraging, and hopefully we’ll see opportunities for other Growlers in the near future.
Additionally the move opens the door to potentially recalling some players as needed from the ECHL to the Marlies in season. The recall would presently involve a 14 day quarantine period that might be difficult logistically, but it’s safe to assume there will be expanded AHL rosters that will mean Toronto won’t entirely be relying on swift …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Meet the Bubble Boyz

As reported yesterday, the Leafs have made the necessary cuts to compile with entrance to the Toronto bubble. 

Kivihalme, Hollowell, Korshkov, Agostino, Gaudet, Brooks also participated in camp #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) July 25, 2020

So let’s get the biggest takeaways out the way early here.

The Leafs have hope that Liljegren and Johnsson will be ready at some point, and while even if it’s not immediately, both are seen as better alternatives than say, Kivihalme or Adam Brooks.
Nick Robertson made the team! As he should have. He was great in camp, and has earned a chance to at least show what he can do in the exhibition game. It’s also a huge benefit for guys like Robertson, Woll, Liljegren, and Sandin to be around the playoffs even if they aren’t playing.
The Adam Brooks scratch is an interesting one, as there seems to be a benefit to carrying capable centers to pitch in. Of course there are plenty of players who can move from the wing to center in that group as well, so Brooks probably isn’t much of an issue and the only real surprise for who …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Cody Ceci is on the injured reserve and will be “out for a while”

Let’s start with the necessary disclaimer that we would never wish an injury on anyone, and sports fandom shouldn’t involve wishing pain on others. We hope that Cody Ceci the best health and hope he takes the time to recover to his fullest.

Cody Ceci (ankle) “out for a while,” according to Kyle Dubas
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 6, 2020
Okay, now let’s switch it up to some real talk. There hasn’t been a whole lot to like about Cody Ceci in a Leafs uniform and his absence may have a positive impact on the Leafs rather than a negative one. On the surface Cody Ceci has positive numbers for CF%, GF%, and xGF%, and those largely came about after he was moved to the third pairing, was sheltered, and had his ice time reduced. The Leafs are now in the business of finding a bottom pairing replacement and a new partner to work with Rasmus Sandin.
The quick answer is the one that no one really wants to hear, and that’s going with Martin Marincin, how has shown the ability to anger Leafs fans no matter which side …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation