Leafs Prospect Camp Notes – Day 3

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Photo: Toronto Sun

Back at the rink bright and early….thanks to Google maps for navigating me around the massive traffic congestion on the QEW this morning.  How do people do that on a daily basis?  So wrong.

On the ice it was Blue vs. White again with invitee goaltenders Charlie Millen and Christopher Gibson in net for the first period. Again, not a lot of scoring but lots of smart defensive plays (code for “I am not making a mistake in this limited opportunity”).    Invitee Matt Bellerive opened the scoring after some pressure and it’s 1-0 again for the Blue team.  Matt played for Red Deer Rebels, he had  15 goals/36 pts and looks to be just starting to find his offensive flare.  More hitting to close out the first, with Broll and Biggs doing the most of it.

Onto the second period, where the goalies were changed this time it was Garret Sparks vs. Antoine Bibeau.  The game was tied 1-1 on a nice goal by Carter Verhaeghe (Waterdown Ontario Birthplace/Niagara Icedogs).  Tyler Biggs helped make this goal possible with the entire line contributing to keeping the puck alive in the scoring zone (CORSI ratings to follow).  Victor Loov was awarded a penalty shot,  which is a replacement for serving penalty in these scrimmages.  Loov faked a slapper and then beat Sparks to retake the lead 2-1 (sorry for the upside down video on twitter).  Loov wasn’t shy about hitting anything that moved during the two days of Camp.  I would suggest that he was one of the surprises today at the MCC.

Carter Verhaeghe tied the game back up at 2-2 with his second of the scrimmage.  Game set and match after a bunch of shootout attempts.

There weren’t any names that stood out in Game #2 with the exception of Carter Verhaeghe and the improved play of Tyler Biggs.  Not sure who talked to Tyler after the 1st scrimmage (probably nobody), but he was much better playing a physical game, working well with the puck and effectively killing PK minutes in the “overtime” frame.

I got to talk to a couple of “inside” people who asked not to be named regarding some of the young Leafs.  First, the discussion of players who have impressed as of late.  The name that was mentioned was Josh Leivo.  He has Leafs brass VERY impressed with his skating improvements, size and ability to finish.  Frederik Gauthier was the second name that was given to me and again, the Leafs are extremely excited to see how well he can progress.  Watching him skate the last two days showed me he has speed, good on-ice awareness and he isn’t shy to go to the net.

It was great being down at the MCC again today and  around Leafs hockey. Hope you enjoyed my two days of ramblings.

See you at the Rookie Camp.

  • Pent_House

    Good job CSH

  • darthNihilus

    Thanks for everything

  • GeorgeCastanza

    thanks phooky

  • ErikGruber

    Awesome. Also after seeing Gauthier’s footage from the WJC I am excited and hopeful to see him develop into a top 3rd/2nd line center.

    • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

      ErikGruber http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIXVYlIAraA

      • ErikGruber

        DeclanK Oh yeah, it was the U18’s. My bad.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Wendel Clark and David Clarkson – July 11, 2013
    http://mapleleafshotstove.com/video/wendel-clark-and-david-clarkson/

  • Mind Bomb

    TheCanucksnaphook I just notice this Phook in the upper right corner
    Edited by a Moderator just now
    Christ you are moving up, you have Editors Now!!!!

    :)

    • Mind Bomb

      TheCanucksnaphook Mind Bomb hahhahha

  • WendelGilmour

    Thanks, phook. Well done, once again. Interesting the note about Leivo, I am hearing his name more and more on MSM. Fathead has been trumpeting him for a year.

    • WendelGilmour

      Considering where he was drafted looks like maybe we got a gem.

      • playoff nut

        TheCanucksnaphook WendelGilmour Im clickin on the like button more then ever before ,WTF lol Its great to hear ok Breath

    • Mind Bomb

      TheCanucksnaphook WendelGilmour  Now we need to see those 4 against men. Maybe at the Rookie Tourney

  • Reimocerous

    Great stuff Phook! Love reading this stuff from you.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Great insight Phook.

  • vji67

    Kovalchuk retires??? http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=427507

  • mapleaf13

    Love me some summer Leafs reading, thanks big guy!
    Did you get the feeling that any of the rookies looked like they currently belong or are ready for the NHL? From the sounds of things I think Rielly sounds ready offensively but needs to bulk up to be ready (especially given that he’s a defenceman).  Does Grannberg look ready for some 3rd pairing minutes?

    • mapleaf13

      TheCanucksnaphook how are Broll and Grannberg’s skating skills right now?

      • Pent_House

        mapleaf13 TheCanucksnaphook Broll is good skater for a man his size. Gets around the ice great.

    • Bobsyouruncle

      mapleaf13 Apparently they’re all ready for the NHL this week because they really look good at prospects camp. But when training camp rolls around and people start saying,”shit, I really thought that guy would have made the team”, they might stop and think about who the competition is out there today. Raw prospects all of them. Don’t hold your breath.

      • Jantz

        Living the dream right now, no need to be rational…… At least till camp starts.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          Jantz I have no use for irrational exuberance….. unless there’s money to be made.  : )

        • Xxxxxnew

          Sondre Olden was a star at this camp.

  • mcloki

    TheCanucksnaphook Crazy, just heard.

    • mapleaf13

      mcloki TheCanucksnaphook sounds like he’s going to the KHL.  I read “retired from the NHL”.

    • Mind Bomb

      mcloki TheCanucksnaphook OMG does Jersey take the Cap penalty ?

      • vji67

        Mind Bomb mcloki TheCanucksnaphook Sorta, but not really… http://www.capgeek.com/recapture-calculator/?contract_id=2795&player_id=339&recapture_submit=set&retirement_year=2013&trade=0&acquiring_team=6&in_season_trade=-1&in_season_traded_year=2012&season_percentage=1&off_season_traded_year=2013

      • Mind Bomb

        vji67 Mind Bomb mcloki TheCanucksnaphook  Thanks VJ leaving work at 4 I will look at this when I get home

      • vji67

        Mind Bomb vji67 mcloki TheCanucksnaphook No prob–essentially NJ will be fined $250K but that number would have exponentially grown each additional year he played. This seems terrible for NJ, but I think there were some strings being pulled behind the scenes to make this happen now rather than 4 years from now. A $250K penalty is nothing.

  • vji67

    NJD would face only $250K “recapture” penalty for his early retirement. That’s kind of BS considering the absurd contract they signed him to…

  • 2minutes

    Lol and everybody was so upset that the Leafs didn’t go hard for him. That old Russian stigma is going to be pretty hard to lose with Burmistrov heading to KHL and Kovi leaving the NHL so early.

  • mcloki

    TheCanucksnaphook the proof is in the pudding. Why draft a Russian now. And you just know that Ilya is going to be a star in the KHL. Give it 5 more years and the KHL is going to start to drain stars from North American hockey.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Hey Phook – great work as always as our full time reporter  It’s too bad your part time job Fireman’s job interferes with your reporting.
    I’ve seen Broll’s height published as 6’1″ somewhere today and on Hockeydb he shows as as 6’3″. Obviously he’s a around 230 lbs, but any sense of his real size?  When I saw him in London earlier this year, I got the sense he was around 6’2″ but not quite Lucic size.  Same question with Biggs.

    • Pent_House

      Knights2Leafs he’s 6’2.5 I believe.

  • Tommy Cat

    “I got to talk to a couple of “inside” people who asked not to be named”
    Holy shit!!  Phook is really Eklund!!!

  • mcloki

    And what an indictment of New Jersey. “You couldn’t pay me 77 million dollars to live there”.

  • playoff nut

    TheCanucksnaphookWTF Kovalchuk played 11 seasons in the NHL, including the last four with New
    Jersey. He retires with career NHL totals of 417 goals and 399 assists
    for 816 points with 516 penalty minutes in 816 games. Now how/ whered that 11 seasons go ,Time flys

  • Pent_House

    Here comes the Russian hate lmao

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Looks like NJ wants McDavid

  • Burtonboy

    Thanks phook . Good stuff sport

  • LeafsForLife

    Great job! Its exciting to read about our prospects impressing and becoming potential stars. Looking forward to Rookie Camp and Training Camp.
    Go Leafs Go!!!

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m trying to keep my enthusiasm in check after being wowed by Sondre Olden a few years ago.

  • Area49th

    Ilya Kovalchuk retires from NHL after 11 seasons. The 30-year-old had 417 goals in 11 seasons & has 12 yrs/$77 million remaining on contract

    • Pent_House

      Area49th So how much did he make off the monster contract? 20 odd million?

      • leafmealone

        Pent_House Area49th Not sure. I know there was a huge set of bonuses that he was paid, so that’s why there’s not really a cap recapture penalty. The truly hilarious thing here, is that the team is going to be terrible next year, and it’s the year they’re going to have to forfeit their draft pick cause they’ve run out of time on the option to delay. Should have forfeited the one they had after getting to the SCF. Uncle Lou doesn’t get ’em all right.

        • Pent_House

          leafmealone Pent_House Area49th Well it wasn’t about the money if he left 77 Mill on the table.

        • leafmealone

          Pent_House leafmealone Area49th He’ll get whatever he would’ve earned is NJ in the KHL no problem. And he’ll have it all tax free.

        • Pent_House

          leafmealone Pent_House Area49th They still have a federal tax in Russia, the no tax thing is just local tax, and they make up a lot of that through property tax.

  • leafmealone

    -Keon- I could see NJ using that $ to sign Grabo.

    • ErikGruber

      leafmealone -Keon- Lou made Kovi an offer he couldn’t refuse. 😉

  • wiski

    I was wondering where the fuck everyone was lol

    • leafmealone

      wiski Catching up on everything we’ve let slide since draft/free agency?

      • wiski

        leafmealone wiski I was sitting in the other thread when the Kovi news broke and nothing. lol

        • leafmealone

          wiski leafmealone Yeah, that would be a serious red flag to me. No way MLHS would go mum on something like that. lol

    • wiski

      canuckintheuk wiski so you’ll be canuckinT.O then

      • Jantz

        Nah……. Gotta keep it.

  • Zep2

    It looks like the NJD will be have the inside track on the MacDavid derby

    • leafmealone

      Zep2 They have to forfeit their pick this year, no more delaying allowed.

      • Zep2

        leafmealone Zep2 Is this MacDavids draft  next year or does he go in  2015

        • Pent_House

          Zep2 leafmealone the draft after the next one.

    • Xxxxxnew

      They have to wait two years. Kid just turned 16 this year.

  • Jantz

    Thanks for the write up Phook. Nice of you to get some inside scoop from Leaf brass.
    Great to hear that Biggs bounced back but I more hap

    • Jantz

      Fuckin iPhone.
      Great to hear Biggs bounced back but I’m more happy to hear about Loov and Carter V having standout performances. With this being Biggs third prospect camp , he has a a leg up on a lot of these kids especially the 18 year olds. Looks like our top three prospects are Rielly, Leivo and Granberg as this camp comes to a close.

  • Zep2

    The hilites of Gauthier at the U-18 is impressive. Pretty good wheels and hands and nose for the net.

  • B_Leaf

    Hey Phook
    Great job…Isn’t there one more day of scrimmages tomorrow?

  • Burtonboy

    https://twitter.com/dchesnokov
    Source close to Kovalchuk said he saw it coming. Most likely Kovalchuk will play for SKA. I am told major announcement will come very soon.

    • leafmealone

      Burtonboy He’s put in his time playing for a crap team in Atlanta. He wanted to win a Cup and NJ is going to be rebuilding for at least a few years now it looks like. Maybe he comes back at some point when they’re competitive again?

    • Dink

      Burtonboy playing over there during the strike got him homesick I reckon
      It is still an amazing event…

  • Xxxxxnew

    Kovi would have taken home $11 million per over the next four seasons and $10 mil the year after that.

    • B_Leaf

      canuckintheuk Xxxxxnew 
      And all of a sudden the NHL cap will go up with improved revenue

      • Xxxxxnew

        I’m just thinking about all the restructuring/guys they had to let go because of that salary.

    • Pent_House

      canuckintheuk Xxxxxnew There’s tax in Russia

      • wiski

        Pent_House canuckintheuk Xxxxxnew Vodka tax lol

    • wiski

      canuckintheuk Xxxxxnew Can he play in Russia?

      • Xxxxxnew

        Contract was just declared void by the NHL. Don’t know why not. He played with St. Petersberg in the fall.

      • wiski

        Xxxxxnew thought there was an agreement about poaching star players from each other.

      • Xxxxxnew

        He’s not an NHLer anymore. Russian citizen.

  • B_Leaf

    Just an observation on Leivo, I saw him play for the Marlies a couple of games this spring. In the games I saw the Marlies had several of there young guys dressed playing decent minutes. It was just before the playoffs. Without a doubt Leivo stood out as the most NHL ready. 
    Broll didn’t play many minutes but I noticed him when he got a chance.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Per CapGeek, Kovalchuk’s early retirement will leave the Devils with an annual $250,000 cap recapture penalty through 2024-25, the last season of his contract.

    • wiski

      Xxxxxnew So Lulongo retires next?

      • Area49th

        wiski Xxxxxnew Be worth it to see Gillis’ face

        • Xxxxxnew

          From his tweets it looks like Lou still wants to be an NHL goalie. Not sure the Euro option is appealing to him, unless the KHL gets a Florida franchise.

        • Jantz

          Lol. Maybe it will be Sochi with thei palm trees and 16C temperatures from last Feb. Wouldn’t want to be part of the snow crew trying to out match Mother Nature.

        • Area49th

          Jantz Here in Vancouver, the Olympics was a nightmare for snow crews, it was being brought in

        • Jantz

          I remember lol. It could be a lot worse in Sochi. Still can’t believe it is 1600 kms south of Moscow.I ‘m no geography major but being closer to Turkey doesn’t seem like the right place to host the Winter Olympics.

  • Dink

    When is rookie camp?

  • Area49th

    Dan Rosen ‏@drosennhl https://twitter.com/drosennhl/status/355424389401034753
    Lamoriello says Kovalchuk’s contract is now void. He has signed the appropriate paperwork.

    • Black_Hawk

      Area49th really? does he come back next year just to avoid the penalty?

      • Xxxxxnew

        NHL says in order for Kovi to come back it would require approval from every NHL team. I have a feeling a few would object.

  • Dink

    Kenny Daneyko must be shitting himself about whats going on in New Jersy

  • CallumConnorKnight

    Kovy gone .. that had to of been a tough call for him.. hope  he enjoys his time in Russia.

    • wiski

      CallumConnorKnight Lou’s mafia knee breakers talked him into it 😉

    • The_Polish_Cannon

      CallumConnorKnight 20 million a season to play at home isn’t a tough decision lol

  • Dink

    I bet Lou has Grabos # on speed dial

    • Xxxxxnew

      Maybe Grabs Kovi on his new team.

    • Xxxxxnew

      It’s funny, Grabbo’s cap hit is only a million less than Kovi’s.

      • Xxxxxnew

        Before his buyout, that is.

      • Xxxxxnew

        Bad contract because the cap went down, wouldn’t have been that bad if it was a normal year and the cap had gone up again to around $70 mil.

  • wiski

    Good stuff snap, time to quit the day job. 😉

  • CallumConnorKnight

    New Jersey re-signed Cam Janssen to “persuade” Kovalchuk to abandon his salary here and play in Russia. Lou probably could not spend 550k more soundly.

  • Faalcon

    It is kind of sad to see Kovy retire so suddenly. It is a challenge for Lou too. I am sure Lou will manage.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/mirtlehttps://twitter.com/mirtle/status/355430627245436929
    Clarkson said today he went to Shanahan’s hockey school growing up: “Shanny would kill me for telling you this.”

  • Xxxxxnew

    NYP_Brooksie: Source tells Post that NHL will not attempt to prevent Kovalchuk from playing in KHL. NHL return would have to be approved by every team.

  • Xxxxxnew

    TSNBobMcKenzie: 1. Mutual (player and club agree) termination of an NHL contract not that unusual but usually involves lower-profile players.
    TSNBobMcKenzie: 2. If NJ had so chosen, it could’ve blocked Kovalchuk from the KHL by tolling contract. But NJ isn’t doing that, he’s free to go to KHL.

    • Black_Hawk

      Xxxxxnew does it relieve them of there cap penalty b/c of him?

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/simmonsstevehttps://twitter.com/simmonssteve/status/355431276183953409
    Tim Leiweke, new chief of MLSE, desperately wanted and pushed hard for Ilya Kovalchuk to sign with Los Angeles Kings.

    • Xxxxxnew

      Oh, god ….. He’s a sizzle guy. I want a steak guy.

      • Jantz

        Bang on bud…. As long as Nono has final say it hopefully won’t bite us.

        • Bobsyouruncle

          Jantz Nono is a puppet at this point.

        • Jantz

          Bobsyouruncle Jantz I don’t agree and if he is then he will be looking for another job. IMO

        • Bobsyouruncle

          Jantz Bobsyouruncle Doesn’t matter if you or I agree. It’s the truth at this point.

    • Pent_House

      wiski Why wouldn’t he, Kovalchuk is a super-star player and elite goal scorer.

      • peterbleafs

        Pent_House wiski He is a great regular season guy and a loser in the playoffs.  Good riddance to him from the NHL.

        • Pent_House

          peterbleafs Pent_House wiski Last time he was in the play-offs his team went to the SC final and he got 19 points in 23 games. He’s got 27 career points in 32 career play-off games, far from a loser. He plays 20 minutes a night as a forward and plays in all situations….If you think he’s not a great player…then I don’t know what to say.

  • Claymish

    Penalty plus/minus…actually one of the useful statistics. If a player draws more penalties than they take combined with the teams PP%, you can quantify how much goals they are responsible for the team. Check out this link
    http://www.thescore.com/nhl/articles/1232362-examining-penalty-plus-minus-in-the-nhl

    • mcloki

      Claymish Brilliant I had Kadri drawing 10 penalties last year. The guy is a beauty

  • Xxxxxnew

    Kovi should get a little trophy for ending his career with a tidy stat of 816 points in 816 games.

  • Pent_House

    McCowan is so dumb, talking like the russian general population wanted to bomb the West. It was the communists, who were jewish. What an idiot.

    • jimmyg65

      Pent_House I didn’t realize Stalin, Breshnev and the rest of them were Jewish…