Good morning, everyone, happy Saturday.
We have fake hockey to obsess over this weekend. Last night, the first day of the Traverse City tournament took place with all the teams in action. In the only game that matters (it doesn’t matter) the Leafs beat the Blues on the little rink where you get to watch the game through the mesh.
89 N. Robertson- 85 Der-Arguchintsev- 96 Korshkov— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) September 6, 2019
95 Abramov- 84 Stotts- 72 Conrad
68 T. Bradley- 76 Elynuik- 79 Brazeau
62 Woods- 87 M. Bradley-90 Estephan
45 Kivihalme- 81 Hollowell
56 Rubins- 54 Duszak
74 Pepin- 57 Lindgren
Rule number one of prospect tournaments is that the goalie is a victim, not a perp. Ian Scott got the start (Joe Woll is out with a busted finger) and he played well after some early troubles with the Blues.
Rule number two is the ex-Leaf will score, and Dakota Joshua took a sweet pass from Nick Robertson and put it past Ian Scott. Joshua is with the Blues now, unfortunately.
The Leafs looked rusty and out of sorts at first, but they visibly pulled it together after going down 2-1 in the first.
Colt Conrad is off to the races— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 6, 2019
He has the Leafs first goal of the tournament. pic.twitter.com/5pE77Jwhop
By the end of the second, they were dominating in shots on goal, and had made the score 6-2. That top line of Semyon Der-Arguchintsev with Nick Robertson and Egor Korshkov was really cooking, although Korshkov still looks like no one is ever where he expects them to be to take a pass. Not this time, though:
That is one pretty pass— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2019
Korshkov sets up Estephan for our second tonight. pic.twitter.com/vkXrHm7o65
Robertson rips the high slot snipe. pic.twitter.com/UpI4Zr8e8X— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2019
One timer Robertson rocket. pic.twitter.com/UkjB7TC2RO— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2019
They were most of the top PP unit as well, along with Teemu Kivihalme on the blueline. He really impressed me. He’s a pro, he plays like a pro.
"Everybody has a meeting and Kivihalme calls it to order" pic.twitter.com/x32sBjUdmm— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2019
Trey Bradley, on an AHL deal and new to the Marlies late last year, was very impressive as the skill guy on the line with big Hudson Elynuik and bigger Justin Brazeau. That line was very difficult for St. Louis to handle, but the skill gap between them and line one was obvious.
Hockey's back. Let's play some tic-tac-toe. pic.twitter.com/vmSsHRdkTP— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2019
The third period had the look of a game where realization had set in that this wasn’t just a quick scrimmage and then off to the hotel to go back to making smart ass remarks on other guy’s instagram posts. They gave Scott a taste of what it’s like to be the Marlies goalie when the team stops efforting to get out of the zone.
Mikhail Abarmov, who looked a little meh in the first part of the game, got some PP time with Korshkov and Der-Arguchintsev, and he clicked with those two (unsurprisingly). He came on a bit late in the third period, and looked like a guy who would score a lot of goals in junior.
The biggest question for me what why Jesper Lindgren looked very not on the ball. These games are always a bit hit and miss, though, coming at an awkward time in some player’s training sessions.
Final score was 6-2, and Scott was good, but not pressed hard.
One bit of news: Todd Crocker reported that Zach Bouthillier has been added to the Leafs roster with Woll out.
The score stays at 6-2 through the third. Next game is tomorrow at 3 p.m.— Pension Plan Puppets (@PPPLeafs) September 7, 2019
Nick Robertson, Ian Scott and Teemu Kivihalme were Todd Crocker's three stars, and I'll go along with that.
Day 1 of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament is in the books ✔️— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) September 7, 2019
Hear from Sheldon Keefe, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Nick Robertson following the opening night win. pic.twitter.com/RvKQzIPbfd
The game today is at 3 p.m. against Chicago, and will be in the “through the mesh” rink again. On Monday, the game is in the big rink, with better cameras, but with Red Wings commentary.
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If you liked all those clever schemes that meant they were going to magic away Ceci’s contract to sign Gardiner, you’re likely upset now.
Players from Latin American and Caribbean countries show off their ice hockey skills at @FlaPanthers practice facility this weekend at the second annual Amerigol LATAM Cup. https://t.co/hjllXYyAr0 and @ColorOfHockey will be along for the ride https://t.co/7OmR0akcWs— TheColorOfHockey (@ColorOfHockey) September 5, 2019
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