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
  • conebone69

    Some good news from ESPN Insider: Maple Leafs defenseman http://espn.go.com/nhl/player/_/id/3398/mark-fraser is http://www.torontosun.com/2013/10/26/maple-leafs-fraser-anxious-to-return-to-lineup to the lineup sometime on a three-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Edmonton. Fraser has been limited to two games with a knee problem.

  • reenergized

    conebone69 he can’t come off IR until the 29th which makes Saturday the first available game to come back

  • dlb eh

    TheCanucksnaphook
    hopefully it’s someone in the other conference.  he’s got stud potential that i’d prefer to not have to face 8 times a year.
    offensively i think he’s already dangerous.  maybe it’s his shitty team that hurts him.  i don’t know.  not enough Buffalo games on my TV to care.

  • Dan39

    reenergized conebone69 Lol I love how the supposed ‘insider’ is apparently not aware of this…

  • conebone69

    Dan39 reenergized conebone69 Saturday it is then!
    Yeah, I paid for the Insider to get College Football and MLB content. I give the hockey stuff a scan every morning, and sometimes there’s interesting stuff on US teams, but man they are so, so weak on NHL coverage.

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 Dan39 I would think that Det, Pitt or Edm Car too, would be better trading partners.  Pitt is like us, loaded with not quite ready high end D probably more than ours.  Myers for one of these prospects and Buf takes a UFA salary for this year and Pit throws in a  2nd.  However there are hardly any teams that can take on salary right now, 2 that can swapped big contracts last night.

  • theacs1966

    dlb eh TheCanucksnaphook It’s his offense that has disappeared.

  • Mind Bomb

    Burtonboy Mind Bomb Cameron19 Aye BB, I was shocked really. And with a new arena, you might be right, Maybe the Ilse are getting serious

  • Mind Bomb

    reenergized conebone69  Haha ESPN has never let the facts get in the way of their articles lol

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Mind Bomb Burtonboy Cameron19 I wonder if the Islanders don’t make the move to the playoffs that they envision they could possibly move Vanek at the deadline and recoup a first for him?

  • theacs1966

    TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 Dan39 Liles a pick and a prospect.  Buf then can turn around and trade Liles at the deadline to Det or La or someone close to the cup, Bos maybe.

  • dlb eh

    theacs1966
    points wise or creativity?  sometimes a defender can move the puck all night and shitty forwards do nothing with it.  likewise, the kid could jump up in the rush and get burned by shitty team mates and hesitate the next time.
    int he one game against us in pre-season he created a number of dangerous chances against us that we managed to keep out, but i wouldn’t hold that against him.
    he’s a physical bitch too.  but…i have a real small smaple size.

  • Greg Fenton

    Dan39 Hodgson might be someone worth looking at, but they just signed for 6 years so I doubt they want to move him. Leino wouldn’t be a bad 3rd line guy, but he is way over paid.

  • theacs1966

    dlb eh theacs1966 All good points but his O has fallen off from the first 2 years when it looked like he’d be another Pronger, that’s why he got the big contract.    The team was better 4 yrs ago.  I believe he eats big minutes and could be paired with Phaneuf as a true/truer #2D.

  • theacs1966

    CanuckUKinToronto TheCanucksnaphook Gauthier has picked up his offense in the last 8 or so games.

  • Greg Fenton

    TheCanucksnaphook dlb eh Cameron19 The Oilers might be a team willing to take the chance on Myers.

  • Mind Bomb

    ingy56 Mind Bomb Burtonboy Cameron19  Hmm their division is weak really, with Phlly and the Rangers sucking, Carolina as well, I imagine Snow see’s this as a chance this year to make some noise

  • Mind Bomb

    Greg Fenton Dan39 Morning Greg, or Raymond at a mil,instead of Leino lol

  • Greg Fenton

    Mind Bomb Greg Fenton Dan39 Morning

  • theacs1966

    Greg Fenton Dan39 Stay away from him.  Too much, too broken.  He has a good playoffs one year, thats it.  He’s played 2 games this years, if he can’t crack Buf, he isn’t going to crack Tor.

  • 1DERYRS

    reenergized conebone69 can’t he play the same day he comes off of IR? If so, leafs play on the 29th (Edmonton) and then again on the 30th(Calgary). So if he can’t play Tuesday he can play Wednesday…

  • mcloki

    Dan39 reenergized conebone69 ESPN says it all.  I’m surprised he didn’t say Ice Hockey to differentiate it from Field hockey.

  • Burtonboy

    Appeal process tricky for Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2013/10/patrick-kaleta-appeal-process-could-backfire-on-patrick-kaleta.html

  • peterbleafs

    Dan39 None of them.  Let the all rot in hell in Buffalo.

  • mcloki

    Morning Gents. Not a bad weekend to wake up from, tied for first in the east.

  • Mind Bomb

    mcloki  Morning MC, not bad at all ! and while we are plagued with injuries and missed games. Cant wait to watch this team go on a roll when healthy

  • peterbleafs

    Geez what a nice day out there.  I think I will bugger off at lunch and go do a hike.

  • Greg Fenton

    Brown’s play and production playing next to McDavid just makes me wishful for a bad year (next year), McDavid becoming a Leaf and keeping those 2 together…..

  • mcloki

    Yaknowwhat mcloki It’s the injury stat that most impressive. We’re doing it with Marlies and that is great to see. Both goalies are playing great. Our D is semi solid, But will get better with Fraser return. I accept some growing pains on D. When you play Gardiner and Rielly together that pretty gutsy. We just need to up the intimidation factor slightly

  • dlb eh

    Greg Fenton 
    you should change your wish to be “i hope Brown can produce like that without McDavid”
    McDavid looks to be a player who will make anyone look better, so if the Leafs were able to draft him how much would Brown really factor in to anything that he can’t accomplish on his own?

  • Greg Fenton

    Yaknowwhat Greg Fenton I’m just a little concerned Brown is playing Kunitz to McDavid’s Crosby. Though there is obviously chemistry there, getting the type of center you can build around WHILE having his buddy from junior, both of which should be breaking into the league and becoming players around the same time Rielly will/should be coming into his own, Leivo could challanging for a full time spot, 1-2 of the other young dream should be breaking in…….

  • dlb eh

    Greg Fenton 
    they’re in a good position to take that chance seeing as they’re not where they hoped to be to begin the season.  the have a couple years to develop players still…and find a goalie.

  • dlb eh

    Greg Fenton
    this dream is really all about getting McDavid.
    Kunitz is a good player even without Crosby and all we can do is hope Brown is still a good player without McDavid.  every team is better off with the Crosby or McDavid half of the duo, obviously.
    it’s positive to see that Brown is capable of playing with a skilled player like McDavid and not hold him back.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    reenergized Days of the week insiders say the 29th is Tuesday. Fraser should be eligible for the Edmonton game. He’s already sat out 10 games since going on LTIR Oct. 04.

  • dlb eh

    theacs1966
    i’d like to scout him to see what the problem is, but i suspect Phaneuf would make it easy on the kid.  and he’s got the abilities to play a big role from what i’ve seen, so if he’s really not all that bad then i change my mind back to “he could fit in here right now”.  haha.  all i can do is speculate when i hear people say he’s a bust.  i remember allt he other experts being so wrong on so many others, after all.

  • NotInsane

    TheCanucksnaphook B_Leaf 
    You might want to re-consider.  The Isles are an explosive young team and with Vanek they’re even better.

  • NotInsane

    CanuckUKinToronto 
    I don’t know much about Moulson but I’d rather pay for a right-side d-man

  • dlb eh

    based on what Carlyle seemed to like last game, what do these pairs mean when Fraser returns who comes out)  ???
    Gunnarsson – Phanuef
    Rielly – Franson
    Ranger – Gardiner on the right
    i thought the group played well overall, and the replay confirmed it.  Kessel was one of the better defensive forwards by the way.
    Gardiner-Rielly played some PP together
    Franson appeared to be on the ice with Phaneuf when both Crosby and Malkin were together, but that could have been due to one player not being able to change on the fly, i couldn’t really tell, but if that was Carlyle’s design it’s interesting to me.

  • The_Irv

    CanuckUKinToronto If we have made a move for a right side d man then potentially… But I just feel like we are solidified on the wings. From JVR, Kessel, Lupul, Clarkson, Kulemin, Raymond. That’s a fairly deep set of wingers for all three lines, and I don’t mind having guys like Leivo step in when needed. 
    But you never know! Moulson can put up goals, there is no doubt!

  • NotInsane

    CanuckUKinToronto
    I’d like a forward who can grind along the boards and play the cycle game.  If he’s that then … yes!

  • dlb eh

    NotInsane 
    Vanek is a heck of a player, but how much did they improve?  Moulson had great chemistry with JT and produced a lot, unless he’s faded this year.
    Vanek is the better player and the player i’d roll the dice on between the two, but i don’t know if it changes a whole lot since NYI was already a pretty good team and they just tampered with their chemistry.

  • conebone69

    dlb eh Thoughts on taking Ranger out? He is still having some growing pains – and Fraser fills much of the same role. I dont doubt that there will be an injury at some point that will require a re-shuffle.

  • Greg Fenton

    dlb eh Greg Fenton Brown on his own doesn’t really fill a short or long term need. Doesn’t mean he is a bad prospect or anything, just only get so excited about him though. McDavid does. The idea of keeping a successful junior hockey duo together is just the icing on the cake.

  • dlb eh

    conebone69
    that’s sort of the point of my question i guess.  i assume most people think Ranger gets the hook, but will
    Fraser – Gardiner
    be the pair Carlyle goes with, or will he mix up pairs he’s seemingly tried to get working…that finally seemed to get it together in a tough test Saturday night?

  • NotInsane

    dlb eh
    Vanek is more talented than Moulson (who like Bozak is a US college guy). Vanek is a former captain and all-star.   He can play with Taveres or on his own line and give the Isles a 1-2 punch.  This is an upgrade for the Isles.  Moulson I don’t know much about other than he scores 30 goals playing with Taveres.  After three years of him, I’ll give Snow the benefit of the doubt regarding chemistry.
    Even if the trade is a wash I’m still afraid of the Islanders.  They are much like the Leafs and to write them off is a mistake.

  • wiski

    Nothing like waking up to 3 inches of snow that you weren’t expecting fack.

  • dlb eh

    Greg Fenton 
    wouldn’t it be more exciting to see what McDavid could do with better players, if Brown isn’t nearly as good?
    ultimately, the best hope is simply that Brown can become a good player irregardless who his centre is.  getting McDavid would be special.
    here’s a thought.  whoever drafts McDavid, let’s offer them Brown for someone that fits into wherever our team is at…he is a character kid with talent, obvously, so let’s sell the “dynamic duo” angle and trade with a team that can help us now.

  • Greg Fenton

    dlb eh Greg Fenton First, dunno if that kind of connection is worth much in the trade market. Second, the attraction of a McDavid type player is also that fills a void on the Leafs, no team is going to give up that kind of player in that kind of deal.

  • conebone69

    dlb eh conebone69 That’s actually a very good question. Fraser – Gardiner sounds a bit dangerous. But he can’t go back to Franson – Fraser because that means we’re left with Gardiner – Reilly, which cant be done.

  • Mind Bomb

    wiski  Yep better if was 3 grams :) PPP