Maple Leafs Top 20 Prospects, #9-12: Fall 2008

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    #9 – RW Jimmy Hayes, 18, Boston College (NCAA)

    Drafted: 2nd round, 60th overall in 2008

    Strengths: Superb size and strength (6’5 210 lbs). Good skater for a player his size. High end offensive talent with quick hands around the net. Can be a very intimidating presence along the boards and in front of the net. Tons and tons and tons of potential.

    Weaknesses: His skills don’t always translate to numbers on the scoresheet. Can be very inconsistent and prone to long scoring droughts. Doesn’t use his size effectively at all times, does not look play a very physical game.

    In a Perfect World, He Becomes: A top six power forward and 25-30 goal scorer with the potential for much more, but the chance of bust is very high. More skiled Dustin Penner.

    #10 – C Chris Didomenico, 19, Saint John’s Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

    Drafted: 6th round, 164th overall in 2007

    Strengths: Well rounded two-way player. Tenacious, physical and posssesses a mean streak. Leadership potential. Dangerous offensive skills with good hockey sense and playmaking ability.

    Weaknesses: Is not a very good skater, but is improving. Below average size. Poor on faceoffs. Can let emotions get out of control and take dumb penalties.

    In a Perfect World, He Becomes: A second line centre, or third line centre with above average offensive talent. 50-60 point scorer and multi-purpose player that will also see PK time. Slower Mike Fisher but with more natural scoring ability.

    #11 – RW Dale Mitchell, 19, Windsor Spitfires (OHL)

    Drafted: 3rd round, 74th overall in 2007

    Strengths: Good speed and offensive talent. Has a good shot, and a goal scorer’s knack of getting in the right place at the right time. Very strong on his skates and tough to knock off the puck. Hard working player who does not avoid the physical game.

    Weaknesses: Lack of size at just 5’8. If Mitchell had about 5 more inches, he’d arguably be Toronto’s top forward prospect. Also a disappointing ’07-’08 campaign in the OHL may be cause for concern.

    In a Perfect World, He Becomes: Either a second line 25+ goal sniper, or a valuable and industrious third line player with scoring ability. Brian Gionta.

    #12 – C Tyler Ruegsegger, 20, University of Denver (NCAA)

    Drafted: 6th round, 166th overall in 2006

    Strengths: Plenty of offensive talent and potential. Good stickhandling ability and a scorer’s touch around the net. Very smart player and playmaker. Sound all-around game and two-way ability. Very competitive with Leadership potential.

    Weaknesses: A bit on the small side with below average skating. Can be inconsistent and struggled with a poor injury-filled sophomore campaign.

    In a Perfect World, He Becomes: A second line centre, or offensive third line centre. Multi-purpose forward that can play the PK and put up 40-50 points. More skilled Matt Stajan.

     

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    Alex Tran

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