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Marlies forward at the front of the line for a call-up after setting franchise record


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Ryan Smitheram
December 16, 2023  (9:11)
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The Toronto Marlies took on the Providence Bruins last night in AHL action. They ended up thumping the Bruins 8-2 and in the process, one Marlies forward set a new franchise record for longest point-streak. Alex Steeves assisted on Dylan Gambrell's first period goal, giving him a point in 14-straight games. It also broke the previous point-streak record of 13 games set by Spencer Abbott, who had points in 13-straight games with Toronto during the 2013-14 season.

With Toronto Maple Leafs forward Ryan Reaves out with a lower-body injury, suffered Thursday night, it might be time for Steeves to get an extended look with the Leafs. Steeves has 11 goals and 19 points over his 14 game streak and on the season has 22 points in 17 games with the Marlies.
Secondary scoring has been an on-and-off issue for the Leafs this season, but it has been better as of late. Steeves would add some additional offensive power to the Leafs' bottom-six regardless of whether that is on the third or fourth line. The 24-year-old was an undrafted free agent that signed with the Leafs three years ago and is in the final year of his entry-level contract. Since signing his deal, Steeves has seen 6 NHL games with the Leafs where he has registered a lone assist, but as he has developed into a top line player for the Marlies, Steeves is looking for the opportunity to showcase what he can do with an extended run with the Leafs.
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Marlies forward at the front of the line for a call-up after setting franchise record

Should Steeves get a chance with the Leafs now that Reaves is out?

Yes, he deserves it56991.9 %
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