Leafs Prospect Update – November 10

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Matt Finn is your reigning OHL Defenseman of the month.

With Finn, the points never quite tell the whole story, but for the sake of a ‘once upon a time,’ the captain of the Storm has registered 18 points in 18 games to start the year, putting him fourth in OHL scoring among defensemen.  Add to this the news that Finn has been named to Team Canada in the upcoming Subway Super Series, and that he’s led Guelph to the best record in the OHL to start the season, and it’s been a great start for the 19-year old defenseman.

Finn continues to play in all situations with the Storm and at the OHL level he excels at everything.  His skating is strong, his shot is heavy, and he makes smart plays with and without the puck.  The only real weakness in his game, if there is one, is that he doesn’t play a particularly physical game.  Finn is a legitimate candidate for this year’s World Junior team and he looks like he’ll be more than ready to make an impact with the Marlies this time next year.

Connor Brown is still leading the OHL scoring race and Verhaeghe, despite a somewhat less productive two weeks (though he did have a hattrick…), remains in 7th.

2013 first round pick Frederik Gauthier picked up 3 points in 2 games this weekend and is now registering a point per game after a slow statistical start to the season.  I haven’t seen him play yet this year so I’ll defer to a good twitter-follow Tobias Drundridge: “my only complaint is that he doesn’t seem to have any confidence in his shot. Always dishing. Other than that I like what I see.”

Have a good Remembrance Day, everyone.

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
-
1
  • mike_84

    Brown looking pretty good for a 6th round pick

  • Optimustic

    Thanks for the update Curt,  Always nice to know what’s happening with our future.
    Marlies lost 6 – 3 tonight, but Abbott and Brennan had 2 assists in the loss.  Leivo Smith and D’Amigo had the goals, and Carrick and Broll had an assist each.  
    Great to see Brennan racking up the points.

  • mike_84

    Optimustic Wonder if/when Brennan will get a chance

  • http://www.bluechipprospects.blogspot.com/ bcphockeyblog

    -Keon- MacWilliam is young and has some warts so he’ll probably be the odd man out from time to time.  Not sure if this was a healthy scratch or a maintenance situation though

  • Optimustic

    -Keon- yeah, it was 4 – 3 until the last couple of minutes when the Heat scored on a penalty shot and added an empty netter.  We lost two nights in a row to them now,

  • mike_84

    -Keon- I was really impressed with MacWilliam in preseason. Could be a replacement for Fraser in the years to come.

  • http://www.bluechipprospects.blogspot.com/ bcphockeyblog

    -Keon- That’s true enough but pro-speed is an adjustment

  • http://www.bluechipprospects.blogspot.com/ bcphockeyblog

    mike_84 Optimustic Me too.  Bit of a logjam on the backend though.  Have to think after the look Nonis gave at the end of last night’s game that he’d love to swap out one of our 6-7 defensemen for a serviceable forward

  • Optimustic

    mike_84 Optimustic Good question. He played 11 games with the Sabres and 19 with the Panthers, you’d have to think he’ll get a look sometime.

  • mike_84

    Optimustic mike_84 I wonder if part of it has to do with the fact he would probably be exposed to waivers to get sent back down.  With the numbers he’s putting up i could see a team pick him up at 600k

  • mike_84

    What would you guys resign McClement for?

  • Cameron19

    mike_84 I’m hoping 4 years, 8 million, or less (maybe 7 – 7.5). Could see it being a bit higher though.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    mike_84 
    2.25(ish) for 3 or 4 years.

  • mike_84

    Cameron19 mike_84 I think he might get more then that on the open market. I don’t want to let him get to market and find that out.

  • whalz

    lol why? you wouldnt go 3 yrs? he is a great PK player and can play a shutdown role…faceoff guy and stlll young enough,,,,,id go 2.25 x 3yrs and lock this guy up……i think the major question will be how much does Bolland get?

  • Cameron19

    mike_84 Cameron19 Yea, but so would a guy like Chimera who just resigned..  Hopefully McClement actually wants to be here and takes a bit of a discount on what he could get.

  • mike_84

    @whalz 4 year 16M for Bolland prob gonna ask for 4 year 20M. Hell in the new NHL hes gonna want 7-8 years at 5M

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    @whalz 
    I’m hoping Bolland likes being a Leaf and gives us a hometown discount.

  • mike_84

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan It also matters if he’s our 2nd line C or 3rd line. Theres a big price dif in those roles

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    mike_84 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    I don’t really see that role being 100% defined for him to be quite honest…perhaps a bit of both.  Like McC, there are intangibles to Bolland’s game that have value for us.  He’s been given a higher profile role with more responsibilities as a Leaf compared to when he was a Hawk…and he has responded well (before he went down).  It won’t be as simple as saying he’s a 3rd liner and should only be making what regular 3rd liners make.

  • mike_84

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 Ya he has the intangibles that will raise his asking price. On the other hand his injury history should cause that price to come back down a bit.

  • Cameron19

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 He was the 2nd line C for the Hawks when they won the Cup.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    mike_84 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 
    Good point (was just thinking the same thing).  At least it’s not a concussion.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Cameron19 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 
    I was under the impression that he was not relied upon to the same extent in Chicago as he is here in Toronto.  Kinda buried behind all their depth.  I could be wrong (I never paid much attn to Chicago).

  • mike_84

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 Ya once he’s healthy and gets the strength back he should be back to his normal self

  • gunner_36

    Thanks for the update Curt, I always look forward to these prospect updates. Really excited about some of these young players and most of them keep impressing, so kudos to Leafs management and scouts.
    Good night MLHS, and remember to wear your poppies tomorrow everyone!

  • whalz

    so thats the issue:
    bozak 4.25
    kadri will command 4mil+ on his next contract
    bolland 4-5?
    i guess you can say bozak + bolland equals GETZLAFS contract or Malkin……

  • Cameron19

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Cameron19 mike_84 No, he actually had a more prominent role in Chicago last year.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Cameron19 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 
    Interesting.  I thought it was the opposite.  I stand corrected.

  • Cameron19

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Cameron19 mike_84 It was true for when they won their first cup.  He was on the 3rd line then with Ladd and Versteeg.  But even then, I think they were getting quite a bit of ice time, and mostly against top lines – so still a really significant role.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Nice picture of matt Finn. If this kid can stay healthy and continue to get stronger , faster , quicker, smarter, the leafs will have another blue chip asset on their hands.  As good or better than cody ceci imo.

  • Leafbites

    I know we like to bitch about there being more teams in the East, but right now TBay would be the only East team in a playoff position in the West, and barely. I think I’m going to drop that complaint for now, at least for a bit, anyway.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Cameron19 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 
    Cool beans.  All I know is, I really like what he brings to the Leafs.

  • GreekGod

    Cameron19 mike_84 
    Heard a little after the season started from a reporter on TSN that McClement is very happy here in Toronto and wants to stay.

  • Cameron19

    Leafbites Yea, that will probably even out though. Remember, those teams also get to play against shit like Edmonton more often in a smaller conference. We have weak teams, but don’t see them as often.

  • loomx

    Leafbites Yeah. Florida and Buffalo can hardly be considered teams so it evens out.

  • hobarth

    Cameron19 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 
    Bolland finished the playoffs as a 4th liner.

  • Cameron19

    hobarth Cameron19 Bon Scott was a Leaf fan mike_84 12 minutes a night isn’t a 4th liner, but yea, he did slide down in the playoffs.  I know he never really clicked with Hossa and Sharp, for whatever reason.

  • Cameron19

    -Keon- That’s going to balance out over time.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Leafbites I’d never complain about being in the East

  • HeatherRickAkin

    I have been trying to get glimpses of the Leaf kids in the OHL , and I know of three….Brown , Verhaghe and Finn. It does look like Finn is a nice pkg. , with some size, hands and a good skater. I did see him get roasted the other night when a guy went around him , unimpeded, and ended up scoring a great goal. No matter…every D man gets beat now and again. Finn looks very composed out there . Brown is playing well, but its hard to know if he is a real prospect, as he plays with wunderkind McDavid.  . Sure would be nice if Verhaghe found consistency to his game, but he is still really young, even in the O . Finn, at this point, might be the defence prospect with the best chance to be a Leaf in 2-3  years . I wonder if Percy is sort of similar to Finn ?

  • Burtonboy

    CanuckUKinToronto Connor Brown could well be in the mix as well. He was and still remains something of a project because of his size but there’s no denying his offensive skill.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks Best Ford Joke so far ?

  • Burtonboy

    -Keon- Wonder what the record of the better Eastern teams is against the West . Tampa ,Pens ,Boston,Toronto etc.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Burtonboy CanuckUKinToronto 
    This is true. I saw him last Sunday live against the Knights.  He’s like a water bug out there, always working an he does seem a little bigger than last year.  While McDavid is one smooth player, I would not say that Brown is just riding his coat tails.  It’s hard to make a judgment just on one game and Erie had been playing late the night before. They were clearly tired and struggling that particular game. Hopefully a Versteeg without the attitude and a little more aggressiveness.
    I saw Finn live last Thursday and he seems to be bigger and faster than last year, but the couple of times I did seem him last year he had been struggling with illness and injury. Really good all round game although he did let a London dman go round him in overtime to score. Standing next to Bo Horvat, he was at least half an inch taller which puts him at least 6’1″.  Horvat was definitely thicker but that guy is a tank.  Overall I really like Finn’s progression and obviously his numbers speak for themselves.

  • Dink

    CanuckUKinToronto Maybe 1 of them

  • Uncle Otis

    Keon’s a Jet fan ? 😉
    http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hdpid=49&id=482288&lang=en

  • Mind Bomb

    Uncle Otis  Cant be there was no Skirt ! 

    :) P

  • wendelsfist

    Will Holzer ever amount to anything in the NHL?   He looks to be nothing more then a depth dman if everyone gets hurt

  • 4evrblue

    wendelsfist yeah it looks that way.