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Can Bobby McMann Ever Make the Maple Leafs’ Roster?

Bobby McMann came out of nowhere to set the Toronto Marlies’ rookie scoring record? Can he ever make the Maple Leafs’ roster?

No one saw Bobby McMann coming. The 26-year-old McMann flew under the radar in the 2020-21 season with the Marlies. He only scored two goals and two assists in 21 games. So McMann was moved down to the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL. Again, he scored only two goals and two assists, but this time in only four games.

As a result, McMann was then called up to the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies. Turned out perfect. McMann surprised everyone to have a breakout season and set the franchise record for most goals for a Marlies’ rookie with 24. He didn’t earn top-six minutes on the team immediately; but, when he did, he turned into one of the top Marlies’ players.

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McMann Broke Josh Leivo’s Rookie Record

McMann’s record for rookie goal-scoring was previously held by Josh Leivo. McMann finish the 2021-22 season with 35 points in 61 games (fifth in goals scored). As a result, the team signed him to a two-year, two-way contract with the Maple Leafs in April.

What’s most impressive about McMann is his relentless work ethic. Those are not my words. The report on his signing called that work ethic “unrelenting.” His reputation is that “He rarely takes a shift off and has drawn many penalties this season when opponents have been worn down by his work rate and puck pursuit.”


The Maple Leafs Need Energy on the Fourth Line

The Maple Leafs need that energy on their fourth line. McMann has good speed and mobility, and he’s not a small player. His age and experience at all levels might just have given him the muscle memory to know where to go on the ice. His forechecking and positioning are excellent.

McMann is what the Maple Leafs lack – a power forward. He plays with that mentality and attacks the net. Although McMann plays aggressively, he’s both responsible and disciplined. He only was assessed seven minor penalties in 60 games on the season. McMann is also useful as a penalty killer. He scored three shorthanded goals on the season.

Can McMann Ever Make the Maple Leafs’ Active Roster?

As noted, because McMann was 26 years old this summer, he’s a bit old for making an NHL roster. However, stranger things have happened. In many ways, he reminded me of former Marlies player Mason Marchment. So much so that, when I created the publication for the post, I used a photo of an Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Card (with permission) of Marchment for the feature image on the post.

Marchment kicked around in the Maple Leafs organization and was eventually traded to the Florida panthers. Just two weeks ago, after a great breakout season of his own, the Dallas Stars signed Marchment to a four-year contract worth $4.5 million annually. So, it’s possible.

When the Maple Leafs signed McMann to a two-way contract it suggested that he’s been noticed by the organization. It also means there’s a chance for him to make an NHL roster. Because the Maple Leafs have a world-class player development staff, look for him to get a great chance to showcase his skills.

Good luck.

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  1. Afp1961

    July 29, 2022 at 6:57 am

    Jim – the leafs desperately need a minor leaguer like McMann to crack the lineup. Pipeline is extremely bare but a few rough gems do seem to appear. He may be one of them. Hope he shows well enough to earn a 4th line role.

  2. gcmgome

    July 29, 2022 at 9:06 am

    I saw one of his games early in the season playing for the Growlers. One particular sequence sticks in my mind where he ragged the puck along the end boards and corner in the offensive end until finding a teammate for a scoring chance in the slot.
    He looked like a man playing with peewees while shielding the puck and throwing a couple of reverse checks. The defenders could not knock him off of the puck.
    I remember thinking to myself…”This guy is not long for this league”, and sure enough, within a few impressive ECHL games he was moved up to the Marlies.
    The glaring truth about this guy is that he possesses a combination of size, strength and mobility that is not found in any other forward in the Leafs’ minor league system.
    He may be a bit raw for 2nd line duty with the big club and would likely be a better fit initially on the 4th line but the type of player he projects to be is exactly what the Leafs’ top six is missing.

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