The Toronto Marlies have begun the Conference Finals in fine fashion by defeating the home team, the Oklahoma City Barons, 5-0.
Goals were scored by Marcel Mueller, Nicolas Deschamps, Matt Frattin, Joe Colborne and Jake Gardiner.
The Marlies play an all around solid game led by head coach Dallas Eakins. They have the ability to score, but they pride themselves more on solid two-way play, goaltending and good special teams.
What has that recipe lead to? Three victories away from the Calder Cup Finals, where they will play either the Norfolk Admirals or the St. Johns Ice Caps.
Leaf fans and readers alike will wonder why am I even discussing the Marlies here. The simple answer is to look at the Ottawa Senators and what their farm club, the Binghampton Senators, did last year.
They went all the way to the finals and eventually won it all. The winning experience and playoff run helped the Senators take a huge step forward this season. They managed to make the playoffs and take the New York Rangers to a decisive Game 7 in the Big Apple.
There have been numerous Marlies who have impressed during this playoff run. Here are five players who may have ticketed themselves into the NHL following a wonderful AHL playoff run.
Note: Jake Gardiner, since he was with the Leafs nearly all, year will not be included in this discussion.