Leafs Prospect Update – October 11

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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
  • mlclearwater

    sweet, good job. excited tony camaranesi and dominic Toninanto play this year too

  • hometeem

    thanx again mlhs

  • guest16

    mlclearwaterlooks like Toninato had 2 goals in an exhibition game, Cam wasn’t playing
    http://www.d.umn.edu/athletic/m-hockey/2013-14_Stats/HTML/umdmh00.htm

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Nice to see the patience and concern with properly developing these kids.  Lots of potential.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Thomas Greiss’ mask from Yotes.
    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/1922ci0sz8g9njpg/original.jpg

  • DumbFisherman

    The Leafs are looking good, I think Josh Leivo has the makngs of a good player especially now that I see him listed at 6 foot 2

  • .JVR.

    Might have to take in a couple Ice Dogs game this year in order to get a closer look at Verhaeghe.

  • DumbFisherman

    Bernier has a slowdown technique that almost puts the other team to sleep which is great, but he will be suceptable to the odd high goal just under the cross bar-that might be one of his only weaknesses

  • 4evrblue

    TuckerForPunishment thats pretty badass

  • Cameron19

    No Andreas Johnsson?

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Did Bernier give up a single rebound last night?  I can’t recall a single one.   Amazing control.  Not having to make 2nd and 3rd saves is a huge benefit.

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment He spit out quite a few in the 1st period, but was pretty much flawless after that.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment lol  Exaggerate much?

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 Nope. If you were listening to the Nashville feed, they were pointing them out.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment I did miss the first 10 minutes.

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 Our D did a good job cleaning up the mess though. He really didn’t have to make a difficult save until the 3rd.

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 And the rebounds were not dangerous.

  • 4evrblue

    .JVR. make sure we  get a report on here :)

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 Can’t believe I’m actually excited for parliament to resume next week.  Gonna be interesting.  Although Harper is just gonna dodge everything.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Philly ties it and Yotes take the lead right back.

  • 4evrblue

    TuckerForPunishment Im watching Pit vs Fla, really fast game. Florida about to go on a 5 on 3

  • TuckerForPunishment

    4evrblue TuckerForPunishment I switched to the Philly game for the intermission.  Gonna put the Pens game back on now.

  • 4evrblue

    TuckerForPunishment 4evrblue Florida just scored. They should pull Zatkoff. He’s having a horrible night

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment Most of the ones I saw were kicked off into the corners

  • 4evrblue

    TuckerForPunishment 4-2 florida over pittsburgh now. not looking good for Zatkoff

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Burtonboy Cameron19 TuckerForPunishment Thats what I saw too.  The odd puck dropped in front of him for him to easily cover.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    4evrblue TuckerForPunishment Exactly why we need to keep Reims.  We have a huge advantage having two competent goalies.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Sabres averaging a goal per game.  lol

  • Pent_House

    I dunno why the Marlies never release any injury info. Kenny Ryan has been banged up since the very beginning of training camp and Blacker is banged up too but I haven’t heard shit about either injury.

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House Ryan has a sports hernia …… heard nothing on Blacker. Thought he was a healthy scratch

  • Conis

    wow PHX powerplay doesn’t do much

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy Pent_House That sucks for Ryan. Do you know if he had surgery yet? Most likely gonna miss half the season. Blacker was banged up  in camp, he got sent down in that odd 2-man cut because he was injured. That’s the one knock on him actually he’s somewhat injury prone over the last 3 seasons.

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House Burtonboy Belive Ryan had surgery already

  • 4evrblue

    TuckerForPunishment 4evrblue not sure why people can’t sit back and enjoy this problem for a while. It’s been nothing but trade ideas since Bernier arrived

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue TuckerForPunishment I hate trade talk . Most of it makes absolutely no sense.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Bozak….scores and still looks like a moron.lol  My concern is that he’s going to become another one of those contracts.  Gotta start considering the options.  Replacing him won’t be easy though.  Therein lies the problem.

  • LeafsRyan

    so proud of Carter i no him personally and he’s a great kid I’ve been watching this kid for years… he’s going to move up the charts quickly

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment His contract shouldn’t be a problem.  Do you honestly ever foresee him not being worth 3 million?  In a worst case scenario we could eat some of the contract.  The cap will also be 80 million in 3 years.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Isn’t is contract 4.2 mil ?

  • juliesucks

    Raging man-love for Bernier, check.

  • Tim Horton

    What was that BoB?

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Too soon to consider Morgan Rielly for the Olympic Team? Cause he looks great.   lol

  • Cameron19

    The_Polish_Cannon Yes, but i think we could always move him for 3.

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Bobsyouruncle #waytoosoon

  • Cameron19

    Bobsyouruncle Well, they’ve prepared 45 to be lifted to the rafters at the ACC, so why not?

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/KesselySnipeshttps://twitter.com/KesselySnipes/status/388844014989869057
    Leafs prospect Ryan Rupert pots 4 Pts tonight.

  • Loric76

    https://twitter.com/GSparks40https://twitter.com/GSparks40/status/388843881279651841
    So yesterday I saw my neighbors at the hotel & they’re easily pushing 70. Tonight they’re doing it. Loudly. Get. Me. Outta. Here. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Please&src=hash

  • TuckerForPunishment

    Cameron19 Bobsyouruncle Why  can’t we be excited for Bernier?  Especially since the only negative surrounding him so far is your opinion of him.

  • Loric76

    Bobsyouruncle yeah a bit too soon…let him play out his 9 games, then anoint him lol

  • Cameron19

    TuckerForPunishment Cameron19 Bobsyouruncle I don’t have an even remotely negative opinion of him.