Leafs Prospect Update – October 20th

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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.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
Leafs Prospects         

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
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1
  • rustynail

    Thanks for the update. Appreciate it.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    slick new MLHS layout…..looks sexy.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Dangle_My_Berries thx man!

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Dangle_My_Berries Comments seem a lot quick on desktop

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    DeclanK Dangle_My_Berries so far so good, keep up the good work Declan

  • Canadian kid

    This is sick. Love it. Love it all.

  • Jay_Berg

    I’m digging the new changes. Great job guys

  • Optimustic

    Carter Verheaghe with more than 2 ppg.  I sure didn’t see that coming.   hadn’t heard of him before the draft.

  • mike_84

    Optimustic He looked good in the rookie tournament and preseason

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    cant get over the size of Gauthiers hands….

  • Optimustic

    mike_84 Optimustic Yeah, I like Gauthier too.  He’ll be a force to be reckoned with defensively, and I hope he can be offensive enough to make him a real steal also.  It seemed that the Habs were really disappointed when we picked him so, maybe they know something about him too.

  • mike_84

    I would really like the see the Leafs pick up another Dman. Sadly can’t see it happening.

  • sboulton

    Love this feature.
    BTW, you’re missing Leivo’s goal with the Leafs – showing in the points column, but not the goals.

  • mike_84

    Payton looked bad on that series

  • Alec Brownscombe

    sboulton Thanks, fixed!

  • rustynail

    Here’s the Garbutt hit on Penner. Leaves feet, makes contact straight to head: http://t.co/dLfb3fy2NEhttps://twitter.com/TheFourthPeriod/status/392109721018044418

  • mike_84

    rustynail Thats gonna be a suspension for sure prob 5-8 games

  • Komas Taberle

    rustynail Wow he got errrrrrr… pancaked!

  • loomx

    mike_84 Would love to see a deadline deal for Girardi or Michalek

  • Komas Taberle

    Dangle_My_Berries You know what they about big hands?.. big gloves.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Komas Taberle Dangle_My_Berries  + big stick = big goals

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/helenenothelenhttps://twitter.com/helenenothelen/status/392110681912139776
    Per the Ducks, Selanne has scored against 148 goalies in his NHL career, including Dallas’ Jack Campbell tonight.

  • Jmessih

    Just a quick little suggestion to have these reports done on monday so you can catch the sunday games (unless you guys include the sunday games).

  • rustynail

    mike_84 rustynail came a long way for the hit too

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    rustynail you know you’ve been around when…

  • rustynail

    Dangle_My_Berries rustynail and scored a LOT of goals

  • Wilbur

    rustynail mike_84 What the fuck is wrong with some of these players? Comes from a mile away, leaves his feet, direct hit to head. How fucking stupid do you have to be?

  • Jmessih

    Wilbur rustynail mike_84 Shanaban should say that instead of his usual garbage, send a message already. Penner did not look good. 
    Give him 8 games and say exactly what Wilbur said in the video

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Jmessih Monday is our usual day for that exact reason. We’re doing a Hangout tmrw night though. Anthony will be on.
    I’m updating for tonight’s games in a little bit.

  • Wilbur

    Jmessih Wilbur rustynail mike_84 Give him 20 frickin games. Hell, give him 40. I get it when it’s in the heat of battle but that guy was looking to smoke Penner.

  • Jmessih

    Alec Brownscombe Jmessih Ah ok perfect makes sense. Great job guys!! One more suggestion the main page could use one type of link for all the threads, no need for 2 I think, plus would make it a lot faster to load, but I love the changes. This is my fav hockey site!!

  • Jmessih

    Wilbur Jmessih rustynail mike_84 True, I don’t know the kid, clearly looking to make an impression but he is going to do so for the wrong reasons.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    rustynail Dangle_My_Berries guys a man of class too….hope he sticks around till his bones are dust!

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/helenenothelenhttps://twitter.com/helenenothelen/status/392112361844117504
    Ducks take 5-3 lead. Slick passing play, Palmieri to Perry to Getzlaf.

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/helenenothelenhttps://twitter.com/helenenothelen/status/392112011200327681
    Dustin Penner was knocked out briefly after hit to jaw, according to Ducks. Now said to have full mobility, walking under own power.

  • Jmessih

    rustynail Winnik got 2 mins in the game for elbowing this kid. I assume retaliation for the hit.

  • Jmessih

    rustynail Good to hear

  • rustynail

    Jmessih rustynail I think he’s gonna get a lot more than 2 minutes

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    CanuckUKinToronto good to hear man!

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    CanuckUKinToronto Dangle_My_Berries thats awesome,, how old is the kid again?

  • whalz

    hey guys hopefully one of you guys are in tune with the Marlies as i have  no idea what Spott is doing with his lineups….
    cresenzi- is he injured or just a scratch today?
    biggs- how is he looking?
    blacker- wtf is going on? he was considered a top dman prospect and Nonis mentioned he wasnt far off..
    macwilliam- hear hes doing well in his 1st yr.
    percy-looked calm today in the game and read that he is solid.
    does anyone have any feedback on the above players?
    thanks

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Leafs really need to find a way to draft or acquire McDavid and make a Mcdavid and Connor Brown an NHL duo.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    CanuckUKinToronto Dangle_My_Berries good for him, rewarding to see the kids kinda come into their own and get better.

  • whalz

    brown did not impress me at all during the rookie camp…..maybe a poor mans Wellwood? i have no expectations of him being anything other than a Marlie… but hope im wrong

  • rustynail

    @whalz I thought he looked good at the rookie tournament but definitely needed more strength

  • Cameron19

    @whalz Anything more would be a bonus and probably not wise to expect a whole lot from him.  I must admit I am starting to get my hopes up about Verhaeghe though. My take on him at the rookie camp was ‘my god, how can someone get so many scoring chances and not bury’.  But in hindsight, I guess the impressive thing is that he was getting the chances, because clearly it’s working out for him now…

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    CanuckUKinToronto Dangle_My_Berries thats what you want to hear, kids actually enjoying themselves playing. The game teaches kids a great deal more then just how to skate and shoot, social skills, self esteem, how to deal with pressure, and a team mentality are all things children learn from the game. Really makes them feel a part of something

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Ok – chart updated

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Cameron19  absolutely agree on Verhaeghe. As for Connor, we’ll see what he looks like physically in a couple of years.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Cameron19 What Verhaeghe is doing as an 18 year old who won’t be 19 until late August, in his +1 season, is easily the most exciting development among the Leaf prospects in the early season.