Toronto Maple Leafs: Checking in with the Toronto Marlies' Start to the Season

Jon ReidCorrespondent IIOctober 25, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 29: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs moves against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on February 29, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Maple Leafs 5-4.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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While the NHL season may not have started just yet, thanks to the lockout and labor dispute between the league's owners and their players, the AHL season kicked off for the Toronto Maple Leafs' minor league affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, almost two weeks ago.

Fans of the Leafs as well as the Marlies were eagerly anticipating what the 2012-13 season would bring after a year in which the Marlies went all the way to the Calder Cup Finals.

The 2012-13 edition of the team is now five games into its quest to return to the Calder Cup Finals, but things haven't been going nearly as well as fans had hoped.

Despite starting their season off with four of their first five games at home, the Marlies have dropped three of those contests and possess a record of just 2-2-1.

Though the season is only five games old, players like Nazem Kadri and Ben Scrivens haven't gotten off to the start they had hoped for.

Sure, Scrivens' goals against average is a stellar 2.36, but his save percentage isn't anything to write home about, standing at a slightly disappointing .896.

Kadri, meanwhile, has just two assists in his first five games to go with a neutral player rating.

On a positive note, offseason addition Mike Kostka actually leads the team through five games with five points, with fellow defenseman Jake Gardiner right behind him, tallying four points up to this point.

As for Joe Colborne, he's managed to rack up three assists in his first five games, but has yet to bury a goal on the young season.

The Marlies will play their final game of October tomorrow night when they visit the Hamilton Bulldogs for the third meeting between the two teams this season.

While it's important to note that there is still plenty of time before the season wraps up, it's still nice to see how the team has started off the 2012-13 campaign.