Today the Marlies announced the signing of two players to two-way AHL contracts.
The first is their next step in their campaign to sign every defenceman in the known world. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but they have a lot of defence options, and several who can be loaned to the Orlando Solar Bears too.
#Marlies News: The @TorontoMarlies have signed defenceman Alex Gudbranson to a two-way AHL contract.#MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/P0MJ3x0duU— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) July 21, 2017
Today’s signing, Alex Gudbranson, who is on a two-way deal and may well spend time in Florida, brings back a somewhat familiar face.
Gudbranson had originally been signed to an ELC as a junior free agent. He played a lot of ECHL hockey and produced fairly well for a man who isn’t really offensively focused. Last year, the Marlies had him on a loan from the Wild organization, but he only saw four games. I am certain I watched at least one of those games and found him competent, but not exceptional. He can play the game, but he doesn’t make you think he’s top-pairing AHL material.
He is only 22, yet has pro experience, continuing the youth movement on the Leafs’ minor league teams. He is a right-shooting defender, and is listed at 6’2” and 234 lb. His points pace in the ECHL is actually higher than it was in the OHL.
Alex Gudbranson via Elite Prospects
|2008-2009||Ottawa Jr. 67s Bantam AAA||OEBHL||-||-||-||-||-|
|Ottawa Jr. 67s Bantam AAA||OHF Bantam AAA||6||0||1||1||2|
|Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget AAA||OEMMHL||2||0||0||0||2|
|2009-2010||Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget AAA||OEMMHL||28||11||19||30||18|
|Ottawa Jr. 67s Midget AAA||OEMHL||4||1||1||2||2||Playoffs||2||2||1||3||0|
|Ottawa Jr. 67s Minor Midget AAA||OHL Cup||4||0||0||0||0|
|Canada Ontario U17||WHC-17||5||0||0||0||2|
|2012-2013||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||65||3||11||14||62||Playoffs||6||0||0||0||15|
|2013-2014||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||66||7||8||15||76||Playoffs||9||1||3||4||18|
|2015-2016||Quad City Mallards||ECHL||72||5||17||22||58||Playoffs||4||0||0||0||4|
|2016-2017||Quad City Mallards||ECHL||45||4||11||15||46|
Their second signing of the day is also a familiar face. Kristian Pospisil was an invitee to the recent development camp and made a very positive impression.
#Marlies News: The @TorontoMarlies have signed forward Kristian Pospisil to a two-way AHL contract.#MarliesLive pic.twitter.com/VgEAZITvSA— Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) July 21, 2017
Pospisil is a 21 year old centre/winger who is as tall as Gudbranson, if not quite as defenceman-like in his mass. He showed an ability to control the puck and win battles in development camp as well as some good offensive skills.
Kristian Pospisil via Elite Prospects
|2011-2012||HKM Zvolen U18||Slovakia U18||41||18||9||27||94|
|2012-2013||EC Salzburg U18||RBHRC U18||25||17||24||41||52|
|EC Salzburg II||RBHRC U20||11||1||5||6||16|
|2013-2014||EC Salzburg U18||RBHRC U18||6||3||9||12||31|
|EC Salzburg U20||EBYSL||10||6||7||13||80|
|EC Salzburg II||MHL||32||4||9||13||52|
|Slovakia U18 (all)||International-Jr||8||1||0||1||20|
|2014-2015||EC Salzburg II||MHL||49||20||29||49||161|
|EC Salzburg II||JCWC||3||1||0||1||4|
|2016-2017||Sioux City Musketeers||USHL||48||15||25||40||111||Playoffs||13||5||9||14||14|
Kristian Pospisil scores to put Team Sittler ahead in today's Development Camp scrimmage.#TMLtalk pic.twitter.com/56pNzqbJfu— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 11, 2017