Leafs Prospect Update – October 14

Leafs Prospect Update – October 14

Thanks were given, turkey was eaten, and hockey was played this long weekend.

Connor Brown continued his assault on the OHL with another 7 points in 3 weekend games.   The Erie Otters are second to only the Kingston Frontenacs in goals for to start the season and Brown’s league leading 22 points are a big reason why.  Brown didn’t get as much of an opportunity to shine at the Leafs’ rookie tournament as I would have liked but those who saw him play in the OHL last season will know that he was a force on the powerplay.  What’s a little surprising about his point totals thus far is that only 4 of his 22 points have come on the man advantage.  It’s tough to put your finger on exactly what it is that makes Brown so effective but I would expect his offensive instincts to keep him among the OHL’s leaders all season.

Also making noise in the early going is Guelph Storm defenseman Matt Finn.  Taken 35th overall in the 2012 draft, Finn started last season impressively before coming down with mononucleosis, which kept him out of the lineup on two separate occasions, both for a significant portion of the season.  In his draft+2 season, Finn has been a point-per-game player with the Storm and continues to see icetime in all situations.  As much as +/- isn’t the greatest of stats, Finn’s +10 rating is indicative of his value to his team in both ends of the ice.  Finn is definitely one of the Leafs’ prospects to watch this season.

After a bit of a slow start to his season, Frederik Gauthier has bounced back to post 4 points in his last 3 games with the Rimouski Oceanique.  Gauthier was drafted because of his frame and two-way game but much was made of his untapped offensive potential in the offseason.  Gauthier is now sitting at 8 points in 9 games and only has a single goal but expectations are that he’ll be better than a point-per-game by season’s end.  The focus for Gauthier this year will be to continue to improve his skating and, if successful, he’ll be more than a handful for defensemen around the Q.

Oh, and by the way, Carter Verhaeghe is 3rd in OHL scoring in his draft+1 season.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
Leafs Prospects         

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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
150 comments
oldhockeyfan
oldhockeyfan

I really like Carter VerHaeghe, He seems to really have a good skill set. Connor Brown has a nose for the puck around the net and this year is a plus player. I was hoping to hear somthing about Fabrice Herzog? how is he playing?

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Part # 2 of the note book is up 

Jordan29
Jordan29

I would still go with bernier. Keep this run going. Few more wins banged off and we would have the epically collapse to miss the playoffs

Jordan29
Jordan29

So when will Kulemin and Fraser be ready to go?

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

so who starts in net I have to think Reimer gets the start

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

when It comes to Edmonton problems I can't understand why they aren't asking for JML he is still a good defenseman with NHL experience that would defiantly help there blue line, and I'm sure they could get him for cheap maybe we could pull away a 2nd rounder  due to there desperation

add:   I would even throw in Holzer to guarantee a 2nd

Armchair GM
Armchair GM

In California the goalies are Fasth and Quick...

Great Dane
Great Dane

A few comments on Yakupov.

This morning I was thinking a bit about the Yakupov, the comments, reactions and who/what that reminded me off.

I would like to draw your attention to players on the Leafs current roster that have got a similar treatment:

Kessel and Kadri.

Kessel only has 30 feet game; a pure goal scorer that is not concerned about defense.

Kadri should not speak, a defensive liability. Not responsible etc etc.


Just look at Kessel now: At 25 he is matured into a more complete player who actually is responsible on the defensive side of the game. An excellent play-maker that makes is team-mates a lot better. Of course Kessel will never be Datsyuk, but less can do.

In Kadri we are seeing the same development but a few years behind on the learning curve from Kessel.

If Oilers are stupid enough to trade Yakopov then Nonis should be all over him. Let Yakopov learn from Kessel and Kulemin. I am sure that by the end of the season Leafs would have the most dangerous RW in the NHL.

Which team would be able to stop Kessel, Yakupov and Clarkson on the right side. 




Cameron19
Cameron19

Goalies who might be available for trade this year:

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Viktor Fasth

Ryan Miller

Josh Harding

Craig Anderson

Brian Elliot

James Reimer

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Can any of these names save the Oilers? I think only a red hot Anderson could. If I were them I'd be looking to trade Yakupov for a pair of D, and then looking to package the guys they displace for a defensive forward.  I'd also dangle my first round pick for immediate help.  

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Jordan29 Kulemin should return around the same time as Clarkson, I think.  Fraser 2-3 weeks after that. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@LeafsGuru I would go Bernier, as I suspect Minnesota is one of the teams the King's would have frequently dressed him for.  Reimer on Thursday when we're back against Eastern opponents. 

Reversethecurse13
Reversethecurse13

@Burtonboy Is it me, or is the interview pre-recorded (2 games into the season), also in a room full of people talking? 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Great Dane Except none of those things were ever backed up by any actual evidence for Kadri and Kessel.  Kadri was constantly criticized for having an attitude, yet always said the right thing to the camera.  Yakupov came out and said he basically doesn't care what the coach says because he thinks this is "his game", and he doesn't much care for "skating and hitting every shift". Our players have never said anything even close to being that ridiculous. The stories were invented for Kadri and Kessel - because they play in Toronto.  Yakupov is reality.  

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Nonis should have zero interest in this primadonna loser.  Let him go to the KHL. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Great Dane One major difference between the three? Yak is Russian.

I can't imagine the Oilers trading him. He was their top scorer last year plus a 1st overall pick.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Oilers are a commericial for not building through the draft.

moimoi
moimoi

@Cameron19 Isn't Hiller more available than Fasth? I can't see Anderson traded.

Jordan29
Jordan29

Nice. Kulemin and Clarkson should fill the line up out big time. We will finally see the new lineup

Cameron19
Cameron19

@moimoi @Cameron19 No, Hiller has been far better for some time now.  I think Fasth was a bit of a flash in the pan.  They'll want to run a Hiller/Gibson tandem next year. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@-Keon- Yep, they have more space than I thought, but still, a lot of their space is because of the bonus cushion on RNH, Schultz and Yakupov.  With those 3, I could actually see them achieving some of the scoring benchmarks to get some of those bonuses.  I

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Point is, I don't think Edmonton is interested in taking on salary for someone like Liles. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@-Keon- Only until Gagner returns in a couple weeks, then that completely disappears. They have like 200K in cap space. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

@Great Dane @DJBrianBurke Then he shouldn't say stuff about not liking to skate all the time. I don't think all Russians are like that, but when that's your response you can't help but wonder. Can you imagine if a Canadian/US/Swedish/Finnish 1st overall said that? I can't because they don't say it.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

They've been rebuilding since 2001 season. Two playoff appearances since.

theacs1966
theacs1966

@TheColborneUltimatum @Cameron19 There are very few teams with cap space right now.  It will stay that way all year, cause where are the contracts going to go, the only thing that will make this cap crunch go away is a raise in the cap.  In the case of Ottawa (and a few others, NJ,Nas) internal caps could make some players available like Anderson, though it would be a dumb hockey move.

moimoi
moimoi

@Cameron19 @moimoi They started Fasth 2 of the first 3 games. He outplayed Hiller in camp this year. I wasn't talking about last year. But yeah, Hiller is playing better now that the season is going.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@moimoi @Cameron19 Hiller's a slow starter, but he's the starter - there's no question.  I think when Fasth was putting up the really great numbers, he was also blessed with playing behind a team firing on all cylinders. 

moimoi
moimoi

@Cameron19 @moimoi I guess I was thinking that cause Fasth won the job out of camp, or at least was in the 1a spot. I see that Hiller is outplaying him though.