Ashton getting what he can out of NHL experience

- April 3rd, 2012

BUFFALO — One can only hope that the Maple Leafs’ youngsters get some mental toughness out of the experience that has been the fall from playoff contention.
That’s the way forward Carter Ashton, one of a handful of Leafs who will join the Marlies for the playoffs, is looking at it.
“It’s not an ideal situation, but I’m trying to learn as much as I can and go day by day,” Ashton said. “I just want to take in as much as I can.”
Ashton said he has leaned a bit on his dad, Brent, who played for nine teams in 14 NHL seasons.
“He knows what it is like, but he knows it’s my career and he takes a step back,” Ashton said. “He has been a help.”
Heading into the Leafs’ game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center on Tuesday night, Ashton still was trying to find the scoreboard for the first time. He had no points in 13 games, averaging 10 minutes 56 seconds, and was minus-10.
Ashton, Matt Frattin, Jay Rosehill, Jake Gardiner and Ben Scrivens are eligible to play for the Marlies in the post-season and it’s expected all will be sent down for the playoff run.

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