Leafs Prospect Update: World Junior Wrap Up

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And that’s a wrap on the 2014 World Junior Championships.  I’m sure most of you reading this were hoping for a better result for the Canadian Juniors but, alas, it was not to be.  A lack of scoring, some lacklustre goaltending at times, and not enough speed to breakdown trap teams like the Finns were the downfall for Canada, who once again  find themselves off the podium.  Here’s hoping for a better result on NHL-sized ice next year.

Now that the dust has settled, I thought I’d have a quick look at each of the three Leafs involved in the tournament.

Andreas Johnson

Stat Line: 3 Goals, 3 Assists, 6 Points in 7 Games

Role: Johnson, like basically every other Swedish forward, was used in a scoring role during the tournament.  The Swedes had the best balance of scoring of any team in the tournament and Johnson was a part of that.  Mostly, he skated with Collberg and Wallmark and saw some powerplay time during the course of the competition.

Positives: Johnson has some really great patience with the puck and seems to know when to hold up, when to push through, and when to lay it off to a teammate.  His offensive instincts were strong throughout and his numbers and usage reflected that.

Concerns: Johnson isn’t the biggest guy and that probably isn’t going to change.  Despite his 3 goals in the tournament, it looked to me as though his shot was unexceptional.

Frederik Gauthier

Stat Line: 0 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Point in 7 Games

Role: Gauthier was used in a checking / defensive role by Canada.  If there was a faceoff that needed winning, he was the guy on the ice.  He saw a little bit of PK time and a very little bit of powerplay time.  Gauthier saw some time with Laughton early, but probably spent the most time skating with Anderson and Rychel.

Positives: Gauthier was used as a faceoff specialist because he was exceptional at it.  His defensive game was reasonably solid and his skating was strong, particularly for a player of his size.  Gauthier’s cycle game was also a strength as he and his linemates were often able to pin the opposition deep in their own zone.

Concerns: When Gauthier was on the ice, nobody got scoring chances and that includes Canada.  As much time as he spent in the offensive zone cycling the puck, it rarely led to anything.  His forecheck was a little disappointing given his combination of speed and size.  He’s also afflicted with a similar aversion to having the puck on his stick as Tyler Biggs was last season in Oshawa (though less pronounced) — hopefully he’ll gain confidence with age.

Fabrice Herzog

Stat Line:  3 Goals, 0 Assists, 3 Points, 5 Games

Role: Herzog was one of the primary scoring options for the Swiss, finishing second on the team in points and first in goal scoring.  I didn’t see Herzog play as much as Johnson or Gauthier, but when I did see him play it didn’t seem like he and the Swiss top point producer, Kevin Fiala, were playing together at even-strength. They looked awfully good together on the powerplay.

Positives: Herzog works his tail off.  He was player of the game against the Canadians in their game and was also named one of the Swiss top-3.  Having a workmanlike attitude in games  your team is expected to lose is a definite positive.  Herzog went to the net hard and had long, rangy puck moves.  His shot looked like a strength to me but again, I only saw two of his games.

Concerns: Herzog’s skating looked a bit slushy to me in my viewings but at the same time it never really seemed to cost him — I’d need a couple more games to have a stronger opinion on that, but in the interest of putting something in this heading, that’s the issue that stuck out to me.

One last note, all three of the Leafs prospects in this year’s tournament are eligible to return next year and I’d expect that to be the case.  If the Leafs  manage a strong draft in 2014, we might have a lot to talk about this time next year.

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
  • lieffan

    WOW at Connor Brown’s stat line.

    Looked like he took the World Junior snub the right way – killing it in the O while Canada failed.

  • mcloki

    How long till Brown gets a crack at the lineup? Marlies or Leafs.

  • lieffan

    mcloki He’ll go to the Marlies next season and  then we’ll see how he does there against pro speed and size.

  • mcloki

    Hopefully he can keep it up.

  • Optimustic

    Sparks got the win yesterday with the Marlies,  these stats may not have been updated for a few days.

  • Xxxxxnew

    The thing I keep reminding myself about Gauthier is he was at the young end of his draft, turned 18 just six weeks before we picked him.

  • Optimustic

    Carter Aston seems to be missing.  Is he not considered a prospect?   Not sure, but I believe he’s younger than Abbott, and has better stats as well,

  • Optimustic

    Just checked, 15 pts in 14 games with the Marlies at 22 years old.   Might have been omitted because he’s been with the Leafs so much.

  • Burtonboy

    Way too early to determine anything about  these prospects yet . For the ones still in jr. come back and talk to me is 2-3 yrs time

  • Optimustic

    Burtonboy Agreed, other than maybe Abbott who’s 25 now.

  • Burtonboy

    Optimustic Burtonboy The guys with Marlies are a little closer

  • Optimustic

    Burtonboy Optimustic yeah, I’m starting to hope they’re really close after last night.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    The problem I see with Hockey Canada management is they apply they same thought process to their lines as they do an NHL team. Hockey Canada has to realize that they have no salary cap! If an NHL team can afford to roll 4 lines of the most elite players they can get they would do it in a heart beat

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    hey guys, anyone have a link to the last episode of 24/7, is it on youtube yet?

  • NotSince67

    @lieffan  Connor Brown was not snubbed, Max Domi and Slater Koekkoek were snubs. 
    You have to be able to discern a points leader in the OHL from a high-end prospect. Case in point. In 2010-2011 Tyler Toffoli was 1st in OHL scoring, positing by years end 108 points. Toffoli combines with Shane Prince (2nd Rd, that season was tied for 10th in points) and Ryan Martindale (3rd Rd) to form the top line that year in the OHL for the Ottawa 67s. Also of note, Jason Akeson as an OA player tied with Toffoli with 108. That year Greg McKegg finished up 8th in his draft +1 year. Christian Thomas finished 6th in points, and was 2nd in goals with 54.
    Now, how did all these players pan out? Toffoli is playing minute in LA, and is on path to become a tru NHLer, who plays a significant role for several seasons. Shane Prince is also tracking well looking at his stats in Bingo of the AHL. Martindale finally escaped bouncing between the AHL and ECHL. Christian Thomas is now a 3rd year pro in the AHL, but did manage to get into a lone NHL game last season. Greg McKegg is an NHL uncertainty, and quite possibly will never get past a cup of coffee. Jason Akeson is a 3rd year pro, who has spent time between the ECHL, AHL, and scored a goal in his lone NHL game last season.
    It’s hard to argue these guys are top flight prospects, they’re all players who for the most part, struggling to seperate themselves from the pack in the pro ranks.
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/top_league.php?lid=ohl1989&sid=2011&leaguenm=OHL

  • Burtonboy

    Optimustic Burtonboy Frankly I only see Ashton as being ready . I had high hopes for some of the D but it appears to me even the likes of Percy and Grandberg will require another yr or so. Very difficult to integrate a rookie with the d corp we have with the Leafs. Rielly being the exception because of his skill level.

  • NotSince67

    The_Polish_Cannon Driving home from the Maple Trout game today I wondered how you cut Shinkaruk and bring Josh Anderson. Likewise the argument bringing Hudon or Gauthier over more skilled centres like Max Domi, or Adam Pelech vs. Slater Koekkoek diminishes the overall level of talent.

  • NotSince67

    Burtonboy Devane could be ready…. for his 4 minutes of face punching.

  • NotSince67

    Optimustic Ashton probably has too many GP in the NHL. (33)

  • Optimustic

    Burtonboy Optimustic Yeah, D”Amigo has surprised me though.  Always liked his game, but didn’t thing he was as ready as he’s been.  ( limited role but still playing it well)

  • Jay_Berg

    Nurse as well.
    Awful roster decisions

  • NotSince67

    Jay_Berg Nurse is kinda a big brain fart. But he’s ultra talented. Same as Dumba.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    NotSince67 The_Polish_Cannon USA seems to be doing the same thing with their olympic team (Snubbing Yandle and Ryan, bringing in Brooks Orpik). Hopefully, on tuesday, Hockey Canada doesn’t announce Matt Cooke and Chris Neil or something for the olympic team

  • Optimustic

    NotSince67 Burtonboy But could he be as good as Orr and McLaren have been lately?   please read extreme sarcasm here.

  • NotSince67

    Optimustic NotSince67 Burtonboy Honestly, he might be able to handle Orr because of his reach. McLaren would probably feed him his lunch and show him the ropes. But Devane is a kid who has left a trail of TKOs and KOs and that’s not really that common to get a kid with NHL Enforcer size who not only fights, but can KO his opponent.
    I’m not really gonna address that dig because you sound like Don Sanderson’s mother. If you don’t like it, boo hoo. Go watch the SEL or house league atoms.

  • Optimustic

    NotSince67 Optimustic That’s what I’m thinking too.  Not sure what the cut off is for games played with the Leafs or players age.

  • theacs1966

    Jay_Berg That one was a noodle scratcher.  He got concussed in the pre season, maybe that has affected his play?

  • Optimustic

    Eric Knodel – 6’6″ 225# .  Is he going to be more than a face puncher?   Has anyone seen him play?

  • Optimustic

    TheCanucksnaphook Optimustic Thanks

  • Xxxxxnew

    He’s in college I think. No face punching there.

  • Optimustic

    TheCanucksnaphook Optimustic Yeah, could use some of his size, if he’s a useful player.

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook No very sane sick of the bulshit team comments 😉

  • NotSince67

    Xxxxxnew I almost said that till I realized Parros, Brown and Scott all came via the NCAA.

  • wiski

    TheCanucksnaphook Yaknowwhat start wearing compression shirts they help

  • Xxxxxnew

    Very true. All smart enough to realize their playmaking wouldn’t land them NHL jobs. Always been impressed with Parros’s degree.

  • Optimustic

    Xxxxxnew I see that he’s at the U of NH.   No face punching, but lots of players that’ll never be NHLers unless they become face punchers.  He’ll be 24 this year, so we’ll likely find out one way or the other before too long.

  • Dangle_My_Berries

    Yaknowwhat connor brown FTW

  • vinoa

    The_Polish_Cannon NotSince67 Orr for Sochi?

  • Leafs_17

    Yaknowwhat iunno how they can justify not taking Connor Brown and say they took they best players

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Pretty rational actually.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/kevin_mcgranhttps://twitter.com/kevin_mcgran/status/419959434001924096
    Listening to God Save Ireland in a Scottish pub in Sweden with happy Finns. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Malmo&src=hash

  • theacs1966

    Optimustic Burtonboy Only a 2nd year pro.  Getting more than double the points of last year, on a team that doesn’t have an high end offensive players.  Time to give him a look, see what he can do.  An all Marlie line, D’Amigo, Abbott, Ashton/Broll.

  • Cameron19

    NotSince67 Never been big on McKegg, but he seems to be taking a step forward this year.  7 points in his last 7 games, and a pretty big role on a winning club. Still only 21.

  • Great Dane

    Been away so I didn’t see the Rangers game, but I have one question:

    How many games before we are out the wild card position?

  • wiski

    Great Dane at least 2 more

  • JMAC17

    Great Dane too soon

  • DWCMLHS

    Leafs_17 Yaknowwhat Brown isn’t that great, though. He’s pretty good at everything, but not exceptional at anything. He can dominate against average junior competition, but likely wouldn’t have been nearly as effective against teams full of high-end talent. 

    Domi and Nurse being left off the team was stupid, though. And Shinkaruk would have made it, had he been at 100%.

  • wendelsfist

    The Finns won but they didn’t bring or have the best goal scorers.  I think Sweden or maybe Canada did.  That said, I only saw one Finland game but what kind of team did Finland bring?  There best offensive player or a balance of scoring and checking, or their best two way forwards?    From what I saw, they were the hardest working team vs the Canada/Sweden and had a pretty decent goalie too.

  • Great Dane

    CanuckUKinToronto That can’t happen fast enough – give away/take away is a disaster; GF/GA is a disaster.
    How many games is season a hte Leafs given up more than 50 shots.

  • theacs1966

    NotSince67 Optimustic Burtonboy Broll looks to have more offensive upside, but I was impressed with DeVane’s soft hands in front of the net during the pre season.  Could be a decent bottom six guy in the next year or 2.