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.Latest Update: Sunday, December 1.
|SPENCER ABBOTT||5' 9"||170||25||HAMILTON, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||19||3||12||22|
|TYLER BIGGS||6' 2"||205||20||BINGHAMTON, NY, USA||Marlies (AHL)||15||2||2|
|CONNOR BROWN||5' 11"||160||19||TORONTO, ON, CAN||Erie (OHL)||28||19||36||55|
|TONY CAMERANESI||5' 9"||162||20||MAPLE GROVE, MN, USA||U of Duluth (NCAA)||12||2||6||8|
|SAM CARRICK||6' 0"||188||21||MARKHAM, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||20||3||6||9|
|ANDREW CRESCENZI||6' 4"||199||21||THORNHILL, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||18||1||1|
|JERRY D'AMIGO||5' 11"||208||22||BINGHAMTON, NY, USA||Marlies (AHL)||19||5||3||8|
|JAMIE DEVANE||6' 5"||217||22||MISSISAUGA, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)|
|FREDERIK GAUTHIER||6' 5"||214||18||ST-LIN, QC, CAN||Rimouski (QMJHL)||25||6||16||22|
|FABRICE HERZOG||6' 2"||176||18||FRAUENFELD, CHE||Quebec (QMJHL)||30||18||9||27|
|GREG MCKEGG||6' 0"||191||21||ST. THOMAS, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||18||5||5||10|
|BRAD ROSS||6' 0"||175||21||EDMONTON, AB, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||16||1||1|
|RYAN RUPERT||5' 8"||186||19||GRAND BEND, ON, CAN||London (OHL)||27||7||12||19|
|KENNY RYAN||6' 0"||204||22||FRANKLIN VILLAGE, MI, USA||Marlies (AHL)||2||0|
|DOMINIC TONINATO||6' 1"||165||19||DULUTH, MN, USA||U of Duluth (NCAA)||12||3||3||6|
|JOSH LEIVO||6'2"||195||20||INSIFIL, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)|
|DAVID BROLL||6'3"||235||20||MISSISSAUGA, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)|
|CARTER VERHAEGHE||6' 1"||181||18||TORONTO, ON, CAN||Niagara (OHL)||28||16||27||43|
|ANDREAS JOHNSON||5'10"||172||18||GAVLE, SWE||Frolunda (SHL)||27||11||6||17|
|ANDREW MACWILLIAM||6'2"||226||23||CALGARY, AB, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||14||0|
|MAX EVERSON||6' 1"||184||20||EDINA, MN, USA||Harvard U (NCAA)||3||0|
|MATTHEW FINN||6' 0"||199||19||TORONTO, ON, CAN||Guelph (OHL)||26||7||18||25|
|PETTER GRANBERG||6' 3"||200||21||GALLIVARE, SWE||Marlies (AHL)||19||1||1||2|
|ERIC KNODEL||6' 6"||216||23||WEST CHESTER, PA, USA||U of New Hampshire (NCAA)||17||3||7||10|
|VIKTOR LOOV||6' 1"||187||20||SODERTALJE, SWE||Modo (SHL)||25||1||4||5|
|TOM NILSSON||6' 0"||176||20||MORA, SWE||Frolunda (SHL)|
|STUART PERCY||6' 1"||187||20||OAKVILLE, ON, CAN||Marlies (AHL)||18||4||4|
|DENNIS ROBERTSON||6' 0"||195||22||FORT ST. JOHN, BC, CAN||Brown U (NCAA)||10||2||4||6|
|ZACHARY YUEN||6' 0"||196||20||VANCOUVER, BC, CAN||Orlando (ECHL)||18||1||4||5|
|ANTOINE BIBEAU||6' 3"||207||19||VICTORIAVILLE, QC, CAN||Charlottetown (QMJHL)||7-8-4||3.28||.914|
|CHRISTOPHER GIBSON||6' 1"||188||20||KARKKILA, FIN||Marlies (AHL)|
|GARRET SPARKS||6' 2"||200||20||ELMHURST, IL, USA||Marlies (AHL)|