The Maple Leafs predictions that popped up after their first game at Traverse City

The Maple Leafs had trouble streaming, but their prospects didn’t struggle to put the puck into the net during their first game at the 2022 Traverse City Prospect Championship.

Toronto scored six goals – all of which came from players likely to be on the Marleys or the Maple Leafs to start the season. This was a very complete game by the Toronto team with some surprises from a few players.

But who is the most memorable and which players fell silent during Michigan’s first of four major games?

Semyon der Argochintsev

After a season in which Marles GM Ryan Hardy called Semyon Der-Arguchintsev the most improved player on the team, the 22-year-old made another appearance in the first game at Traverse City.

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Der-Arguchintsev has focused on the second Marlies streak for most of the AHL nights last year, but has surprisingly moved to the right wing for Prospect. It seemed to have paid off for the 22-year-old.

He was able to score two goals that night – helping the Maple Leafs in their 6-2 win over Dallas.

After strong play from Nick Abruzese (which we’ll talk about later), Der-Arguchintsev was able to drive the ball home in his first game. For most of the match, the 22-year-old looked like he was up to his game – being pretty strong on the disc, using his body, and showing off the strength he’d gained over the summer.

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If there was ever a match for Der-Arguchintsev to show his skill, it was this one.

His second goal came after some great work by Pontus Holmberg. As Der-Arguchintsev’s first AHL season drew to a close, he discussed the fact that he wanted to step up his shot and become a multi-dimensional player.

“I think it gets better as I get stronger, but I think I’m starting to show more.” The 22-year-old said back in March. “I try to pay more because I always knew I had goals inside of me, but I was paying a lot more for being a playmaker.”

I’m curious as to whether or not Der-Arguchintsev will stay on the wing for the rest of the tournament, or if head coach Manny Malhotra tries to bring him back to center.

Either way, it’s nice to see the 22-year-old shine in the first game.

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Nick Robertson

It is not surprising that after the strong play of Der-Arguchintsev, Nick Robertson appears.

After celebrating his birthday a few days ago, the 21-year-old made it clear that his goal is to get the NHL out of training camp.

“My clear goal is not to return to the MLS, my goal is to play in the NHL, as it is every year.”

Once again, similar to last year’s Prospect Championship, the 21-year-old appeared to have stifling control over putting on a good show. Whether on the disc or off the disc, Robertson has proven he is not a player to reckon with.

There was a small slip in his blue streak in the first period that led to the Dallas goal. But then, no more mistakes were made by the 21-year-old.

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In fact, he’s proven to be a good defender, stopping Dallas Stars’ Oscar Buck in his tracks and then carrying a snowball a split second early.

But we all know his prized possession – the shot – that can go off his wand like a bullet and can be positioned at an angle of his choosing. who – which shot He was on full display in the first match, where he was able to put him in the back of the net.

I can’t tell if his shot was so fast that even slow motion couldn’t see it or if it was just bad video. Either way, Robertson has once again shown why he’s one of Toronto’s top prospects.

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The 21-year-old scored 16 goals in 28 Premier League games last season and it looks like he could take the next step in a few weeks. If Robertson continues down the path that he’s on, it won’t look like he’s going to take the next step, in fact he will and will be in the NHL on opening night.

Pavel Gogolev

Pavel Gogolev – the coolest of all the Toronto prospects – scored the Maple Leafs prospect’s first goal of the tournament at Traverse City.

It looked really different, too. (Unfortunately, the Maple Leafs schedule wasn’t working when Gogolev scored, so we don’t have footage.)

When I watched Gogolev in his first year in the AHL, he seemed like a very good player who could one day play in the NHL. The 22-year-old got a rookie contract from Toronto, so there was definitely something in the beginning of it all.

But after 31 games last season and only eight points to appear against stronger opponents in the AHL, Gogolev was demoted to Newfoundland Growlers. Given the disengagement at the AHL level, the Maple Leafs wanted to know if sending him to ECHL would light a spark.

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He did so as he scored 20 points in 14 games, yet he only played in 10 of the Growlers’ 19 playoffs. A bit strange having averaged a point per game in the regular season.

With a goal and some solid play in the first game in the Prospect Championship, the 22-year-old could make himself back in the Marlies lineup if he makes that play in training camp.

Curtis Douglas

Aside from his 6-foot-8 physique, Douglas has a lot of great personality.

His skating – after working on it all last season – has improved a lot since joining the Maple Leafs organization. He already has a good shot and a great hand, adding more movement to his arsenal allows Douglas to be a tougher player to face him.

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The 22-year-old was able to find himself on the scoring sheet early in the second half against Dallas. He shoots his shot past all-star goalkeeper Matt Murray and starts his tournament on a strong note.

Marlis general manager Ryan Hardy said Douglas is more of a project than someone who could be in the Maple Leafs lineup this year. However, seeing his improvements from last season, so far, only highlights that he could be an important player for this organization in the future.

Max Ellis

Coming from Notre Dame at the end of last season, Max Ellis is looking to put a stamp on his professional career.

Well – it starts now – in Traverse City.

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The 22-year-old proved very early on how smooth he handled the skater. Ellis has a very deceptive speed due to how easy he is to appear on the ice. It can be slow one moment, then skip you the next.

And sometimes, it can lead to a goal; Such a play where Graham Slaggert, who has an AHL contract, converted Ellis’ backhand into the net.

Here’s another clip from the 22-year-old’s skateboarding. Incredibly ahead of the Dallas defender, but somehow he has the edges to break into a tricky corner and create a scoring opportunity for himself.

He’s on the small side, 5 feet 9 feet tall, but Ellis plays like he’s over six feet tall. His strength and power on the disc are his solid suits and it would be great to see how he performed in his first professional season – wherever that may be.

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Well, that was one of the Prospect Championship matches. I couldn’t make this article too long.

Abruzzi played very well and was just another of Toronto’s star players in the first game. Although he was unable to score, the 23-year-old made it onto the scoring sheet, and helped score Der-Arguchintsev’s first goal of the match.

He looked pretty strong and miles ahead of some Dallas players, which makes for an interesting story in what will likely be his first season in the AHL.

Pontus Holmberg also had a great game. The 23-year-old took two points, assisting in Der-Arguchintsev’s two goals. I’m impressed to see how he’ll behave over the next few weeks.

I can’t forget Alex Steves, who helped out in the first game. The 22-year-old showed his competitiveness and played a strong puck throughout the game against Dallas. There is no doubt that he will want to be on the list of goals more for the next three matches.

Another player who had a good game was Slaggert, who I liked to say earlier about Ellis’ shot into the net. The 23-year-old has been very good at the bottom half of the Toronto squad and it would be great to see where his game takes him in this tournament.

The Toronto defense looked good, including Philip Kral, Mikko Kokkonen, Axel Rendl, William Villeneuve, Marshall Raffy and Tommy Miller. No complaints on them against Dallas prospects.

Finally, Keith Petruzzelli got the nod in Toronto’s first game of the tournament. He stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced and looked really good in the net for the Maple Leafs.

With a few scratches in the first game for Toronto, I’m curious to see what Malhotra does in game two against St. Louis on Friday night. Again, Puck drop is at 6:30pm and you can find the game at MapleLeafs.com.

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