They are an odd group, your Toronto Marlies.
They are young but play like veterans. The Marlies have won five of six American Hockey League playoff games.
Nazem Kadri is 21 years old. He has played 50 NHL games.
Jake Gardiner turns 22 on July 4th. He played 75 Leafs games this season.
Matt Frattin is 24. He played 57 NHL games and has scored 18 goals in 29 Marlie playoff and regular season games.
“We feel a part of something big,” said Kadri. “We’re all about the same age, we have the same interests. What happens next year isn’t up to us but it’s a good feeling to know that we’re making this run together. “
In the latest version of Ulmerstandings, I go by the numbers to compare the Marlies and the Abbotsford Heat as well as the Marlies playoff teams in 2008, 2009 and this year’s club.