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.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
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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
203 comments
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!!!

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.  

LeafsRyan
LeafsRyan

@Cameron19 Stastny this offseason (if they can unload Bozak) which might not be possible. I no stastny isn't the player he was a few years ago but put him in a new environment playing in a huge market with Phil Kessel in a historically higher scoring conference and I think we could see stastny back to his 70 + point days... But yeah it would be hard to move Bozak.

Cameron19
Cameron19

Also, I'm going to throw this out there: I think that the 1C we eventually get will be Ryan Getzlaf.  He may be 31 or 32 when we get him, but I think Anaheim will struggle with mediocrity, even in a watered down Western Conference, and eventually start a rebuild.  We will unload years of accumulated prospects and picks to make it happen. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

If you need cap space, you should move pieces you don't really NEED - not key pieces you want to haggle with:

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Reimer + Bozak to PHI for Couturier + Emery

Sign (Ontario Boy) Dan Girardi, 5 years, 20 million

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J.V.R. / Kadri / Kessel

Lupul / Bolland / Clarkson

Kulemin / Couturier / Raymond

Broll / McClement / Devane

(McLaren, Orr)

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Rielly / Phaneuf

Gardiner / Girardi

Gunnar / Franson

(Fraser)

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Bernier / Emery

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CAP HT: 69.7 million

CAP SPACE: Approx. 800K?

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Hope that Couturier can move into the top six and eventually be an upgrade on Bozak. 

Luke_R
Luke_R

Steve Dangle tweeted earier in the night that the reason Calgary may have been so bad is due to how horrendous Kipper was his last 2 years, especially last year... i dont know how their goalies are doing now (in perspective to kipper last year) but wonder if theres any truth to this

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

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?

newkb
newkb

Did Reimer's mother confirm any of that?

TOHockeyNut
TOHockeyNut

@CanuckUKinToronto That is a crazy tough stretch between Dec 7th and Dec 17th. We play 7 games in 11 days. 

7 - at Ottawa
8 - vs Boston
11 -vs LA
12 - at St Louis
14 - vs Chicago
16 - at Pittsburgh
17 - vs Florida 
 

A lot of tough opponents in there too, so we better rack up the points before this stretch.

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cameron19 He's the wrong centre for this team. This team is built around the speed of Kessel and he's the catalyst of how the team plays. 

I think he'd wouldn't be the best player for Kessel/JVR 

guest16
guest16

@lukethenuke they've play 4-5 games, thats your answer...MacDonald, short of a miraculous season, will not be able to keep them in the "hunt" for a full season..Love the flames but they're just not built for anything but less than mediocre

Cameron19
Cameron19

@lukethenuke There is some. He was especially bad last year, which is why I was so vehemently against the potential deadline deal, and probably why I started to doubt that Nonis really knew what he was doing. The year before he was decent though. BUT, Joey MacDonald was there last year too, and he didn't save them. 

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

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. 

Optimustic
Optimustic

@CanuckUKinToronto @Optimustic Once Clarkson and Kulemin are back, we'll be in good shape.  Fraser won't hurt either.  I agree about adding points early as it's always harder playing catch up, later.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@TheGroobster @Cameron19 lol, How is that unrealistic in the least? We overpay for a 3rd line center and sign one UFA. That would be the least dramatic summer we've had in ages. 

djamon
djamon

@guest16 Way WAY less.

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@Cameron19 @lukethenuke if i remember correctly, the leafs under Ron Wilson went 4-0 and 6-1 to start the season and we all know how that turned out. Too soon to really judge a team

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.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@wiski @Cameron19 @Xxxxxnew What does that have anything to do with Reimer though? What total ignorance to think that this somehow harms Reimer's value. Pretty sure teams are still going to want a guy with top 10 sv %. 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I actually like the fact we have the two of them.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Xxxxxnew Yep.  Funny how now that Bernier has played 3 games, Reimer is worthless, lol.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Reims is also a young guy who could grow with Philly. The makeup of that team looks like it's gone off the rails to me. Reims would be a good piece if they decide to do a reboot without Homer.

guest16
guest16

@djamon yup, lottery pick territory....which is exactly what they need, draft ekblad or reinhart

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan @Cameron19 @lukethenuke Dean Lombardi said that he originally started talking with Nonis in January about dealing Bernier. He was going to do the trade but changed his mind do to quick's injury potential or something along those lines. That being said, maybe Nonis all year knew he was going to get Bernier when the year was done so he was looking to bring in Kipper, trade Reimer for a valuable piece after the playoffs with his value being high last year. And bring in Bernier as the starter with Kipper as a veteran backup.