So the Marlies travelled up the highway to Cobourg, Ontario to play their first exhibition game where the local mayor made some off-handed remark about Kadri’s weight…which thankfully fell flat but the game certainly did not and the Marlies handed the Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL addiliate to the Montreal Canadiens a decisive 3 to 1 defeat. The second game played down the highway in Brantford, Ontario was a alot closer in margin at 2 to 1 keeping the Marlies undefeated in pre-season.
Dallas Eakins mentioned that Paul Ranger, who had admitted to feeling some nerves after not playing a game in the last three years, did show a little bit of rust which was to be expected but by the second game Eakins indicated that he didn’t notice any. The Marlies blueline is looking quite imposing this year and chances are they may need it given some of the NHL talent playing in the AHL this season.
Here are some highlights of the first game (don’t get me started on the music & the angle):
and here is the second game (much much better):
Although from what I understand there are no roster limits in the AHL save for the number of veterns a team can carry (and Dallas Eakins indicated a desire to carry a larger roster into the beginning of the season before trimming down the player numbers), there were a couple of tryout cuts were made today and I’ll be the first to say that I wasn’t overly happy with one of them which definitely smacks of roster size issues due to the lockout.
Those cut were Engelage (G), Grimshaw (D), Hughesman (F) and Syvret (D) and if you have been reading this blog you know that I have become an Adam Hughesman fan and if it weren’t for the lockout perhaps the organization could have found room for him, even if it was in the ECHL (the Maple Leafs organization is now affiliated with the Fort Wayne Komets). You would think that in a developmental league that one roster spot to a certain extent would be left open for tryouts or invitee’s although this lockout nonsense is obviously causing quite the trickle down affect as NHL’ers that were moved down are forcing young or fringe players out of the AHL. Much like Denny Urban, I really hope the Leafs organization keep a tab on this young man because you just never know.
All that being said, Jonas Siegal over at TSN had a good article about the Marlies and things up to this point which can be found here: http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/blogs/jonas_siegel/?id=407038 to which he also mentioned the possible roster makeup and those who might be joining the Komets in Fort Wayne:
Locks (F): Keith Aucoin, Nazem Kadri, Greg Scott, Nicolas Deschamps, Mike Zigomanis, Ryan Hamilton, Carter Ashton, Joe Colborne, Leo Komarov, Will Acton, Jerry D’Amigo, Greg McKegg
Spencer Abbott, Tyler Brenner, Kenny Ryan, Brad Ross, Jamie Devane, Andrew Crescenzi, Sam Carrick
Korbinian Holzer, Mark Fraser, Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka, Jesse Blacker, Simon Gysbers, Dylan Yeo, Paul Ranger
Ben Scrivens, Mark Owuya, Jussi Rynnas
Although I don’t necessarily like seeing guys like Ross, Devane and Abbott shipped down to the ECHL, their time there will most likely only last as long as the lockout and the increased playing time they would see may do them some good instead of the seriously decreased minutes they would see in game action with the Marlies if they were to stay right now.