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Marlies sign Alex Gudbranson and Kristian Pospisil

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The Marlies are hard at work adding players to the system to keep the team well stocked.

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Today the Marlies announced the signing of two players to two-way AHL contracts.

Alex Gudbranson

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.

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

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
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
Brockville Braves CJHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010-2011 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 3 11 14 37 Playoffs 5 0 1 1 0
Canada Ontario U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 2
2011-2012 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 50 2 7 9 52
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
2014-2015 Iowa Wild AHL 46 1 3 4 17
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
Toronto Marlies AHL 4 0 0 0 2

Kristian Pospisil

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.

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

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM Playoffs GP G A TP PIM
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
Slovakia U18 WJC-18 5 1 1 2 10
2014-2015 EC Salzburg II MHL 49 20 29 49 161
EC Salzburg II JCWC 3 1 0 1 4
2015-2016 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada QMJHL 52 25 15 40 74 Playoffs 10 1 2 3 19
Slovakia U20 WJC-20 5 0 0 0 6
2016-2017 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 48 15 25 40 111 Playoffs 13 5 9 14 14