Marlies lose Connor Brown to ankle injury… Plus some notes

Prospect Connor Brown broke a bone in his ankle in a 6-1 win against Grand Rapids on Friday and is timeline for a return is unknown - Image courtesy of Christian Bonin at TSGPhoto

Prospect Connor Brown broke a bone in his ankle in a 6-1 win against Grand Rapids on Friday and his timeline for a return is unknown – Image courtesy of Christian Bonin at TSGPhoto

November 2, 2015

TORONTO – Prospect Connor Brown’s sophomore season with the Marlies has been put on hold.

The team announced on Sunday that Brown will be out indefinitely with a broken bone in his ankle.

The 21-year-old suffered the injury blocking a shot in Friday’s 6-1 win against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Brown, selected by Toronto 156th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, was visibly in pain on the bench and went to the dressing room after being hit by the puck in the first period, but managed to return.

The right-winger was just one-of-two Marlies last season to play in all 76 games and led the AHL in rookie scoring with 21 goals and 61 points.

This season the Toronto native has four assists in eight games.

Forward Richard Panik got off to a sluggish start to the AHL season after being demoted by the Maple Leafs.

The 24-year-old had just three assists in his first six games, despite seeing the ice with the team’s top players.

But he broke out in Toronto’s win against Grand Rapids with four assists, including a pretty feed from behind the net out front to William Nylander for the game’s first goal.

“(He) worked incredibly hard, he was on the puck today, made plays and came to the rink with purpose,” coach Sheldon Keefe said post-game.

Forward Marc Arcobello, who joined the Marlies on Friday after being waived by the Maple Leafs, made his debut on Sunday in a 3-2 overtime win against the Albany Devils and scored twice, including the winner on a nice solo effort.

He centred a line with Brendan Leipsic on his left and Matt Frattin on the right.

Prospect Brenden Leipsic scored his first goal of the season against the Griffins while also picking up an assist on a goal from Josh Leivo. He added another helper on Arcobello’s first goal against Albany and now has six points in nine games.

Keefe says success will keep coming for the 21-year-old winger if he sticks to what he does best.

“We want to make sure that we continue to get on him about being a pest, being hard to play against, and for him that’s moving his feet getting involved physically, getting to hard areas and making plays,” said Keefe.

“He’s coming along, but, he, like a lot of our guys have more to give.”

Near the end of Friday’s game against Grand Rapids things got testy and Griffins forward Tyler Bertuzzi took out his frustrations on prospect Kasperi Kapanen.

Bertuzzi first threw punches at the 19-year-old winger and eventually slew-footed him to the ice when Kapanen wouldn’t retaliate.

“He was a little shaken up on the play, I think he’ll be alright but no doubt it was attempt to injure,” Keefe said post-game about the incident.

Bertuzzi was assessed a match penalty on the play and received a two-game suspension. Meanwhile, Marlies forward Sam Carrick was handed three games for physical abuse of an official on the same play.

The 22-year-old Carrick wanted to stick up for his rookie teammate but was restrained.

Carrick sat out Sunday’s win in Albany and will miss games against Hartford on Wednesday and Utica on Friday.

The Maple Leafs will have to make a decision by Wednesday on what to do when defenceman Frank Corrado’s conditioning loan with the Marlies expires.

The 22-year-old was assigned to the Marlies on Oct. 22. Conditioning assignments can last up to a maximum of 14 days before the player has to re-join his NHL club.

Corrado has three assists in six games with the Marlies.

KYLE CICERELLA

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