BY CHRISTOPHER O’NEIL – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
This past weekend, the Toronto Marlies watched as the Norfolk Admirals celebrated their well-earned Calder Cup Championship. Whatever injuries or circumstances fans and media alike want to search for to explain the loss, the Admirals were simply the better team. Toronto Maple Leafs fans should not take the loss too hard though because the run itself was a massive step forward for the Leafs organization.
Of course I am not in any way insinuating that a team’s AHL success guarantees NHL success of the parent club but it gives the club significantly more options in the future. When current NHL players who have won a Calder Cup or played significant time in an AHL playoff series speak of their experience, to a man they will talk about how valuable the experience was. The Leafs prospects on the Marlies got to play two months of meaningful hockey against the best competition in the NHL’s best development league.