Leafs extend Marshall, shore up defence

The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended defenceman Kevin Marshall, a signing that may have gone under the radar in Leaf Land, but one that was necessary.

A second round draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2007, Marshall hasn’t yet worked his way out of the AHL and will likely continue to get seasoning with the AHL’s Marlies this coming season. In 24 games with the Marlies last season after being acquired from the Washington Capitals organization, Marshall had one goal and seven assists.

What Marshall, 24, brings to the roster is a history of winning. While a member of the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the QMJHL, Marshall hoisted the QMJHL Championship. In addition, Marshall was a member of the 2005-06 Canadian U17 team, winning a gold medal with the squad.

While not the flashiest defenceman, Marshall’s reliable and can log a lot of minutes while being relied upon for some leadership in the room. A former captain of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, Marshall makes an effective addition to the Marlies without the Leafs having to go out looking.

In 283 career regular season AHL games, Marshall has nine goals, 31 assists, and 403 PIM.

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