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Leafs Prospect Update – December 1

Welcome to North American hockey, Fabrice Herzog.

When a player makes the adjustment to the smaller ice, the rougher game, and the tougher competition, you expect there’s going to be something of a learning curve.  If the last two games are any indication, the Leafs‘ 5th rounder out of Switzerland is starting to put things together.

If you’re looking to judge a CHL prospect that you haven’t seen by their stats, I’m a proponent of looking at their point shares relative to the rest of their team.  Comparing a London Knight to a Moose Jaw Warrior with no regard for the difference in the numbers those teams put up doesn’t make a lot of sense. Well, Herzog has notched 3 goals in his last 2 games and his Ramparts have only managed a total of 5 goals during that time.  In fact, Herzog has scored 18 of Quebec’s 98 goals on the year, putting him second in team scoring.

In the OHL, not much has changed among Leafs prospects.  Connor Brown is still setting the pace for OHL scorers with 55 points in 28 games.  Carter Verhaeghe is falling off the pace a bit but still sits 8th in the OHL with 43 points and picked up a goal in the lone game he played in the Subway Super Series against the Russian Selects.  Among defensemen, Matt Finn is fourth in OHL scoring at just under a point-per-game (25 in 26).

Reminder: It’s the first day of December and the World Juniors are just around the corner.

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Forwards

NAMEHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEBIRTH PLACETEAMGPGAPts
SPENCER ABBOTT5' 9"17025HAMILTON, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)64175269
TYLER BIGGS6' 2"20520BINGHAMTON, NY, USAMarlies (AHL)54729
CONNOR BROWN5' 11"16019TORONTO, ON, CANErie (OHL)
Erie (Playoffs)
68
7
45
3
83
9
128
12
TONY CAMERANESI5' 9"16220MAPLE GROVE, MN, USAU of Duluth (NCAA)3671421
SAM CARRICK6' 0"18821MARKHAM, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)56101727
BRANDON KOZUN5'8"18024LOS ANGELES, CA, USAManchester (AHL)
Marlies (AHL)
43
26
10
7
19
9
29
16
JERRY D'AMIGO5' 11"20822BINGHAMTON, NY, USAMarlies (AHL)
Maple Leafs (NHL)
46
21
19
1
11
2
30
3
JAMIE DEVANE6' 5"21722MISSISAUGA, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Leafs (NHL)
49
1
4
0
3
0
7
0
FREDERIK GAUTHIER6' 5"21418ST-LIN, QC, CANRimouski (QMJHL)
Canada (WJC)
Rimouski (Playoffs)
54
7
6
18
0
2
34
1
3
52
1
5
FABRICE HERZOG6' 2"17618FRAUENFELD, CHEQuebec (QMJHL)
Switzerland (WJC)
Quebec (Playoffs)
61
5
5
32
3
3
26
0
2
58
3
5
GREG MCKEGG6' 0"19121ST. THOMAS, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Maple Leafs (NHL)
59
1
172643
0
BRAD ROSS6' 0"17521EDMONTON, AB, CANMarlies (AHL)50628
RYAN RUPERT5' 8"18619GRAND BEND, ON, CANLondon (OHL)
London (Playoffs)
68
5
21
2
52
7
73
9
KENNY RYAN6' 0"20422FRANKLIN VILLAGE, MI, USAMarlies (AHL)4451015
DOMINIC TONINATO6' 1"16519DULUTH, MN, USAU of Duluth (NCAA)357815
JOSH LEIVO6'2"19520INSIFIL, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Leafs (NHL)
56
7
20
1
18
1
38
2
DAVID BROLL6'3"23520MISSISSAUGA, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)
Leafs (NHL)
59
5
313
1
16
1
CARTER VERHAEGHE6' 1"18118TORONTO, ON, CANNiagara (OHL)65
6
28
2
54
2
82
4
ANDREAS JOHNSON5'10"17218GAVLE, SWEFrolunda (SHL)
Frolunda (Playoffs)
44
7
15
1
9
0
24
1

Defencemen

NAMEHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEBIRTH PLACETEAMGPGAPTS
ANDREW MACWILLIAM6'2"22623CALGARY, AB, CANMarlies (AHL)5799
MAX EVERSON6' 1"18420EDINA, MN, USAHarvard U (NCAA)2366
MATTHEW FINN6' 0"19919TORONTO, ON, CANGuelph (OHL)
Guelph (Playoffs)
66
6
14
2
47
3
61
5
PETTER GRANBERG6' 3"20021GALLIVARE, SWEMarlies (AHL)69246
ERIC KNODEL6' 6"21623WEST CHESTER, PA, USAU of New Hampshire (NCAA)
Marlies (AHL)
36

4
7

0
19

2
26

2
VIKTOR LOOV6' 1"18720SODERTALJE, SWEModo (SHL)
Modo (Playoffs)
42
2
5
0
7
0
12
0
TOM NILSSON6' 0"17620MORA, SWEFrolunda (SHL)
Froluna (Playoffs)
50
7
2
0
2
0
4
0
STUART PERCY6' 1"18720OAKVILLE, ON, CANMarlies (AHL)6522022
ZACHARY YUEN6' 0"19620VANCOUVER, BC, CANOrlando (ECHL)
Marlies (AHL)
48
1
1
0
11
0
12
0

Goalies

NAMEHEIGHTWEIGHTAGEBIRTH PLACETeamRecordGAASV%SO
ANTOINE BIBEAU6' 3"20719VICTORIAVILLE, QC, CANCharlottetown
Val d-Or (QMJHL)
Val d-Or (Playoffs)
8-11-5
13-8-1
5-1
3.29
3.03
1.84
.911
.900
.913
1
1
1
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON6' 1"18820KARKKILA, FINMarlies (AHL)
Orlando (ECHL)
5-3-0
7-9-2
2.02
3.17
.931
.889
GARRET SPARKS6' 2"20020ELMHURST, IL, USAMarlies (AHL)
Orlando (ECHL)
10-6-1
4-6-1
2.59
2.82
.917
.916
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85 comments
TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Good News:  I get the start in net and hope to play like Bernier today

Bad News:  Sold workout yesterday means my lower body feels like Toskala.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Good Morning Guys.....hoping to see us play up to the competition and have a better week of hockey and thanks for the write up, Curt.....always nice to hear about our youngsters.  :)

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

Sad when you guys are talking about how we have to rely on a 19 yr old to make this team better on the back end.  Fack.

Wilbur
Wilbur

Pierre McGuire on TSN radio just now was asked why the Leafs are struggling. Here's more or less his response in point form…

1) Leafs are spending way too much time in their own zone because of the opponents initial forecheck and then get hemmed in their end. 

2) Teams aren't scared at all to forecheck the Leafs. Even MTL a somewhat non-aggressive team was extremely aggressive on the forecheck Saturday night.

3) Leafs have too many defencemen that aren't able to either get to the puck quickly, move the puck quickly or make quick decisions.

4) The puck isn't getting to the outlet man soon enough.

When he was talking about how to solve the struggles he did intimate possible issues with the system but his general conversation primarily focused on the limited puck abilities of too many of our defencemen and the lack of fear teams have of putting it in deep and attacking our defencemen. 

We may make fun of McGuire on here from time to time but for the most part he knows his stuff. It's hard to argue with the points he made.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Nice to have a topic which allows us to forget the troubles of the Leafs for a moment.  The WJC team will likely invite Finn, Gauthier, Connor Brown and Ryan Rupert.  Rielly would be there if the Leafs weren't so desperate.  Consider there's still Verhaeghe and Andreas Johnson having stellar season.  Future is bright. 

I predict the Stanley Cup in 2017, 50th anniversary of the last.  Seems about right.

And I look forward to MLHS Olympic coverage. At least I imagine there'll be continuing blogs on Team Canada. We can all root and trade commentary on an actual contending team! With a Leaf on the sweater, imagine.

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

@TheCanucksnaphook LOL......Maybe you should settle for heading down to the MCC to gather some insider info......inquiring minds on this site want to know wtf is going on with our team...lol  :)

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Mind Bomb Will it make the fact that you slaughtered me in our pool any better?

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Wilbur I dunno, I find the dmen don't have suitable and reliable outlets.  T dmen could be harder on the puck, more determined, but you watch the hightlights, or Katsaros analyses, and it just seems the Leafs Dmen consistently have nowhere to go.   

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Wilbur I was just listening to that Wilbur and I think he's dead on . Times I feel like we have a bunch of Mike Komisarek's on our back end 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Wilbur @Mind Bomb  No Idea Wilbur,it was on Canoe, and made me laugh, thought maybe some could use a Laugh on here

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb  Maybe, you did come back and win one catagory bro :) 

And you will get me next time, I had a lucky week is all lol


Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@MaxwellHowe @Wilbur The Ducks regressed to giving up 40 + shots a game when they lost Pronger and Neidermyer. Obvious personnel problem. I think the biggest problem is the people on we have on the back end myself 

Wilbur
Wilbur

@Burtonboy @Wilbur Dion is an average to above average puck mover. He's not an issue. Rielly and Gardiner can move the puck by skating it and passing it. Their issue is primarily their inexperience. Gunnar is not a strong puck mover but since he's currently our most reliable Dman after Dion he gets tons of minutes when on a cup contender he ought to be a 3rd pairing guy. After that I don't trust the puck skills and decision making of any of our Dmen.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@hoolihan @MaxwellHowe It may all be a blessing in disguise.  A good game, maybe a win (who knows?) against a top tiered team like San Jose or LA or Chicago might give the guys the shot of confiednce they so desperately need.

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@wendelsway1 @Mind Bomb For me same as always and you wont like it :) 

First off I trade RC, he has not realized he does not have the personal for his systems, there horrible to watch, and its not entertaining. 

 I then dip into our depth of young Talent on D and bite the bullet and trade for some NHL D men, only Rielly and Dion I keep, maybe Gunnar

I then Bench Kadri, send a Message, your team needs you to step up, you can do it, we have seen it, you have proved it, now do it. 

Flame away folks :)


Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Cameron19 @Mind Bomb  Aye bro, that makes a Huge Difference. I got Rask with my second Pick. I Remember 2 years ago when we drafted I took Tavares with my First ahead of Perry Sedin etc, a few people poked fun at me. :)


Cameron19
Cameron19

@-Keon- You've gotta think he's an easy signing for us if he's a guy worth having. We really missed the boat on DeKeyser last year though.  These college kids are really hard to place based on stats.  I mean obviously you should never judge a player solely on stats, but with juniors, it's easier to look at and see approximately what they can do. 

Wilbur
Wilbur

@Burtonboy @Wilbur @MaxwellHowe Yup. I don't see why Dion, Morgan, Jake and Carl can't be a solid core to be built on to contend in two years.

2015/2016

Rielly/Phaneuf

Gardiner/???

Gunnar/???

Reimer or Berneir or Both



Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy @Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe @Wilbur Borderline moronic. I've seen enough of Paul Ranger though, and Mark Fraser is not going to cut it with his knees in braces, and Cody Franson is about to break the camels back, 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Wilbur @MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy Exactly what I want to see in Toronto . We have a coule of young PMD's that can fill the bill. Remains to be seen if Carlyle thinks that way at all.

Wilbur
Wilbur

@Burtonboy @Wilbur @MaxwellHowe I agree but after sending him down and leaving him their for almost a 3rd of the season I have a hard time seeing RC swallowing his pride and brining him back up. That's a big "I was wrong, we need you".

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe @Wilbur I have been meaning to look that up for a while Bboy, I was sure that post Pronger the Carlyle system resulted in a billion shots against in Anaheim, and they missed the playoffs. Glad to see the "eye test" matches up with the numbers

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The following year they got Visnovsky, added Fowler, and signed Lydman, and they returned to the playoffs when Carlyle started relying on puck movers.  He even came to like that brand of defender better than what he seems to employ here. You would think he would have learned his lesson...

Wilbur
Wilbur

@MaxwellHowe @Burtonboy @Wilbur I love the way CHI D is built.

Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, Oduya, Leddy, Rozsival, Kostka.

You can put them in order of best to worst but they have an excellent 1-2 punch and all their D can skate and move the puck and are pretty heady players.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe @Wilbur Of course that is likely true, but you did raise an important point.  RC has relied on a system that worked with two hall of famer defencemen (Pronger will be there obviously).  Maybe RC is simply overrated as a result.  I mean, has there been a more impressive D1 and D2 ever than thise two?  Neidermayer and Stevens maybe.  Oh yeah, they managed to get a few Stanley Cups as well.

Carlyle is impressing me less each week.

Wilbur
Wilbur

@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe @Wilbur We need Rielly and Gardiner (presuming he doesn't get moved) to mature and we need significant upgrades on the 3 you mentioned. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Burtonboy @MaxwellHowe @Wilbur So are you implying that Randy Carlyle's approach to hockey, his general strategy, requires a Pronger and Neidermeyer at the back end?  Because i don't see their equivalent in the trade market.  if thats what RC requires to build a winning team, then the Leafs defintitely need a new coach.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Wilbur @Burtonboy Been saying for months I want to see a faster d that can pass. I will be extremely pissed if we trade Liles for the likes of Tim Gleason who is only a slight step above Komi at this point in his career