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Marlies sign training camp invite Mackenzie Skapski to an AHL contract

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Mackenzie Skapski was cut from training camp with no contract, but goalie needs in Orlando have given him another chance.

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Mackenzie Skapski playing for the Rangers last year in preseason.
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According to the AHL transactions page today, the Toronto Marlies have signed goalie Mackenzie Skapski to an AHL contract and loaned him to the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Solar Bears have struggled to keep the net filled this year. They have Cal Heeter, also signed to an AHL deal, and they had Matt Hackett, who was on an ECHL deal. Hackett has left the organization, and one loaner goalie has come and gone.

With a game on the schedule for tomorrow, the Solar Bears needed someone at the very least as backup.

The Marlies chose to add a goalie they invited to training camp in Skapski, going a few steps beyond “very least”. Skapski, 23, has pro experience at all three levels in the Rangers organization. He played most of last year in the ECHL, and he was sitting as an unsigned free agent.

This is an area the Leafs organization is lacking in. They have three goalies with higher level success in Calvin Pickard, Garret Sparks and Kasimir Kaskisuo. They are all 24 or 25. Next, there are two teenagers in Joseph Woll and Ian Scott. They had nothing in between on NHL or AHL contracts.

Skapski might not be the prospect the Rangers had hoped when they drafted him, but he is a start at filling that age gap. He is, at the very least, a serious attempt to fill the net in Orlando and provide an emergency recall for the Marlies. He also gets the opportunity to aim at improving his performance and becoming a full-time AHL goalie.

Mackenzie Skapski

Season Team League GP GAA SVS% Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
Season Team League GP GAA SVS% Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
2009-2010 Fraser Valley Bruins BCMML 9 - -
Yale Secondary Lions Blue BCHSHL 1 1 0.966 Playoffs 2 1 0.933
2010-2011 Ridge Meadows Flames PIJHL 21 4.56 0.89 Playoffs 6 2.84 0.934
Yale Secondary Lions Blue BCHSHL - - -
Kootenay Ice WHL 4 3.16 0.882
Kootenay Ice M-Cup 0 - -
Canada Pacific U17 WHC-17 4 3.3 0.878
2011-2012 Kootenay Ice WHL 19 3.12 0.89 Playoffs 0 - -
2012-2013 Kootenay Ice WHL 65 2.78 0.91 Playoffs 5 3.95 0.892
2013-2014 Kootenay Ice WHL 53 2.7 0.916 Playoffs 10 3.78 0.882
2014-2015 New York Rangers NHL 2 0.5 0.978
Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 28 2.4 0.914 Playoffs 2 5.43 0.821
Greenville Swamp Rabbits ECHL 1 3.17 0.906
2015-2016 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 13 3.05 0.902
Greenville Swamp Rabbits ECHL 27 3.26 0.901
2016-2017 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 13 4.73 0.856
Greenville Swamp Rabbits ECHL 33 3.38 0.904 Playoffs 1 6 0.829
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