Leafs Prospect Update: World Junior Wrap Up

Leafs Prospect Update: World Junior Wrap Up

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
-
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.JVR.
.JVR.

If I were picking the team, I'd probably go with something like this:


Kunitz - Crosby - Neal 
Tavares - Stamkos - St. Louis 
Giroux - Toews - Sharp 
Duchene - Getzlaf - Perry 
Benn - Thornton 

Keith - Doughty 
Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo 
Vlasic - Weber 
Phaneuf - Subban 
(I think Phaneuf should be on the team, but I believe Hamhuis, Seabrook or Boyle will be) 

Price 
Luongo 

Fleury

Cameron19
Cameron19

Anyone watching 'That's Hockey'.  They're blaming the Leafs for slamming Kadri "in the media".  How fucking ignorant can you be?

JR from Halifax
JR from Halifax

What's up fellas? Haven't been around to read anything today......any news?

ingy56
ingy56

Another "tired" team coming into town tomorrow...oh goodie.

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Jmessih If we were to take every stat at face value we would be in a lottery position 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

He's staying in but it sure looked like he hurt his groin

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@Cameron19 I listened to Carlyle's and Kadri's interview today . Sounds to me like they are both on the same page but reporting that would be boring . Gotta have a controversy no matter what.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@TheCanucksnaphook Clearly the average ontarian didn;t drink beer in the winter at school or something. I was baffled by that... ice strom, sub zero temps and your food is thawing...

Must be a rocket surgeon.

ingy56
ingy56

@wiski Shit, good luck moving Briere...suckers. 

JR from Halifax
JR from Halifax

@wiski I am hanging out here, by myself I think......nothing I am not accustomed to

Cameron19
Cameron19

@wiski My biggest hope is that he turns out to be for us what Willie Mitchell was for the Kings. 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih


Why exactly would you break up Getzlaf/Perry and Stamkos/St. Louis, who already have built in chemistry?

Cameron19
Cameron19

@TheCanucksnaphook @Cameron19 Johnson was like, "The Leafs have got to stop going to the media to slam Kadri". In one way, it was nice, because they were actually defending him and talking about his elite level skills. However, it's frustrating that they think the Leafs are going to the media to create this drama. What is Carlyle supposed to do when every reporter is asking him about the slump? 

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih

Doesn't score at their rate?

I'm pretty sure he has more goals than either of them, haha.

.JVR.
.JVR.

@Jmessih


I guess we're not medaling then, cause Sharp is gonna be there!

DWCMLHS
DWCMLHS

@Jmessih @wendelsfist Sharp is better defensively than Lupul. And you should check the facts before you make claims about a player's role. Sharp has played with Toews and Hossa this season. Kane is the one that has been on the 2nd line, playing with all sorts of different linemates, including Saad, Handzus and Versteeg. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@hoolihan @Cameron19 I guess that's it - just too many of them. I would like them to go cover some other teams too, and give Toronto fans maybe a bigger reference point.  I don't even care if they phrase it in a way that makes it all about the Leafs (i.e. "What can Nazem Kadri learn from the struggles of _________").

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The microscope is only getting more intensely focused here, and I feel like that's going to be a bad thing for this organization. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@hoolihan @Cameron19 I know, but that stuff turns into anger pretty quickly - by the fan base in general, not necessarily you. Part of the problem is that we only ever hear about and focus on the struggles of our players.  They wouldn't seem so severe if the media reported on struggling players a little more evenly.  Personally I'd like to hear about how some big stars like Nash and Staal are dealing with the fact that they're playing like garbage. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@hoolihan @Cameron19 You should. The constant need by this fan base and it's media to villainize struggling players is killing us as an organization, and it's that attitude that allows it to thrive. 

ingy56
ingy56

@TheCanucksnaphook @ingy56 Over the last month he's pretty much said his love for the sport is conditional. I have little use for his opinion.