Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Marlies to Watch Heading Into the New Year

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With many injuries to the Toronto Maple Leafs roster this season they have had to call up multiple players from the AHL to fill their line-up.

Bobby McMann and William Lagesson are among some of the players who started this season in the AHL but over the past 2 months have been playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs while filling in for injured players like Timothy Liljegren, Jake McCabe, Mark Giordano and Ryan Reaves.

Despite depleting the Toronto Marlies roster, the Marlies sit third in the North Division with a 13-10-3-1 record. (At the time of this writing).

With the subtraction of Robertson and McMann up front and the loss of Lagesson on the back end, the Marlies have had many players step up and fill their roles; three of which have stood out among the rest and could make an impact on the Maple Leafs roster.

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Marlies to Watch Heading Into the New Year

3. Alex Steeves (Forward)

Alex Steeves was signed by the Maple Leafs in the spring of 2021 after having an incredible college campaign and being ranked among the most sought-after College free agents.

Since then Steeves has played most of his three seasons with the Toronto Marlies but has played six games in the NHL while with the organization.

Steeves scored 97 points in 128 games in his first two seasons with the Marlies and is over a point per game so far this year, playing a top-line role. Although not the quickest player, he can create space for himself with his agility and keeps defenders guessing while in the offensive zone. He is a great passer and has a nose for the net.

His defensive game at times can be lacking but over the last three seasons, he has become a lot more sound in his own zone. Steeves would be a a great fit on the Maple Leafs third line if one of Jarnkrok or Robertson were to get injured.