Joey MacDonald, Duck: Shutout, 40sv, 1a
Kyle Calder, Duck: 2g, 1a, +3
Brendan Mikkelson, Duck: 1a, +2
Brennan Evans, Duck: +2
Marlies’ Non-Duck Prospects: 1g, 2a, +8
… quack, quack, quack…
I woke up this morning to a tweet from an Atlanta beat writer proclaiming that the Wolves loss was directly related to the Chelios’ call-up… really? Without delving into the depths of HockeyDB, I can’t recall the last time the Chelios recorded a 4 point game, let alone 4 goals. This game had nothing to do with Atlanta, or Chicago for that matter, but rather was a showcase for Anaheim talent past, possible and future.
Kyle Calder, 31, was believed to have his best year’s behind him. Calder spent time as a Hawk, Flyer, Red Wing, King and Duck before making his first trip to the ECHL. But the threat of remaining in lower pro leagues didn’t get this speedy forward down. Since being assigned to the Marlies, Calder has registered 23 points in 30 games and is picking up more steam as the team heads down the stretch.
Joey MacDonald, 30, spent last season putting up average numbers on a horrible Islanders team. With little chance of cracking the Leafs lineup this season, Mac-D didn’t seem all that phased that he had been moved by the Leafs to Anaheim, but rather relished in the fact that he didn’t have to leave his Marlies teammates. MacDonald registered his 20th AHL shutout vs the Wolves and holds strong to his spot of being an Anaheim ‘possible.’
Brendan Mikkelson, 23, is part of Anaheim’s future. With key defensive members of the Ducks’ Stanley Cup winning team already gone, Anaheim will be looking to the strong character of Mikkelson to meet opponents at the blue line. Brendan draws regular cheers from the Toronto crowd after launching missiles at the net or dropping bombs on opposing forwards.
With the Leafs pillaging the Marlies’ roster of most of their talent (Bozak, Hanson, Stalberg, Gunnarsson and Rosehill all having long stints on the mother club) Toronto’s AHL faithful have been grateful for the Anaheim additions, even if we can’t expect to see them at the ACC anytime soon… well, at least not in a Leafs uniform.
The Marlies remain 9pts behind the North West’s 4th place Moose, and will look to make up some ground tonight as they face the Milwaukee Admirals. Game time 8:30pm, catch the action on The Fan 590.