Leafs Prospect Update – December 1

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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.

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
-
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  • Jay31

    Blacker’s still in the list

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    lesser known fact….Kessel pays for most team dinners….

  • Jay_Berg

    Biggs and Ross….yikes

  • DWCMLHS

    Off topic, but does anyone here still stay up-to-date with “The Walking Dead?” Insane episode tonight.

  • Cloud09

    So who’s this Andreas Johnson kid?? 17 points in 28 games for an 18 year old is nothing to sneeze at in the SHL.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Are we on the remedial thread?

  • Waiting4LSC

    I was hoping Toninato would be tearing it up. Injured?

  • Cloud09

    Waiting4LSC Pretty sure he is just a sophmore?? Don’t know how NCAA hockey works but I would be he is getting limited ice time in lieu of the seniors on the team.

  • Bobsyouruncle

    Waiting4LSC Stepped up the level of competition. Rookies in college don’t usually get significant roles to play.

  • Cloud09

    Jay_Berg No kidding… Biggs especially.

  • DWCMLHS

    Waiting4LSC He’s a freshman. Played USHL last year, NCAA now. And he was a 5th round pick. He has always been a big time long shot to ever become a useful NHLer.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    DWCMLHS 
    I haven’t seen any WD episodes thus far this season.  Gonna do a marathon over Christmas at my cottage.  I’ll be in the mountains for 2 full weeks with the following on tap:
    Sons Of Anarchy
    Walking Dead
    American Horror Story
    Ancient Aliens
    Homeland

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Connor Brown….Giddy Up!!

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Waiting4LSC 
    Tonto’s gonna be the sleeper pick from that draft.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Dangle_My_Berries 
    Seriously??

  • DWCMLHS

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Dangle_My_Berries What else is he going to spend his money on? Bozak has enough to buy his own Call of Duty games these days.

  • Waiting4LSC

    BYU and Cloud: appreciate the posts. I graduated out of the UK so miss these things.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Bon: that is my hope too.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Bon: I try to watch all of the Ancient Aliens series. Thought provoking. I try to balance its position, but the presents certainly make strong points.

  • LeafsForLife

    Thanks Curt. Great job as always. Enjoy the updates on prospects.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Waiting4LSC 
    I believe in the basic principal of the show (humans were a result of genetic engineering from many ET sources)…..but the show itself has gone off the deep end attributing anything and everything to aliens (which I find I bit much).  Still quite interesting though.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Curt: really appreciate the updates. Truth be told the current play of the Leafs has left me disinterested in a lot of leaf related things. I am really pleased that our recent draft picks seem to be doing extremely well. But they will be 1-3 years away. I was really hoping the staff knew what they were doing with the Gauthier selection but a number of reports have him behind later draft picks. Lot of good news, bad news. The Marlies are in real need of some solid offensive talent, so I remain hopeful that we have a good pipe-line through the Juniors. Recent history suggests we are improving but are still lagging way behind the Redwings organization in deliverables.

  • Komas Taberle

    Waiting4LSC 
    To be honest we don’t have 1 future star in the minors, refs will never let us win and Bettman hates us.
    Other than that, things are peachy.

  • Black_Hawk

    i’d send down Holland Asap. Needs to work on his d game

  • Jmessih

    Black_Hawk Better for him to play 1C with the Marlies work on all parts of his game, than sit in the press box here.

  • Waiting4LSC

    Guess we should all right letters to Santa! :)

  • Black_Hawk

    Jmessih Black_Hawk agreed

  • Black_Hawk

    dont know if anyone saw this but NHL .com had Dion making team CAN:http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=692704&navid=DL|NHL|home.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Cloud09 Jay_Berg  Don’t have a good feeling about Biggs. if he makes it to the NHL he may only have a very short window of NHL employment.  having said that I’ll gladly eat my words if Biggs proves me wrong

  • Black_Hawk

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan hope he can produce in the NHL as well

  • ProfessorRance

    Black_Hawk Good to see Bernier get a mention as well even though they didn’t project him on the team.

  • Jmessih

    ProfessorRance Black_Hawk So according to NHL.com, Dion makes team Canada, Phil and JVR make team USA, Kuli makes team Russia and Karmorov makes team Finland (yes I treat him like he is still on our team). Bernier got an up and coming mention for team Canada. Good for our boys getting recognized.

  • ProfessorRance

    Jmessih ProfessorRance Black_Hawk That is quite impressive compared to some teams I would say.

  • Great Dane

    ProfessorRance Jmessih Black_Hawk Can anyone explain why Carlyle get so little out of the talent he has at his disposal?

  • HeatherRickAkin

    That’s not a bad prospects group . No slam dunks, but I would guess that maybe there are 3 or 4 forwards who have a shot at the bigs. Same number of defencemen …about 3 or 4 .  At the end of the day , the Leafs would be pretty happy if , from that group, a total of 3 or 4 eventually made it .  If you had to pick one guy from that group, for me, its Gauthier . He already has the size, and in spite of being labelled a future #3 centre, he is putting up some numbers . I saw a glimpse of him, and he is pretty diligent out there , something the Leafs lack much of the time. His skating is fine and he has good puck pursuit. A longshot ? As someone mentioned earlier,  Andreas Johnson is doing really well , so, I will go with AJ .

  • Burtonboy

    Didn’t realize Matt Finn was that big . I knew he had decent height at 6 ft but weighing in at 199 is pretty good for a 19 yr old . I always got the impression he was lanky and much lighter then that .

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

    MaxwellHowe Burtonboy Wilbur Nope but you do need a lot better then Ranger ,Fraser and Franson.

  • Mind Bomb

    Good morning Folks

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Burtonboy

    Wilbur Burtonboy MaxwellHowe Yep . I would have Liles in in the lineup ASAP but I doubt RC will

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Morning