Leafs Prospect Update – October 20th

Leafs Prospect Update – October 20th

Connor Brown had himself a bit of a weekend.

In two games, Brown put up 2 goals and 5 assists, holding on to his lead in the OHL scoring race at 29 points in 12 games.  Brown and teammate Connor McDavid have been making a mess of OHL defensemen and may just fight each other for the scoring lead all year long.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Brown does it with smarts, hockey sense, and a well-rounded skillset rather than any particular high-end asset.  It’s a small sample so far but he’ll be among the scoring leaders in the OHL by the time all is said and done.

Niagara’s Carter Verhaeghe put up 3 assists this weekend, running his totals on the season to 25 points in 12 games which puts him alone in the 3rd in OHL scoring (3 points clear of 4th).  Verhaeghe has really thrived with the extra responsibility this year, having taken over the #1 centre spot from the now-departed Ryan Strome. He possesses a great pair of hands and, like Brown, exceptional hockey sense.  If smarts are the only thing you can’t teach, then the Leafs are well-positioned with their top-2 OHL forward prospects.

Also among the OHL’s leaders is Matt Finn, who currently sits 5th among OHL defensemen despite having played 2 fewer games than each of the defensemen ahead of him.  Finn is an all-situations defender for Guelph and should be expected to challenge for a spot on this year’s World Junior team.

Frederik Gauthier had a 3-game weekend and put up a very solid 2 goals and 3 assists in those games.  The big story for Gauthier was a 4 point (2G, 2A) performance on Saturday.  After a slow statistical start to the season, Gauthier is now up to 13 points in 13 games played and has started to show some of the offensive flair that the organization was hoping to see from him.  By all accounts his skating is greatly improved from last season and he seems poised to have a strong season in the Q.

Finally, 2013 draft pick Andreas Johnson is sitting 9th in SHL scoring in Sweden despite playing between 3 and 6 fewer minutes per game than those ahead of him.  It’s early but Johnson looks like another in a long line of solid late round selections by the Maple Leafs.

Toronto Maple 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
227 comments
Jon5200
Jon5200

I've been reading Kevin Mcgran's chat on the Star website while he is at Leafs practise and he says he has heard rumour's that Komerov's stint back home was a 1 year thing and that there's a good chance he will b back with the Leafs next year?  Anyone else hear anything with respect to Komerov.....really liked his style of pest!!!

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Oooooh. That's a shame :P

Renaud Lavoie @LavoieRenaud 

List of injured players is getting wider in MTL: Murray, Parros, Drewiske, Pacioretty, Emelin, Brière and Prust. Its not going to be easy.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

Yaaaaa so there.

Dan Rosen @drosennhl 

There is just ONE Winter Classic. Always has been just ONE Winter Classic. It's the one played on Jan. 1.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

Smithson is signed to an AHL deal, and can't be brought up without signing an NHL deal which would require he pass through waivers before he join the Leafs?

does anyone know how right or wrong i am?

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

any word on why Blacker still hasn't been playing on the Marlies?

Brennan looks pretty decent down there but i think i see why he hasn't had his chance on the Leafs...he's got to recognize that being an offensive defenseman who excells ont he power play puts him in competition with Gardiner and Reilly.  seems Carlyle is going to give Gardiner an opportunity to find his game, rightfully so.

he'd have a better chance increasing his physical play in hopes of getting a chance to play a 2nd -tier defensive shutdown role and PK spot before Fraser returns to health.  he might stand a better chance spotting Ranger or Gunnarsson who the coach could deem "banged up" or in need of a "maintenance day".

ingy56
ingy56

Clarkson back Friday :)

deedrag
deedrag

I wish Toronto would use a soccer type approach to their play. Tiki Taka they call it . Its where you pass the ball back and forth tiring out the other team and then you strike real quick the whole time moving closer into the opponents zone. And yes this type of style is all about possession the corsi critics would love it. Or is this team not capable of this type of play right now? If not who would they have to keep and trade to make it possible? Oh and if i haven't said it before i like the work being done on this site.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Burtonboy 

hopefully the Leafs players start getting it, so Carlyle can start yelling something else for Caroline to tweet: "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, YES...(long pause)...YESSSSSS!"

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Jon5200 

that's been the "news" all along to my recollection

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Burtonboy 

before the year is up, Carlyle and Nonis will have a talk, and the guys who ain't getting it are going to be shown the door.  the guys who want to win will get signed and that's the moment in time when we become a legit contender.

every game is a tryout.

ShiftyD
ShiftyD

@Burtonboy Holy fuck boys. It's a breakout drill. Just like the d-zone coverage it isn't rocket science. Why do these guys have so much trouble with this?

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

boo hoo....thats just warms the heart...I hope Stupidban and Price are next.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@rustynail  Ball Hockey / holy Fuck,  should be practicing clear our zone and ensuring our forwards know to come back and give our D an Outlet lol


dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@rustynail 

Carter Ashton looked right at home yesterday on the Marlies.  he's got potential to be more than a 4th line NHLer, so i'm happy to see him killing penalties already, and i'm looking forward to seeing him leading the team and quaterbacking some power plays fromt he side boards, or working on his Andreychuk in front of the net.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@ingy56  He will be over the Top excited, 3 penalties a Fight and a Goal in a Leafs Vic !

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Yaknowwhat 

depends.  is Reimer REALLY feeling good?  if Bernier starts i'd assume we'll read about Reimer's neck theories the next day in the paper.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Yaknowwhat Morning Yak, they back to Back, kinda screws up things, Ideally I would start Reimer Then Bernier gets Columbus on Fri, then Reims For Pit on Saturday, although Carlyle will probably go

Bernier = Anh

Riems =Columbus

Bermier = Pit

ingy56
ingy56

@Yaknowwhat If Randy is true to his "win and you're in " philosophy, then it's Reimer. 

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Mind Bomb

maybe they should try frozen pucks

how about those heavy red/orange ones?

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

@Mind Bomb @ingy56  Can't wait....I bought a Leaf t-shirt on Saturday with my boy Clark on the back with # 17 and a C on the front, its the one with the vintage look...I left the store and put it on right outside. I walked around the mall as proud as a rooster!! hey, any update on Fraser? who sits when he comes back? Ranger?

ingy56
ingy56

@dlb eh @Yaknowwhat Just listening to TSN radio for a bit...the sky is falling apparently, "long way to go" being tossed around quite frequently after the loss to Chicago and they are already predicting a losing streak. Wonder if there's a bridge nearby...

deedrag
deedrag

@ingy56 @deedrag You all raise valid points, guess this might only work in international play because of bigger rinks.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@ingy56 @deedrag Plus with the sticks and being on skates is easier to get in passing lanes once the puck is moving. 

You do see teams doing that on PP's, when the attacking team has more space and time. 

Jon5200
Jon5200

@dlb eh @Jon5200 EXACTLY dlb eh....good point.....he wasnt a Kaleta......he just finished EVERY check and got in the way of alot of opponents.....took very few penalties and was a BIG + to the team.....imho......role players like that are invaluable to a team....

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Jon5200

he was a perfect 4th liner.  he skated, checked, managed the puck, killed penalties, worked fine on any line, brought energy, irritated the other team and drew penalties without being a douche like Kaleta or a premadonna diver.

i don't know why he bothered so many guys because he wasn't taking out their knees or spearing them or elbowing or facewashing or slew footing.  he was just always in the way.

Komarov-McCLemment left plenty of room for McLare/Orr to play too.  with the addition of Clarkson up front, i'll like to see him return.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@dlb eh @Mind Bomb Maybe, and if we competed on Saturday i could see it. I dont reward bad behavior, well a select few ladies get rewarded :)))))

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@Mind Bomb 

coach should know best, and perhaps it's to make a point.

but the team doesn't appear to be playing timid or uptight...it appears to be forgetting to play inspired.

so this "orange hockey ball thing" is normally the coach's way of saying "relax"...when i think they need a kick in the nuts to "GET FUCKING GOING ALREADY"

it's not panic time.  but it's time to put on the yellow hard hat and get to bloody work.

dlb Mad
dlb Mad

@EugeneAronov 

and if you get in trouble you boot it away and allow the other team build up.  in hockey it's called icing.

EugeneAronov
EugeneAronov

@ingy56 @Greg Fenton @deedrag not to mention the fact that in soccer you  can turn and protect the ball with your body and no one can touch you, in hockey you will get drilled, apples and oranges