Leafs Prospect Update – October 11

Leafs Prospect Update – October 11

You’ve got to love the sight of the NHL standings this Friday evening, but the top of the OHL player scoring table is looking pretty Leafy as well in the early season.

Connor Brown, 6th round pick in 2012, and Carter Verhaeghe, 3rd round pick in the 2013 draft, are off to boiling hot starts for Erie and Niagara respectively. After Friday night’s games, Connor Brown took over the OHL scoring lead with a three-assist performance against Kitchener.

If you’ve been reading MLHS, you can’t say you weren’t given the heads up:

Jim Hughes: The second guy you need to keep an eye on is Connor Brown, who is top 2 or 3 in OHL scoring and should have a huge year. He worked extremely hard with Barbara Underhill and Anthony Belza (strength and conditioning coach). He should have a huge year in the OHL.

Thirdly, there’s Carter Verhaeghe, who is playing in Niagara. He’s a lot like Josh Leivo at the same age. Carter’s not strong yet, but he will be. He’s wired just like Josh; he’s got quick thoughts, he’s got high-end skill sets, he’s got great hockey sense, great playmaking ability, and he understands the game. He should have a huge year in Niagara, and he will have a huge year in Niagara. He’s going to play in all situations, as well as Connor Brown.

Verhaeghe is in his third OHL season, but will remain 18 years old almost until the beginning of the 2014-15 OHL season. He’s still pretty gangly, but the center has solid size potential at 6’1. This is a kid the Leafs are allowing a 48-month development window and they seem pretty excited about what could be there at the end of it.

In a 7-1 blowout of Owen Sound on Thursday night, Verhaeghe put up two goals and three assists in what has to be at least worthy of a Joe Thornton half-stroke. Verhaeghe didn’t just pile on the points in garbage time either, opening the scoring with the 1-0 and 2-0 goals and assisting on the 3-0 marker.

Verhaeghe has been centering Niagara’s top line next to Brendan Perlini, a top prospect for the 2014 draft and son of former Leaf Fred Perlini. Along with 2014-eligible Anthony DiFruscia, it’s a young line comprised of a 17-year-old and two 18-year-olds, and is currently ripping up the Ontario Hockey League through 8 games; Perlini is second in OHL scoring, with Verhaeghe just one point behind.

Captain of the Otters, winger Connor Brown, now in his +2 season, notched four points (2g, 2a) in Erie’s home opener on October 5. He had a five point game a few nights earlier against Sarnia (1g, 4a). His three points against Kitchener on Friday vaulted him to the top of OHL scoring for the time being.

More on Connor from our earlier interview with Hughes in the summer:

Connor will go back to Erie. He’s another guy who is skilled. He’s got some slippery speed and some soft hands. He loves the game. He has the ability to make offensive plays. I’m sure he’ll play with McDavid again this year. His situation is that we just got to be patient with him and let him continue to get stronger and continue to grow. He’s really young. If we can put 5 pounds on him this year, 5 pounds on him next year; once this guy becomes a man, he’s going to be very effective. We just need to allow him to go play junior hockey and have another great season and see where his progression is and figure out what the next step would be for him. Would it be an AHL season after that, or would it be an overage year with McDavid? We’ll see how that plays out. As you mentioned, both Leivo and Brown have some upside offensively and they’re both working really hard again this summer.

In other notable Friday night performances, Ryan Rupert of the London Knights scored a goal and three assists in a blowout over Belleville. Fabrice Herzog scored for the Quebec Remparts, his 6th goal in his first 11 games in his first QMJHL season.

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Forwards

NAMEHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEBIRTH PLACETEAMGPGAPts
TYLER BIGGS6' 2"20521BINGHAMTON, NY, USAMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
57
2
7
0
2
0
9
0
CONNOR BROWN5' 11"16020TORONTO, ON, CANErie (OHL)
Playoffs (OHL)
68
14
45
8
83
10
128
18
TONY CAMERANESI5' 9"16220MAPLE GROVE, MN, USAU of Duluth (NCAA)3671421
SAM CARRICK6' 0"18822MARKHAM, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
62
9
14
5
21
3
35
8
BRANDON KOZUN5'8"18024LOS ANGELES, CA, USAManchester (AHL)
Marlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
43
32
9
10
7
4
19
10
2
29
17
6
JERRY D'AMIGO5' 11"20823BINGHAMTON, NY, USAMarlies (AHL)
Maple Leafs (NHL)
Playoffs (NHL)
51
21
9
20
1
5
13
2
8
33
3
13
JAMIE DEVANE6' 5"21723MISSISAUGA, ON, CANLeafs (NHL)
Marlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
1
55
2
0
4
0
0
4
0
0
8
0
FREDERIK GAUTHIER6' 5"21419ST-LIN, QC, CANRimouski (QMJHL)
Canada (WJC)
Playoffs (QMJHL)
54
7
11
18
0
3
34
1
6
52
1
9
FABRICE HERZOG6' 2"17619FRAUENFELD, CHEQuebec (QMJHL)
Switzerland (WJC)
Playoffs (QMJHL)
61
5
5
32
3
3
26
0
2
58
3
5
GREG MCKEGG6' 0"19121ST. THOMAS, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Maple Leafs (NHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
65
1
9
19

3
28

3
47
0
6
BRAD ROSS6' 0"17522EDMONTON, AB, CANMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
53
4
6
0
4
0
10
0
RYAN RUPERT5' 8"18619GRAND BEND, ON, CANLondon (OHL)
Playoffs (OHL)
68
9
21
3
52
7
73
10
KENNY RYAN6' 0"20422FRANKLIN VILLAGE, MI, USAMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
50
9
5
1
11
3
16
4
DOMINIC TONINATO6' 1"16520DULUTH, MN, USAU of Duluth (NCAA)357815
JOSH LEIVO6'2"19521INSIFIL, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Leafs (NHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
59
7
9
23
1
3
19
1
5
42
2
8
DAVID BROLL6'3"23520MISSISSAUGA, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Leafs (NHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
63
5
4
313
1
16
1
0
CARTER VERHAEGHE6' 1"18118TORONTO, ON, CANNiagara (OHL)
Playoffs (OHL)
65
6
28
2
54
2
82
4
ANDREAS JOHNSON5'10"17218GAVLE, SWEFrolunda (SHL)
Playoffs (SHL)
44
7
15
1
9
0
24
1

Defencemen

NAMEHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEBIRTH PLACETEAMGPGAPTS
ANDREW MACWILLIAM6'2"22624CALGARY, AB, CANMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
57
4
99
0
MAX EVERSON6' 1"18421EDINA, MN, USAHarvard U (NCAA)2366
MATTHEW FINN6' 0"19919TORONTO, ON, CANGuelph (OHL)
Playoffs (OHL)
66
20
14
5
47
9
61
14
PETTER GRANBERG6' 3"20021GALLIVARE, SWEMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
73
9
25
1
7
1
ERIC KNODEL6' 6"21623WEST CHESTER, PA, USAU of New Hampshire (NCAA)
Marlies (AHL)
36

9
7

0
19

2
26

2
VIKTOR LOOV6' 1"18720SODERTALJE, SWEModo (SHL)
Playoffs (SHL)
42
2
5
0
7
0
12
0
TOM NILSSON6' 0"17620MORA, SWEFrolunda (SHL)
Playoffs (SHL)
50
7
2
0
2
0
4
0
STUART PERCY6' 1"18721OAKVILLE, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Playoffs (AHL)
71
9
4
0
21
2
25
2
ZACHARY YUEN6' 0"19621VANCOUVER, BC, CANOrlando (ECHL)
Marlies (AHL)
48
3
1
0
11
0
12
0

Goalies

NAMEHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEBIRTH PLACETeamRecordGAASV%SO
ANTOINE BIBEAU6' 3"20720VICTORIAVILLE, QC, CANCharlottetown
Val d-Or (QMJHL)
Playoffs (QMJHL)
8-11-5
13-8-1
16-8
3.29
3.03
3.17
.911
.900
.913
1
1
1
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON6' 1"18821KARKKILA, FINMarlies (AHL)
Orlando (ECHL)
Playoffs (ECHL)
5-6-0
8-9-2
1-1
2.44
3.16
1.94
.916
.892
.951
GARRET SPARKS6' 2"20020ELMHURST, IL, USAMarlies (AHL)
Orlando (ECHL)
11-6-1
4-6-1
2.63
2.82
.915
.916
-
1
276 comments
CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto


Compared to the first 5 games last year:

We are 4-1 vs 2-3 (and getting spanked 7-4 by Isles and 5-2 by Pens).. so better than our playoff start of last year.

We have allowed a lot more shots- by the whole league has.. we have allowed 174 vs 148.  But with improved goaltending, we have a 942 vs 885 save %..

Doorman
Doorman

Im celebrating Thanksgiving today:  Got a 19 lb Butterball ready to go!!!  That way I will have a couple of days off to Pig Out!!!  Lol

Doorman
Doorman

So who gets the start tonight???  I guess berni with the shutout to work with.  Cant complain though!!!

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

Where did everyone go?  Logging off soon to start to do things. laptop battery almost dead.. 

Tonight-  4-3 Leafs.  


TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Three Topics that I read that made me shake my head this morning.

1) A chick on CNN that had an opinion piece on why women would be able to solve the current debt lockdown in the USA better because women deal with each other in a better manner.  

2) Colorado mayor who suggest its should be a $999 fine or 1 year in jail if a neighbor can smell your marijuana smoke coming from your private residence.

3) the person who claimed the name "Snowbirds" is a violation of Language Laws in Canada and should be changed immediately.

And we are only at 820 am.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

So I did a quick peek at Reimer's first 66 games compared to Bernier who has played 66 career games now.  Bernier is actually slightly older than Reimer but got less game action due to playing behind Quick. Reimer also faced a lot more shots due to the porous defense (and maybe a bit of rebound issues?? not sure on the last point but still) So Reimer got more experience there however maybe also a bit of sunburnt neck vs Bernier

Comparisons

GP-  66

GAA- Reimer 2.82   Bernier  2.27

Save %  - Reimer 911%   Bernier 917%  

Goals against-  174 vs 139

Shots againts- Reimer  1955  Bernier 1669

Games allowing 4 goals or more  Reimer 18   Bernier 12 (but only 3 in the last 2 years). 



TuckerForPunishment
TuckerForPunishment

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray Bernier my soul to keep.


Good Morning and Goodnight.

See ya's all this afternoon.

daniel marois
daniel marois

Guys.  I am not looking to give up on our prospects.  But - if both Verhaeghe and Carter Brown keep up this pace over the course of the season, they become great bargaining chips when looking to make a bigger trade.  IF TOR at some point in the season decides to trade either Gardiner or Reimer to bring in an established young NHLer at centre/wing (looking at you Yakupov) or defence, then adding one of Verhaeghe or Brown makes it possible.  

Again, not looking to dump these kids right away - but this is what happens when trades are made.

I remember when Gilmour was dealt to NJ and Toronto received Alyn McCauley as the centre piece coming back.  He was coming off as the CHL Player of the Year and top scorer in the OHL.  He would come no where close to that play in the NHL, but NJ sold the hope of this potential when they made the trade.  

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

i am reading the news this morning from around north america and I am pretty sure I need to find a distant planet to move to so I can avoid the incoming demise of this one.

Ps.  It should be able to get Leafs Tv/Tsn/CBC/Sportsnet

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Doorman  makes sense..  Going to sister's family tomorrow and parents there.. so we do not get the leftovers.. First thanksgiving celebration with family in 20 yrs

Mitch92
Mitch92

@Doorman Starting Riems tonight would be suicidal!  Stay with the hot hand.  The team has had a couple of days rest so give Bernier the much deserved start. Bernier should have a good book on the Oilers as he came from the west.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Doorman Win and your in..... that's what Carlyle says so lets see if he's a bullshitter or not lol

Shafty
Shafty

@TheCanucksnaphook The blogger got carved for suggesting this trade. The Oil fans are delusional, suggesting Gardiner is junk and proposing Eberle for Rielly +...lol

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@TheCanucksnaphook  

Point 1)  tell that to my 2 daughters who went to an all girls school.. I think having boys/men is the same as fighting in hockey debate.. we have enforcers to keep things civil... woman do not have that deterrent so can go all at it

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@CanuckUKinToronto So in real numbers Reimer has allowed 35 more goals on 286 more shots. That works out to allowing 1 more goal about every 8 games.

daniel marois
daniel marois

@TheCanucksnaphook 

Since I can't open any Star articles - damn u digital access! Any idea who he speculated what or who Toronto was targeting in return?

Doorman
Doorman

@CanuckUKinToronto @Doorman Real Food!!!   I remember cooking up a turkey one year when I was in Germany.    My German friends loved it!  Good times lol

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Burtonboy @Doorman  One thing is for sure, management were 100% correct in saying bringing in Bernier would create a healthy competition in net pushing each other.  Bernier has been more than motivated to become a starting goalie. Now that Reimer has seen Bernier play like that, he knows he has to be at his best.  Not the same as having Scrivens or Gus pushing Reims and vice versa.  We are a much better club because of it... and do have additional increased trade value assets because of it.. Mgmt are very intelligent and calculating in their steps to improve the club

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@Shafty I also enjoyed the comments.  I know its an opinion piece but figured I would share it anyways.  I think that idiot macT is going to make a foolish trade soon, and Id like to be the team that takes advantage of him.

CanuckUKinToronto
CanuckUKinToronto

@Shift_Disturber1 @CanuckUKinToronto  yes.. or just look at GAA .. he is .55 GAA per game actually.. but averaged on the same shots you are correct.. But I think the biggest is the amount of times allowing more than 3 goals per game (ie. keeping your team in a game or not).. Reality is Bernier has only done that 3 times over the last 2 seasons and 4 games... Reimer has allowed that (once this year in 2 starts) 11 times last year (in his best season!) 

daniel marois
daniel marois

@-Keon- 

Not saying Yakupov is who the Leafs would want - just threw his name as he seems to be in Eakins doghouse and a former #1-overall pick.  But can't deny his elite potential. 

Shafty
Shafty

@Jay_Berg We're not Oilers, we wouldn't give himr 6/year. Championship teams have guys like Clarkson on the third line.

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

Then we pay Clarkson to be checker? We will never afford to re-up Yakupov.

Shafty
Shafty

@Jay_Berg Pretty interesting 2nd line winger imo. Kads, Lups and Yak?

Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

It's a fun thought except where would Yak fit into our lineup?

I'd only acquire him if we could then flip him, package him to get an elite shutdown defenseman.

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@-Keon- I wish the people of India safety, and the best of luck dealing with this monster.  But when the planet is cranky, it sure is impressive.