If I had to name a player in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization that will shock everyone and make the team, I’d go with Jeremy Bracco.
Bracco reminds me a lot of Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens. He’s undersized as he’s 5’9” and 181 lbs, but he still proves that he can be an outstanding power forward. The native of Freeport, New York had a solid rookie season with the Toronto Marlies last year. In 50 games played, he registered 6 goals and 26 assists.
He also played a few games in the Calder Cup playoffs with the AHL club. While he didn’t play every game and was a scratch, he shouldn’t be looked at as someone who doesn’t have the necessary skills to play every night.
The Marlies roster was loaded with talent and someone was going to have to sit out. Unfortunately, Bracco had to sit out.
In game two of the preseason against the Ottawa Senators, Bracco was impressive. Calle Rosen had set up Bracco with pass right to him and Bracco put the puck right past Mike McKenna for his first goal of the preseason.
If Bracco can continue his success this preseason, it’ll be hard for Mike Babcock to not keep him with the club.