Yesterday afternoon, I attended an AHL game between the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate) and the Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate).
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a ton of goals on the board. The game ended up going to overtime with a score of 0-0. Toronto Marlies forward, Adam Brooks broke the tie in overtime with a game winning goal.
Even though there wasn’t a ton of offensive success for either team, it was a pretty one-sided game. The Toronto Marlies out-shot Belleville by a huge 36 – 10 margin. In addition, the Marlies were quite physical, which hopefully the Marlies will bring to the NHL level when they are called up.
Overall, there were four players from the Marlies that stood out for me.
Andreas Borgman (D): Showcases a big physical presence. Borgman works well along the boards and in the corners, but what impressed me the most was his ability to use his size to box players out in front of his own net. I believe Borgman should already be playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His size and physical Play are what the Maple Leafs seem to be lacking.
Carl Grundstrom (LW): One thing that I knew the Toronto Maple Leafs would miss once James Van Riemsdyk (JVR) left was going to be a left Winger who could be physical along the boards and put up points. I don’t think Grundstrom will reach the point totals that JVR was able to reach. However, I do see him as a solid third line winger who could score 15-20 goals per season. So far this season with the Marlies, he has 18 points in 22 games played.
Trevor Moore (LW): Moore is 5’10” winger from Thousand Oaks, California. The first thing that you notice about Moore is that he is under-sized, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be an exceptional forward. Even though Trevor lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his grit and determination. He reminds me a lot of Zach Hyman. I believe that with another full season in the AHL, he could be a full time NHL player with the Maple Leafs next season.
Rasmus Sandin (D): When you watch Sandin up close, there is one thing that stands out right away – his skating. He is a very smooth skater and has both the speed and vision to get the puck out of his zone quickly. Being that he is still just 18 years old, Rasmus is going to need at least another full season in the AHL next year as his body continues to grow and he fills out a bit more. I could see him as a potential top four defenseman on the Maple Leafs blue-line two or three years from now.
Thank you all for reading,
in-post and featured image photo credit – Jeremy Ridgewell