Leafs Prospect Update – October 27

Leafs Prospect Update – October 27

This past Thursday, I had the chance to take in the Colts – Ice Dogs game and got to see Carter Verhaeghe live for the first time since the rookie tournament.  Of the players taken in the 2013 draft by the Leafs, Verhaeghe has probably turned the most heads in the early stages of this season. Here are a few of my thoughts on his game.

First of all, like many of the Leafs‘ picks over the last three years, Verhaeghe was used in all situations by Niagara, seeing time on the powerplay and penalty kill as well as significant time at even strength.  While on the ice, Verhaeghe spends a lot of time with the puck on his stick.  He’s quick, has decent puck skills and doesn’t shy away from carrying the puck over his own blueline or in across the opposition line.  When he beat defenders in Thursday’s game, it was always to the outside with speed; although I suspect he probably has enough puck handling skill to dangle guys in the middle if the opportunity presents itself.  His shot didn’t really standout to me one way or the other but the sample was a small one.

As far as deficiencies go, I’d like to see Verhaeghe drive the net a bit more when he has the puck.  There were three occasions in Thursday’s game where he’d beaten the defender to the outside but he either threw the puck on net from a sharp angle or passed the puck across the front of the net — on two of those occasions, protecting the puck and forcing his way toward the net would have likely been the better play.

Despite that, he doesn’t play a timid game.  Without the puck, he went to the net regularly and he fought the puck retrieval battles admirably.

All in all, Verhaeghe is a fair bit like Connor Brown in that he doesn’t really wow you with any particular skill but his smarts and the sum of his parts seem to get the job done.  Ultimately, he’s a 3rd round draft pick who looks like he has a legitimate shot. Really, that’s all we can ask for.

If you’d like to see a really good statistical look at both Verhaeghe and Connor Brown’s offensive performance to date, I’d direct you to the always worthwhile writing of Gus Katsaros.

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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
207 comments
Jay_Berg
Jay_Berg

I'm extremely confused as to how we are able to fit Liles under the cap.

.JVR.
.JVR.

With Bozak out for the foreseeable future, it sure would be nice to have somebody like Colborne in the system right now.

JVR   -   Kadri   -   Kessel

Lupul   -   Colborne   -   Leivo

Raymond   -   Bolland   -   Clarkson

McLaren   -   McClement   -   Orr


However, there is no way he would have passed waivers if Nonis tried to send him to the Marlies, so he would have had to start the year with the Leafs and Ashton legitimately beat him out for the final roster spot.




Burtonboy
Burtonboy

I suspect he will play on this trip ...alongside Gards 

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

7 goals, 8 assists, and 15 points for the Isles' Frans Nielsen in 11 games. What the fuck is going on there?

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Jmessih Re- entry waivers were eliminated in the last CBA . The paying of 1/2 the salary was only done on re - entry waivers so its gone as well 

Jantz
Jantz

At Ranger's expense I would say.

mcloki
mcloki

@Burtonboy Really interesting. Maybe someone has a deal in place to pick jhim up off of waivers? MAybe. But couldn't they just make a retained salary deal or is Toronto all full up on those deals.

DARF24
DARF24

@Burtonboy how do they have the cap space for that? Bozak to LTIR?


peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Jantz Looking to get Liles on waivers again in a few games.  Gets easier for another team to take Liles contract on now that a part of the season has passed by.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@mcloki @Burtonboy We can still do one . I wouldn't rule out Liles butting his way back into the line up either . That guy can still play 

DJGLENN22
DJGLENN22

@ProfessorRance @Burtonboy .............I guess if he plays Dallas will take a good look at him and maybe put a claim in on him.........he could probably help the Oilers 

Jantz
Jantz

Very,..... time to showcase or is there an injury that we are unaware of ?

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih

It blows in this situation, but is good in almost every other situation.

Dan39
Dan39

@Mind Bomb @Dan39 @ShotgunCharlie @Burtonboy @wiski I just checked, it is indeed a NTC. He does get paid the same in the AHL though, $1mm. Good for him, he could have got a better deal from other teams. I still hope he makes it back to his old form - too good a story to not have the right ending. 

ShotgunCharlie
ShotgunCharlie

@Burtonboy @Dan39 @wiski When Frazer is back i have a feeling Ranger will be sent down. Thats enough to cover Liles. hopefully this is a showcase for a trade

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Dan39 @Burtonboy @wiski Why ? We are only saving 925 k on Liles anyway . Your could send someone else down and save dam near as much 

Dan39
Dan39

@Burtonboy @wiski We don't have the cap room for that. As soon as anyone comes back on the cap, Liles has to go down. 

Jantz
Jantz

Good point....,. I keep forgeting that with our limited roster that we are carrying that we only have 6 D on the roster.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy @Jantz  I image spending all those games on a Bus, that Liles will at least be very motivated lol


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Jantz Fraser likely not available on this trip and they would need to take 7 d on the road

vinoa
vinoa

@DWCMLHS St.Louis is a deep team. Steen/Backes/Oshie are one of the hottest lines in the league.