TORONTO– There were a significant amount of roster moves made by the Toronto Marlies recently that will change the look of the team as it continues with back to back games this weekend.
New to the team are Philippe Dupuis, Nicolas Deschamps, Ray Macias and Colton Orr.
Gone from the Marlies are Luca Caputi, Kenny Ryan, Tyler Brenner and Dale Mitchell.
C Philippe Dupuis
After playing 30 games with the Leafs and not recording any points, Dupuis was waived on January 2nd and cleared waivers the following day. He joined the Marlies for Tuesday’s 2-0 victory against the Syracuse Crunch. He centred Marcel Mueller and Jerry D’Amigo in his debut and recorded two shots on goal.
LW Nicolas Deschamps
He was acquired on January 3rd from the Syracuse Crunch for left-winger Luca Caputi. He scored in his debut, which came just hours after being added to the roster. In 31 games with the Crunch this season, he had five goals and seven points. Only 21, he scored 15 goals to go along with 46 points last season and is a former second round pick of the Anaheim Ducks.
D Ray Macias
Called up from the Reading Royals on December 29th, Macias has suited up in two games for the Marlies. Macias could dress this weekend, however with Korbinian Holzer off the Leafs roster, it’s unclear how much he’ll play with the Marlies roster having eight D Men. He played three games to start the season with the Springfield Falcons and he suited up in two games last year with the Colorado Avalanche.
RW Colton Orr
He played in just five games this season with the Leafs and was waived on January 5th. When he dresses for the Marlies, it will be his first AHL action since 2005, when he was a member of the Providence Bruins. He still has another year left on his one-way NHL contract, however Brian Burke addressed why he waived Orr in a press conference.
D Korbinian Holzer
He was re-called by the Leafs on Tuesday for the second time this season, but was removed from their roster on Friday. He is likely on his way back to the Marlies, where he will play minutes on both sides of special teams instead of being a healthy scratch.
LW Luca Caputi
The 23-year-old was sent to the Syracuse Crunch in return for Nicolas Deschamps. After some injuries that limited his play last season, Caputi had just two goals and one assist in 21 games this year with the Marlies. One of Brian Burkes first acquisitions, Caputi struggled often in Toronto and before being shipped out was playing fourth line minutes. He did suit up 26 total games with the Leafs and has admitted a fresh start could be good for his career.
RW Kenny Ryan
Ryan played only 13 games, registering one goal, before joining the injured list with a concussion. He hasn’t played since November 26th so as much as his demotion is for roster space, he will need some quality minutes for his development and his conditioning.
RW Tyler Brenner
He has one goal and three points in 21 games this season with the Marlies and also battled some injuries, missing much of December. Like Ryan, his demotion is about playing time, condition, as well as opening up the Marlies roster.
RW Dale Mitchell
He missed the beginning of the season after taking five months to recover from knee surgery. He joined the Royals in late November on a condition stint and scored eight goals and 10 points in 10 games. He rejoined the Marlies on December 21st and played two games before being sent back down. Again, it’s a combination of roster availability and proper conditioning.
C Brayden Irwin
Irwin has had an odd season. He went into camp without a contract but was resigned after he proved his health. He played one game with the Marlies before being sent to Reading, where he played one game before an undisclosed injury occurred. After being activated, the Marlies brought him back up, but only for off-ice conditioning and rehab. He has yet to play a game with the Marlies or Royals since early Noevmber.
Worth noting, Jussi Rynnas has played in back to back games, winning both and stopping 57 of 58 shots. He started the season poorly and earned the backup spot, however with Scrivens not playing his greatest hockey as of late Rynnas will continue to play.
Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri were named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the AHL All-Star game which takes place January 29-30 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Kadri will likely not make it as he is playing well with the Leafs.
Leafs prospect Greg McKegg was acquired via trade by the London Knights on Thursday from the Erie Otters. The 19-year-old had 12 goals and 34 points in 35 games with the last-place Otters. Moving to the first-place Knights, McKegg will add an extra offensive option heading into a playoff run.
The Marlies will kick off their weekend by hosting the Oklahoma City Barons on Friday at 7pm.