NIAGARA FALLS – Eamon McAdam wanted the Leafs to notice him in his first Toronto camp.
Facing Auston Matthews in a shootout, with hundreds of yelling school children as a backdrop, fit the bill. He stopped a couple of 1-on-1 chances before being undressed by Toronto’s young star, who sold a fake wrist shot so well that McAdam’s five-hole opened for the puck to simply slip off the stick and in.
The highlight goal, part of the first meeting of Matthews against John Tavares in scrimmage play, was immediately posted on many social media platforms. But rather than ruin McAdam’s day, he quite enjoyed it.
“It’s always a good experience to be on the ice with such skilled players,” said McAdam, the minor leaguer picked up in the Matt Martin trade with the Isles. “Even just watching the scrimmage in the first half (from the bench). It’s cool to try and push myself against those guys.”
Matthews’s fearsome quick release was what McAdam braced for.
“But he sold (the deke) and it was smooth. My buddies and I were working on the same move all summer and nobody could pull it off. I didn’t see it coming today.”
McAdam, who is way down the list of goalies here, and Team Apps allowed just one regulation goal in the 2-1 loss to Team Horton, with him playing 20 minutes. The Pennsylvania native and 2013 third-round draft pick hopes to challenge for work with the Marlies.
“I want to set the bar high. If I’m given the chance I think I can perform at the (AHL) level.”
Martin Marincin scored for the Hortons with Mitch Marner and Travis Dermott helping to set up Pierre Engvall to tie it. The second of three days of scrimmage games and practices is Saturday.
ZETTERBERG AN ‘ELITE, ELITE PLAYER’
NIAGARA FALLS – This year was the 10th anniversary of Henrik Zetterberg winning the Conn Smythe Trophy for Mike Babcock’s Stanley Cup champion Red Wings.
That Zetterberg kept playing so long at such a high level was among the tributes his former coach mentioned Friday when official word came the captain’s well-documented degenerative back condition would force his retirement.
“I forget what year he hurt it, but it was quite awhile ago and he’s been able to train and find a way to fight through it,” Leaf coach Babcock said. “He’s got a young family (a three-year-old son), so we wish him nothing but success. (Detroit) will miss his drive, his leadership, his competitiveness and his professionalism. An elite, elite player.
“We learned a lot from him and he tried to share with the rest of the team. He’s been around good teams and did a lot of good things for the city of Detroit. Now he can enjoy his time in Sweden, enjoy his family.”
Leafs centre Auston Matthews, who hopes to be a captain some day, was glad he asked for a signed stick from Zetterberg last season, that has a place of honour at his residence. While with the U.S. development program in Michigan, Matthews saw a lot of the Wings, He said the game will miss the 37-year-old, but added “health comes first.”
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