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Practicing with the Future
The Toronto Marlies are continuing to stock up for their Calder Cup run. David Alter tweeted that 2016 second round pick Carl Grundström was on the ice practicing with the Marlies this morning. After signing his Entry Level Contract with the Leafs recently, it’s good for the young forward to get a feel for the smaller ice. The downside at the moment is that he can’t play. Although he has a deal with the Leafs for next year, the contract doesn’t kick in until July. Therefore, if the Marlies want to suit up the young Swede for a game or two in the playoffs, he would have to sign an ATO (Amateur Try-Out).
Fellow SHLers Pierre Engvall and 2015 first round pick Jesper Lindgren have already signed ATOs with the Marlies. The Marlies are about to start what looks to be a tough series against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday. It’ll be speak volumes if they let Grundström play of them.
Crosby and the Ugly Game Three
So let’s let the cat out of the bag to start. The Washington Capitals won Game Three last night and have cut the Penguins’ series lead to one. This game was ugly and at times out of control. Unfortunately, there were some casualties that arose from it, one which being pretty impactful. Connor Sheary had to leave the game after being hit by his teammate Patric Hornqvist. Bad joke but you could say Lars Eller got lucky there. Then there is the series of events riddled with controversy. While heading to the net, Ovechkin clips Crosby’s skate and gets him with a high stick. While already falling, Matt Niskanen follows through with a crosscheck that gets Crosby in the head. Fortunately, Crosby was able to skate off on his own, but he was done for the night.
The consensus around the league is that it was a concussion. Niskanen received a five minute major and a game misconduct and will not be suspended for the hit. It’s safe to say that this series got a whole lot interesting.
As the NHL Awards gets closer, another set of nominees are announced. This time around, it’s for the Hart Trophy which goes to the most valuable player of their team. Sidney Crosby, Sergei Brobrovsky, and Connor McDavid are this year’s nominees. Crosby had his highest goal count since the 2009-2010 season scoring 44 goals. Brobrovsky’s outstanding play was a main factor in the Columbus Blue Jackets making the playoffs this year. And Connor McDavid…As much as the other additions such as Cam Talbot were stellar for the Edmonton Oilers, it all starts and ends with McDavid. The 2015 first overall pick led his team in scoring and was the only player in the NHL to get at least 100 points. Considering the fact that the second highest scorer on the team was Leon Draisaitl with 77 points, McDavid’s impact is unquestionable.
It was just announced that the Leafs have signed Nikita Zaitsev to a seven-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million. This confirms Bob McKenzie’s report during one of the Leafs intermission hits on TSN. One more signing was done, this one may not be as positive. Ben Smith has also been signed to a one year $650, ooo contract. Apparently this move was made so the Leafs didn’t have to expose Leo Komorov and Matt Martin in the expansion draft. I guess in the Leaf’s eyes, Martin’s contract wasn’t protection enough.