Immediately punted into the pantheon of hockey names in Toronto, Gordie Green and Bobby McMann have been signed as college free agents to two-year AHL contracts with the Toronto Marlies.
Gordie Green completed his fourth year with Miami University (Ohio) as their captain. The right winger solidly fits into the Kyle Dubas mold of small, talented, and gutsy. The 23-year-old American had 14 goals and 36 points in 34 games in his final season, completing his NCAA career with 48 goals and 115 points in 145 games.
For comparison, Leafs success story Trevor Moore played three seasons at the University of Denver, scoring 47 goals and 120 points in 121 games throughout his career, tracking similarly with the production of Green.
Green played one game for the U.S. National U17 Team, a roster that included Leafs legends Auston Matthews and Jeremy Bracco.
Green was named to the All-NCHC Second Team, making him one of the top six forwards in the division.
Green was at the Carolina Hurricanes Development Camp in 2018. They put together a nice isolation video of one of his shifts.
Here is Green’s 100th career point, a goal.
Green made the cross-crease pass here:
Green with the speed and finish on the goal here.
Bobby McMann was also a fourth-year captain of his NCAA team, Colgate University. The 23-year-old Canadian centre led the team in scoring with 10 goals and 20 points in 34 games as his team finished with a sub-500 record in 2019-20. His best season was in 2018, scoring 14 goals and 30 points in 40 games in a .500 team.
McMann was at both the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus blue Jackets Development Camps in 2017 after his rookie season in the NCAA. We actually have video of him coming through the neutral zone and feeding the lesser Nylander a pass at the Sabres camp. He also attended Calgary Flames camp in 2018.
Bobby McMann, who scored in today's #FlamesDevCamp scrimmage, talks about attending camp on a try-out agreement and how his game has developed over the past couple of years. pic.twitter.com/vjKrURZEyo— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) July 8, 2018
Here is a highlight pack of McMann with some of his best goals.
Bobby McMann is one of the most professional, driven, focused, and hard working athletes you will ever come by. His senior year at @ColgateMIH was cut short due to #CoronaPandemic ! Some @NHL team will be getting one hell of a athlete & person! Click on video there is music! pic.twitter.com/QFjztbsi1Z— Hux/Hky/Condition (@HuxHkyCondition) March 19, 2020
McMann scored three goals in two games about a month before the season ended, here’s all three against Cornell.
"OMG my mind is going a mile an hour!"— Colgate Men's Hockey (@ColgateMIH) February 9, 2020
Bobby's seventh of the year come on the power play. pic.twitter.com/Xzi67Z37TW
We don't get sick of this celly.— Colgate Men's Hockey (@ColgateMIH) February 9, 2020
That's nine goals for #9! pic.twitter.com/PJ5ihrMwbo
Bobby seems to really like that one-timer shot from his off-side.
McMann's team-leading eighth of the year is assisted by Meyer and Quillan to get Colgate on the board! pic.twitter.com/BfHBKAS7oP— Colgate Men's Hockey (@ColgateMIH) March 3, 2019
Other Marlies News
Justin Brazeau and Joseph Duszak were named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team after brilliant seasons with the Newfoundland Growlers. Duszak finished the season on the second power play unit for the Marlies. Brazeau could see himself in the AHL next season.
#ECHL All-Rookie team has been announced. Two Leafs/Marlies prospects on it.— Wash Your Hands (@HardevLad) April 2, 2020
Justin Brazeau (TOR) - Samuel Asselin (BOS) - Tyler Sheehy (MIN)
Justin Baudry (LAK) - Joseph Duszak (TOR)
Billy Christopoulos (WSH)