Toronto Marlies: Midsummer roster preview for the 2017-2018 season

WINDSOR, ON - MAY 28: Forward Jeremy Bracco
WINDSOR, ON - MAY 28: Forward Jeremy Bracco /
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WINDSOR, ON – MAY 28: (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ON – MAY 28: (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images) /


This list is headlined by Andreas Johnsson who was one of the best Marlies on the team in the second half of the season. The rookie finished the regular season with 20 goals and 27 assists for a total of 47 points. Additionally, he put up six goals for the team in the playoffs. Moore also had a decent rookie season despite being an invite at development camp finishing with 33 points in 57 games.

Timashov didn’t have that good of a season, at times looking overwhelmed with the increased level of competition. Despite that, there was still sparks of skill that will most likely become more common with time. Colin Greening will also be returning to the Marlies after signing a one-year deal. The 31-year old took a leadership role this past season and was the team’s top-line centre. It’ll be surprising if he still is that next year, but what I can see his Greening being named team captain.

Other returnees include Clune who will probably be more of an off-ice than on-ice teammate, and the Goat, who may not return to action until November after suffering from a leg injury. Lindberg is another player who could be on the Marlies next season, but he could be someone moved to free up contract space.

Likely Additions

Both Bracco and Brooks have put up monstrous points in junior. It’s time to see if they can continue doing that as they are expected to be on the team out of camp next season. Hopefully the two can provide elite talent that has been missing from the team since William Nylander was there.

Aaltonen was a free agent signing from the KHL, and will most likely be sent down to the Marlies barring a spectacular Toronto Maple Leafs training camp. Mueller was brought in to be a veteran depth centre for the team as well as a potential call-up for the Leafs. The 31-year-old can still play though putting up 19 goals and 48 assists for the Tucson Roadrunners.

Winquist and Dupuy are signed to AHL deals only, but will most likely start the season with the Orlando Solar Bears. Either way, the two shore up the depth in the organization.


None of these subtractions mean much in the long-run except for maybe Leipsic. The organization lost the 23-year-old to expansion after he put up his second 50+ point season in a row. Despite being a key contributor for the Marlies, it’s unlikely he would’ve made the Leafs out of camp.

Griffith was a point-per-game player for the team, but was picked up off of waivers so there isn’t a huge loss. The other three have moved on to new teams, but wouldn’t have had room on the Marlies even if they stayed. Kalinin signed with St. Petersberg (KHL) and Sislo went to the Arizona Coyotes organization.