Thursday, May 1, 2014

Playoff leading Marlies

Photo Courtesy of the Toronto Marlies

Justin Smith

This time of year there seem to be many sentiments in sport that tend to hold true.

Leadership, grit and team toughness are just some of the things that you will likely see over the course of a post-season run. Just look at how the Toronto Raptors have captured the hearts of Toronto during their first round playoff match-up with the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately the Leafs found a way to let their fans endure another collapse in the Spring, so they won't be able to emulate these types of virtues.

Which leads us to the Toronto Marlies, who are on the brink of sweeping their first round opponent in the Milwaukee Admirals. With key contributions from Jerry D'Amigo, Sam Carrick and captain Trevor Smith; this young team will attempt to mirror their Calder Cup run in 2012.

The statistical information of the aforementioned players are pretty impressive with only two games being played thus far in the post-season.

1. D'Amigo leads the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs in scoring with five points. (2G - 3A)
    He ranks 1st on the Marlies all-time playoff scoring list with 27 points in 28 games. (11G - 16A)

2. Trevor Smith leads all players in playoff assists in the 2014 playoffs so far.

3. Sam Carrick leads all players in playoff goals in the 2014 playoffs so far.

Side Note:

What is being dubbed as the 'Black Aces' by the Marlies coaching staff; Fabrice Herzog, Carter Verhaeghe, Frederik Gauthier and newly added Conner Brown make up this group of "extra skaters". They are learning what it takes to be successful by former NHL captain and Leafs' player development adviser, Steve Staios. All four players will likely see some ice-time during these Calder Cup playoffs due to curiosity and injuries.

Photo Courtesy of THE CANADIAN PRESS

The 'Black Aces' regular season stats:

Connor Brown - Erie Otters (Captain)
Leafs 2012 draft pick: 6th Round - 156th overall.

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 5'11
Weight: 170
Birthdate: January 14 1994
Hometown: Etobicoke, Ontario

2013 - 2014 OHL Regular Season: 68GP  45G - 83A (128 points)

Frederik Gauthier -  Rimouski Oceanic
Leafs 2013 draft pick: 1st Round - 21st overall

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'4
Weight: 215
Birthdate: April 26 1995
Hometown: Laval, Quebec

2013 - 2014 OMJHL Regular Season: 54GP  18G - 32A (52 points)

Carter Verhaeghe - Niagara IceDogs
Leafs 2013 draft pick: 3rd Round - 82nd overall

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'2
Weight: 185
Birthdate: August 14 1995
Hometown: Waterdown, Ontario

2013 - 2014 OHL Regular Season: 65GP  28G - 54A (82 points)

Fabrice Herzog - Quebec Remparts
Leafs 2013 draft pick: 5th Round - 142nd overall

Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'2
Weight: 189
Birthdate: December 9 1994
Hometown: Frauenfeld, Switzerland

2013 - 2014 QMJHL Regular Season: 61GP  32G - 26A (58 points)

Game time is at 7:00 pm at Ricoh Coliseum. The game will be broadcasted live on LeafsTV.

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