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Toronto Marlies announce their official roster

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It’s smaller than expected.

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The Toronto Marlies have announced their official roster today, as the AHL season officially begins.

Marlies Official 2017 Roster

Name Position 2016-17 Club(s) D.O.B.
Name Position 2016-17 Club(s) D.O.B.
Miro Aaltonen F Vityaz (KHL) 06/07/1993
Jeremy Bracco F Kitchener (OHL) Windsor (OHL) 03/17/1997
Adam Brooks F Regina (WHL) 05/06/1996
Rich Clune F Toronto (AHL) 04/25/1987
Colin Greening F Toronto (AHL) 03/09/1986
Andreas Johnsson F Toronto (AHL) 11/21/1994
Kasperi Kapanen F Toronto (NHL) Toronto (AHL) 07/23/1996
Mason Marchment F Toronto (AHL) Orlando (ECHL) 06/18/1995
Trevor Moore F Toronto (AHL) 03/31/1995
Chris Mueller F Tucson (AHL) 03/06/1996
Kerby Rychel F Toronto (AHL) 10/07/1994
Ben Smith F Toronto (NHL) Colorado (NHL) 07/11/1988
Nikita Soshnikov F Toronto (NHL) Toronto (AHL) 10/14/1993
Dmytro Timashov F Toronto (AHL) 10/01/1996
Travis Dermott D Toronto (AHL) 12/22/1996
Justin Holl D Toronto (AHL) 01/30/1992
Timothy Liljegren D Rogle (SHL) Timra IK (Allsvenskan) 04/30/1999
Vincent LoVerde D Ontario (AHL) 04/14/1989
Martin Marincin D Toronto (NHL) 02/18/1992
Andrew Nielsen D Toronto (AHL) 11/13/1996
Michael Paliotta D Hartford (AHL) 04/16/1993
Rinat Valiev D Toronto (AHL) 05/11/1995
Kasimir Kaskisuo G Toronto (AHL) Orlando (ECHL) 10/02/1993
Garret Sparks G Toronto (AHL) 06/28/1993

You can see a lot of familiar names. There are a few that aren’t there, and they haven’t (yet) shown up on the transfer list to Orlando. The Marlies haven’t announced any moves as part of this roster reveal either.

Martins Dzierkals, Call Heeter, Alex Gudbranson, Jean Dupuy and Max Novak were not part of the last round of cuts to Orlando, and they aren’t here on this roster. All are on AHL contracts, and we can assume they’ve been sent down. In Dzierkals’ case that is a bit of a surprise since the above roster of 14 forwards is very small for the AHL.

This marks a change from last year, when the Marlies carried a lot of players who saw little ice time. If they are moving those players down to Orlando to start the season, it seems like more people will play in more games, and that’s good overall. But this roster is at risk of being too small if injuries hit the forward corps or if call ups to the Leafs become necessary.

This Marlies squad is a strong one, with a lot of balance through the lineup. There’s a few areas where they are missing some punch, namely at centre, but we’ll get to see how well Ben Smith can do at the job. Is he Mark Arcobello class or no? Maybe Chris Mueller is.

The Marlies open their season at home tomorrow night against the Utica Comets.