Minor league success in Toronto suggests promising future for Maple Leafs

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Photo: Greg McKegg (92) was the lone prospect to represent the Leafs at the 2012 Memorial Cup. (Terry Wilson/CHL Images)

 

It's been a long time since a team in Toronto has played meaningful hockey in the Spring months. The Toronto Marlies have changed those fortunes this season with a strong year that has translated into a lengthy post-season run that has seen the club play in the Calder Cup finals. Led by a handful of solid prospects, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope the recent post-season run by the Marlies will translate into more NHL ready players as soon as next season.

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Jeremy Smith named AHL Player of the Week

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Milwaukee Admirals goaltender Jeremy Smith has been selected as the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 15, 2012.

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2012 Prospects: Andreas Athanasiou hopes to speed his way to top of NHL draft

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Photo: London Knights forward Andreas Athanasiou is one of the speedier forwards available for the 2012 NHL Draft (courtesy of CHL Images)

They say that speed kills. And for whichever team selects London Knights' forward Andreas Athanasiou in June's NHL entry draft, they're going to find themselves with a veritable assassin in their organization.

For a league that puts a premium on speed, the Woodbridge, ON native will be a valuable asset. But while the young forward does put in the time to improve his stride, speed is just a natural component of this — and many other — games.

"It's just natural. It's always been a key part of my game playing hockey. Even when I'm playing basketball, soccer, track — I was on a track-and-field club team outside of school — I've always been pretty fast," Athanasiou explained. "It's always been my go-to — it's always been there, even when I was a little kid. I remember going on the ice with my dad when I was really young, maybe a couple of years old, and having him swing me around so that I could just pick up tons and tons of speed and just fly around. I just loved it."
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HF Podcast: The AHL-leading Hershey Bears

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The Hershey Bears, AHL farm team of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, is having another strong season in 2009-10.  Tim Leone, writer for The Patriot-News and co-author with Bruce Boudreau of the book, "Gabby – Confessions of a hockey lifer", is the guest on this Hockey’s Future podcast, in which we discuss the Bears and their quest to capture a second consecutive Calder Cup.

Click on this link to download this Hockey’s Future Podcast

AHL Prospect Profile:Derek Armstrong

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DEREK ARMSTRONG


POSITION: CENTER
SHOOTS: RIGHT
HEIGHT: 6-1
WEIGHT: 193
BIRTHDATE: APRIL 23, 1973
BIRTHPLACE: OTTAWA, ONTARIO

HISTORY:

During his stellar junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario
Hockey League, Derek Armstrong was drafted in the fifth-round of the 1992
National Hockey League Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Now in his
seventh professional season, he has played 82 NHL games with the Islanders
(1993-94, 95-96, 96-97), Ottawa Senators (1997-98) and New York Rangers
(1998-99), totalling 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) and 56 penalty
minutes. In 359 minor league games with Salt Lake (1993-94), Denver
(1994-95), Utah (1996-97) and Detroit (1997-98) of the International Hockey
League, and Worcester (1995-96) and Hartford (1997 ? present) of the American
Hockey League, Armstrong has 108 goals, 182 assists and 328 penalty minutes.
In 1995, he was a member of the IHL Turner Cup Champion Denver Grizzlies. He
is a two-time AHL All-Star (1999, 2000), who was the Bauer Canadian Player of
the Game in 1999. His 105 assists and 162 points for the Hartford WolfPack
are all-time club records, and last season’s 80 points (29 goals, 51 assists)
are a single-season club record, as well as a personal high.

TALENT ANALYSIS:

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