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Five Players Who Won’t be Returning to Toronto This Season

After a season that had a plethora of roster moves between Europe, NHL and ECHL, it’s been a relatively steady off-season for the Toronto Marlies

Five Players Who Won’t be Returning to Toronto This Season

TORONTO – After a season that had a plethora of roster moves between Europe, NHL and ECHL, it’s been a relatively steady off-season for the Toronto Marlies. To start the 2021-22 season, the Marlies will be without five faces who dawned the Marlies uniform.

Veini Vehviläinen

Though he only played four games with the Marlies, Vehviläinen was noted as one of the top goaltending prospects for the club. Debuting in Cleveland, his AHL career lasted two seasons, with him spending the majority of last season sitting in the press box. Overall, he posted a .902 save percentage and a 2.82 goals against average in the AHL. This season, Vehviläinen’s taking his services to Sweden’s SHL, with Brynäs IF.

Martin Marincin

He spent over five seasons with the Toronto organization. Playing north of 140 games for the Maple Leafs and 79 with the Marlies, Marincin spent a good amount of his Toronto career yo-yoing on waivers. In fact, over the course of five seasons, Marincin was put on waivers 47 times. 2019-20 and 2020-21 alone saw Marincin put on waivers 36 times between the NHL and AHL.

The 29-year-old will star with HC Oceláři Třinec of the Czech Extraliga this season. For his career with the AHL’s Marlies, he posted five goals, 24 assists (29 points), and 28 PIMS.

Kalle Kossila

Kossila has been around the pro-game for nearly five seasons. After playing with the Marlies for the past two seasons, Kossila is heading back to Finland and set to play for Jokerit in the KHL. Over his two seasons, the 5-foot-10 forward gathered 35 points through 40 games (10 goals, 25 assists).

Kossila served as the team’s first-line centre through the back half of last season. Undoubtedly, this will send the squad in the market searching for a top-line centre and a player who can be relied on late in the game.

Nic Petan

Petan was another player in the Toronto organization that yo-yoed between the NHL & AHL through his tenure. Playing 28 games with the Maple Leafs and 39 with the Marlies, Petan proved himself to be a reliable centre. His on-ice vision was seconded only to Alex Galchenyuk for the Marlies last season.

Now with the Abbotsford Canucks, the sky’s the limit for the 26-year-old, who has plenty of potential to have a bright NHL career.

Petan totalled 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) through his two seasons with the Marlies.

Kenny Agostino

A prominent face with the Marlies over the past two years, the left-winger found his way to the KHL playing with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. Agostino provided the Marlies with concrete offence both night in and night out.

Through his 75 games played with the Marlies, the New Jersey native marked himself as nearly a point per game player, printing 36 goals and 35 assists (71 points).

These departures create room for the younger players to step in and excel this coming season. We’ll be here to follow that as the season progresses.

Zack Power covers the Toronto Marlies for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHMarlies.

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    Zack Power covers the Toronto Marlies for Field Pass Hockey. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @FPHMarlies.

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