Leafs Heading To Helsinki
The Toronto Maple Leafs will potentially see two of its top draft picks from 2015 play in one of the biggest tournaments in junior hockey.
London Knight’s forward Mitch Marner (fourth overall) and Erie Otters defenseman Travis Dermott (34th overall) have been selected by Hockey Canada to attend Team Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
Marner has been on a roll in the Ontario Hockey League. He’s posted 47 points in 22 games played with the Knights, good for a 2.13 points per game average.
With the Otters, Dermott has tallied one goal and 23 assists through 26 games.
Both Marner and Dermott were standouts at the Summer Showcase in August. For a full detailed analysis, here.
With Marner’s high end offensive awareness and Dermott’s ability to make a strong first pass and be a key player in the defensive zone, there’s no doubt that they will be relied on for Team Canada should they make the roster.
The full list of camp invitees can be found at TSN.
Momentous Night For Sparks
Rookie goaltender, Garret Sparks got the win and earned a shutout in his first game as a Toronto Maple Leafs. The Elmhurst, Illinois native became the first Leaf to do so in franchise history.
Just a year ago, Sparks was on a 13 game road trip with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL. And now, his name is etched in the Leafs record book.
Emotions were high for Sparks after the game. To make this ending perfect, his parents were in attendance to witness it.
“That was a completely new experience, and I enjoyed every second of it,” said Sparks.
At six-foot-three, 205 pounds, Sparks showed it all last night against the Edmonton Oilers. He was calm, saw the puck clearly and was able to recover quickly if he was out of position. Even though he’s a rookie, Sparks played as if he was a seasoned veteran in net.