Leafs Prospect Update – October 27

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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.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
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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
  • LeafsForLife

    Pent_House what happened with dubinsky?

  • LeafsForLife

    Chris Neal took a high stick from his own teammate and turds fans booing like SJ did it lol. Neal had to go get stitched up. Couldnt have happened to a better guy. ahaha.

  • DJBrianBurke

    Pent_House It was a clean hit. Only reason Koivu’s head gets hit is because he’s a runt and he’s admiring his pass. It was straight on, elbow down. I’m afraid that in 10 years open ice hits will be a thing of the past.

  • Kouba

    18 year old in a Top 3 world league is a ppg player… Andreas Johnson’s numbers look great.

  • Optimustic

    Thanks for the update Curt.  Like all teams, we have some prospects that’ll be good, and some that’ll never see the NHL.  Hopefully we have more of the former than the rest of the league.

  • Great Dane

    Kouba Let us just see what happens the rest of the season, but if and it is a big “if” then same age same level we are talking production like Daniel Sedin and Zetterberg.
    He is a bit on the small side but that might change.
    Thommie Bergman might have done it again – late round pick that could turn into a good NHL player.

  • bimbim0302

    Battles that last 5 Tuesday really is a great game in my opinion. It’s very dramatic and beautiful game. Thanks for update

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks !

  • Great Dane

    Mind Bomb Morning MB – another fine day in the Leafsland

  • Tommy Cat

    Buff took the Isles to the cleaners.  Unemployed hockey execs everywhere are at home saying, “Holy shit, I’m not working and Garth is doing that!!!”

  • B_Leaf

    Mind Bomb 
    Morning Bomber

  • Mind Bomb

    Great Dane Mind Bomb  Morning An Excellent Day in Leaf Land. Maybe we will hear good news and Lups is skating today !

  • B_Leaf

    Not sure what everyone else thinks but I think the Islanders are a tougher team to play today after the trade. Vanek is a pretty solid talent to play in the NYI top six along with JT.  I can’t see them having a problem resigning him, because very few teams have space,  Buffalo will probably move Moulson later.

  • Mind Bomb

    B_Leaf Mind Bomb  Morning Bro

  • Burtonboy

    Toronto Maple Leafs’ Dave Bolland playing the complete game the team wanted from Mikhail Grabovski
    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/10/28/toronto-maple-leafs-dave-bolland-playing-the-complete-game-team-wanted-from-mikhail-grabovski/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • Great Dane

    Mind Bomb Great Dane Lupul skating and Bozak traded for Duchene and a 1st round pick.   Would make my day everyday LOL

  • Mind Bomb

    Tommy Cat  If they resign him its worth it, It sucks for me I have Moulson in 3 Pools as JT’s winger
    This sucks lol

  • Burtonboy

    Morning folks

  • Cameron19

    B_Leaf The rumor is that Vanek has already committed to Minnesota once he becomes a UFA.

  • Cameron19

    -Keon- Yep, but as we found out with Parise and Suter, it obviously happens.

  • Great Dane

    Burtonboy Bolland much better for that role than Grabo. 
    Problem is that we do not have the right players in the right position. But we are getting there.
    Nonis has signed Bozak as a stop gap until he can either sign or trade for a center to play with JVR and Kessel. So he was hedging is position with that contract.
    And next summer with the cap at 70 million Bozaks contract will not be that bad.

    Overall:
    goalie  – Check
    Defense – still missing a minor piece
    LW – Check
    RW – Check
    3 and 4 line – Check

  • Great Dane

    Cameron19 B_Leaf Well – when is Tavares tired of the Snow/Wang show????????

  • Mind Bomb

    Tommy Cat Another thing is Buffaloss, we still move Moulson at or before the Deadline for another 1st, what did they have last year 3 firsts ?

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy  Morning BB

  • B_Leaf

    Cameron19 B_Leaf 
    That would be a problem for the Islanders.

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Tommy Cat 2

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Mind Bomb Tommy Cat Buf is stalking some talent, good thing they cant draft :))

  • Cameron19

    B_Leaf Cameron19 The agent also implied that they’d rather wait till the end of the season to start talking, which is usually a bad sign.

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 Tommy Cat Apparently Zadorov and Ristolainen are impressive, but they’re starting to worry about Grigorenko and Myers.

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy How’s the weather up your way? Starting to really cool off night time in these parts . All below zero the next few days

  • dlb eh

    saw Verhaeghe last night vs Oshawa.  he has a blow by defender gear.  long, sneaky fast powerful stride had me fooled a couple times when he looked to be running out of space.  otherwise not much to report on him.  his captain, smallish defender had lateral movement like few others i’ve seen and smart as a whip that kid.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb  It has been zero over night latley but its warming up to a Balmy 6 degrees this week lol.  No Snow, so thats pretty good lol. Speaking of Snow, we should have traded Mac A there last year lol we would have got 2 firsts :)

  • dlb eh

    Cameron19 
    if they’re worried about Myers then they’re idiots … maybe they’re idiots because they don’t know how to help the kid improve, or maybe because they don’t know what to expect from a player like that.  but one thing’s clear.  they’re idiots.

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy Actually quite surprised Snow did this deal. Maybe he knows something we don’t

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Mind Bomb Tommy Cat  They had two the year before, how is that Center Girgerson doing, I liked him at the draft I remember

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb  He must, if they re-sign Vanek I like the deal, Vanek is elite and a great partner for JT

  • Cameron19

    dlb eh Cameron19 You have to admit, his continued decline is somewhat worrying, even if you understand that defensemen don’t usually put it all together at a young age.

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 Tommy Cat Playing quite a bit in the bottom six.

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Think about what you just said, lol

  • Dan39

    With the Sabres now ‘open for business’ on their rebuild, is there anything we would even want from them? Too early to write off Grigs, but  Myers has been a bust.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Burtonboy Mind Bomb  Hhah I know, Vanek has always Killed us, Moulson will want at least 5 mil as a UFA winger, and I am not sure Moulson just did not benifit from JT, 
     IF your the Ilse, do you throw that money at Vanek or Moulson, knowing you cant sign both with their internal cap. The Ilse also have some nice peices coming up

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Burtonboy Mind Bomb  PS HE should have thrown that package for Bernier or schedier though in Hindsight. Nabokov is getting up there

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 Burtonboy Or Miller.

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Dan39 Not too bad for a team that doesn’t care about cap though. After this year, he’s set to make 20 million over the next 5 years.  They paid him 12 million last year, and 6 million this year, so the contract was heavily front-loaded.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Mind Bomb Burtonboy Oh good point, hmm I think Snow’s internal Cap must be handcuffing him

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 Dan39 Yep, I probably would too, but it would cost us too much being in the same division, and it’s pretty risky.  I mean, everyone is saying he needs a change of scenery, but what if he just sucks? 5.5 milllion cap hit for 5 years.

  • dlb eh

    Cameron19 
    i don’t know, watching him in the pre-season he was one of the only consistant threats from Buffalo.  if they don’t know how to handle him then they’re idiots.  unless there’s some secret off-ice or physical ailment, of course.
    i’d trade for him in a heart-beat…so long as the CAP space and depth chart allowed it.  i would bring him in for what he could do in bottom pair minutes now with top pair potential in two years.
    but we don’t see him day to day so it’s entrely possible i’ve only been able to see the good.

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 Burtonboy Its interesting that NYI acquired  a pending FA that they know will cost a bundle to re-sign . Might be an indication they are going to start spending

  • dlb eh

    Cameron19 
    yeah, Myers doesn’t make sense for our group where it is right now.  he’s best suited on a team like Buffalo that has time to let him develop.  if they’re not idiots.

  • Dan39

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook Dan39 I feel like he could just suck. These big frames are always over-valued by scouts and draft position retains its weight for too long into a player’s career. On a defenseman, you can buy that the defensive side of their game can take longer to develop, but he’s into his 5th year in the NHL – he should at least have his offensive game put together.