TORONTO– With no Weekend Recap or Marlies Hot and Cold Performers posted this week, the best way to catch up on a few notes is to put them here.
The Marlies announced their clear-day roster on Tuesday and worth noting is that they kept current Leafs players Jake Gardiner, Jay Rosehill and Matt Frattin on the list. Basically what this means is that any of those three are elgible to join the Marlies if they make the playoffs. Left off the clear-day roster were Andrew Martens, Colton Orr and Kelsey Wilson, which means unless their are emergency injuries to someone whose name is on the list they will not participate in post-season play…..While the Maple Leafs roster has no Ontario-born players, the Marlies dress seven including five from the Greater-Toronto-Area. Kelsey Wilson (Sault Ste. Marie), Will Acton (Stouffville), Nazem Kadri (London), Simon Gysbers (Richmond Hill), Ryan Hamilton (Oshawa), Mike Zigomanis (Scarborough), Jesse Blacker (Toronto)…..Since 2000, the Leafs have made 94 draft picks and only a total of eight have been from the QMJHL. The most recent selection was Mikhail Stefanovich who was taken in 2008. While Stefanovich saw action with the Marlies in 2009, not one of the eight have ever played a single NHL game ….After going 9-2-1 in February, the Marlies have lost three straight to start March and have scored just three goals in the process…..You can’t blame goalie Ben Scrivens for any of the teams recent woes. Despite losing four of his last six starts he has a 1.69 GAA and .928 SV% in those six games…..Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri haven’t been the same point producers since getting a taste with the Leafs earlier in the season. Colborne had 19 points in 11 games before his call-up but only six goals and 17 points in 37 games since. Kadri was a point-per-game player last time he was summoned but has only three goals and six points in 15 games since being returned February 3rd…..The Marlies can’t win in shootouts. They are 0 for 3 this season in games gone past extra time and only have two goals on 14 shootout attempts. Jerry D’Amigo and Ryan Hamilton have one apiece…..The Marlies are 14-14-2 against the North Division and have beat every team at least once except for the Grand Rapids Griffins, who have won all four meetings with four more to play…..It’s been an odd week for defenceman Drew Paris. After suiting up in 21 games for the Marlies, he was re-assigned to the Chicago Express of the ECHL. He was then traded from the Express to the Reading Royals for Dennis McCauley only to be sent back to Chicago after one of the two failed a physical…..Wednesday’s matinee game against the Binghamton Senators pushed the season attendance average to just over 5200 per game; good for 16th in the AHL…..The Marlies power play is 26th in the league and Ryan Hamilton leads the team in scoring with eight power-play goals. The Marlies penalty kill is first in the league and Hamilton also shares the team lead with two shorthanded goals…..The Marlies still sit second in the Western Conference and if the playoffs started today they would host the Houston Aeros.
The Marlies square off in a double-header this weekend with the Hamilton Bulldogs with game one going Friday night in Hamilton. The Marlies lead the season series five games to four.