AHL Report – Reigning Calder Cup Champs in Peak Form (May 2019)

Brayden Olafson

2019-05-11

 

Since we last checked in on the AHL back in April, the league has wrapped up nearly half of their playoff tournament. We’ve missed a lot in the last month and it’s time to get caught up!

 

First and foremost, the defending Calder Cup Champion, Toronto Marlies have been dominant since kicking off the postseason. Led by second-round draft-pick Jeremy Bracco and undrafted free agent netminder, Kasimir Kaskisuo the Marlies have owned both of their opponents en route to the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

The 22-year-old Bracco is coming off of an outstanding regular season as a sophomore in the AHL in which he nearly doubled his rookie scoring rate. While the Leafs are sure to be much more careful bringing along their next AHL developed goaltender in Kaskisuo, Bracco should have an opportunity to crack the NHL roster by the fall of 2020. Connor Brown is reportedly one of the most likely Leafs to be shipped out in the team’s cap crunch, however, that role might be better suited for another Leafs prospect like 2016 second-round draft pick Yegor Korshkov, or undrafted free agent signing Ilya Mikheyev. Aside from the two most impressive Marlies these playoffs, Trevor Moore, who has also contributed regularly will likely be back in a Leafs sweater come October. Moore used his agility and energy to drive a sometimes dangerous-looking fourth line for the Leafs in their first-round m