Leipsic, Bibeau earn AHL monthly honours

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The Toronto Marlies continue their amassment of silverware etched crystalware, as both Brendan Leipsic and Antoine Bibeau have been acknowledged by the American Hockey League for their efforts in October.

Leipsic has had an unbelievable start to his season, to the surprise of few who have watched him in his prior season and a half with the Marlies. in eight games, the left winger leads the league in scoring with three goals and ten assists, carries a +/- of 6, and has 22 shots on goal.

The 22-year-old certainly looks to be NHL ready, showing high-level anticipation and activity while continuing to display the sandpaper that makes fans fall in love with him and opponents hate him.

On the other side of the ice, Bibeau deserves a lot of credit for a hot start to his season. While his overall 2015/16 showing was slightly above league average, the then-21-year-old was inconsistent at best and catastrophic at his worst. But he’s really hit another gear this season, going 5-0-1, posting a 0.944 save percentage, and picking up two shutouts. His performances have been particularly crucial as Garret Sparks remains out of the lineup with an undisclosed soreness.

Both players will get recognized officially at Toronto’s next home game (still a few weeks away).

  • ChelmsfordLeafs

    Slightly off subject and showing my ignorance of the rules, but can all Matthews, Nylander, Marner, Kapanen and Leipsic (and more) all be protected at the expansion draft when Vegas joins the party

    • LukeDaDrifter

      Really good question.- For purposes of the expansion draft I think only the AHL and NHL are considered professional.

      ” any players who are first or second year professionals.” are immune.

      Matthews and Marner are immune for sure…. This is Nylander’s third year of playing pro hockey,.. I think that first year doesn’t count as he started halfway (around Christmas) through the season in the AHL ., This is Kasperi Kapanen 2nd year even though he did manage 4 games back in 2014/15…..Looks like Brendan Leipsic is in his third year of professional hockey.

      In the next box I will post the full expansion draft eligibility rules.

      • LukeDaDrifter

        NHL Official Expansion Draft Rules

        Protection Rules

        Many of the rules are exactly as expected. Teams will be allowed to protect, as anticipated, either seven forwards and three defensemen or eight skaters total; they will only be allowed to protect one goaltender, regardless of how they choose to distribute their other protected players. Any players protected by their team will not be eligible for selection by Las Vegas at the expansion draft.

        The players who are required to be protected will include all players with effective no-movement clauses, which must be effective through the 2017-18 season (and not, as reported by certain sources ahead of the announcement, those that will expire in the summer of 2017). Those players will count against a team’s protected player limit, despite the fact that teams will have no choice but to protect them.

        The good news, though, is that – as expected – teams will have a list of players who will not need to be protected. Any unsigned draft picks will be ‘expansion draft immune’, as will any players who are first or second year professionals. Any signed players who have not yet gone pro, such as CHL skaters who have been loaned back to their clubs, will fall under this immunity list.

        Clubs must submit this protected list by 5:00 PM EST on June 17, 2017.
        Exposure Rules

        Teams will be required to expose a certain number of players – as is expected, since the team will only be allowed to protect up to 11 players in total.

        To prevent what commissioner Gary Bettman referred to as ‘shenanigans’, though, the league has set forth a series of rules for which players must be exposed.

        Each team will be required to expose at least two forwards, one defenseman, and one goaltender who are under contract for the 2017-18 season. The forwards and defenseman must have played in at least 40 NHL games in the 2016-17 season or 70 combined games between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

        As some teams may not have two goaltenders under contract for the 2017-18 season who are not expansion draft immune – one to protect and one to expose – the league will allow a team to expose a goaltender who is not under contract for the 2017-18 campaign, so long as he is a pending restricted free agent and the team has extended him a qualifying offer prior to submitting their list of protected players.

        Players who have missed more than 60 consecutive games with what the league deems ‘career-ending’ injuries do not count for a team’s required exposed player list.
        Las Vegas Selection Rules

        The Las Vegas franchise will be required to select 30 players at the expansion draft, taking one from each NHL franchise.(not including additional players who may be acquired as the result of violations of the Expansion Draft rules). The expansion club will be required to select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders, with at least 20 of those players under contract for the 2017-18 season.

        The players who are selected must combine for an aggregate salary between 60 and 100 percent of the confirmed salary cap upper limit for the 2017-18 season, and Las Vegas may not buy out any players they select in the expansion draft earlier than the summer of 2018.

        Las Vegas will be required to submit their list of expansion draft selections by 5:00 PM EST on June 20, 2017, with the selections to be announced on June 21, 2017 by the league.

        The NHL is on record saying there will be penalties, like loss of draft picks or even cherry picking a player off the offending team,, if teams don’t meet these minimum requirements. (Think a few 1st rounders here)