Maple Leafs Prospect Update – February 7

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The CHL Rankings are out, and Matt Finn’s Guelph Storm are ranked 2nd in the country with Connor Brown’s Erie Otters one behind in 3rd.  While character does not necessarily equate to hockey-playing ability, it’s nice to see a couple of Leafs draft picks captaining some of the most successful teams in the world’s best developmental league.

As far as Brown goes, he added a couple more assists last night and continues to charge ahead at a little better than two points per game.  Brown leads the OHL with 105 points, leaving him 16 points ahead of his nearest competition; he’s running away with this year’s scoring title.  People love comparables, so I’d throw out a guy like Mike Ribeiro as far as Brown’s ceiling goes. Not the best skater, but good hands and very good instincts.

Matt Finn scored a goal and added three assists in last night’s win, as he and the Storm are really firing on all cylinders lately.  Finn is now second in OHL scoring among defensemen and is 6 points clear of third-place Slater Koekkoek.  Finn is Mr. Everything for the Storm. I’ve compared him in the past to a less physical Francois Beauchemin.  He’s a strong defenseman with sneaky offensive skills and a nice shot on the powerplay.  I’m not sure that he’ll see much powerplay time at the NHL level, but with his all-around game he’s a pretty safe bet to have an NHL career. There’s upside to boot.

From the boom-or-bust set, Andreas Johnson is continuing a pretty impressive draft+1 season in Sweden.  He’s a skilled, under-sized forward and he’s 4th in scoring on Frolunda on a men’s team despite having missed time for the World Junior’s.  As a point of reference, he’s outscoring Alex Wennberg, who was drafted 14th overall. Drafting probability suggests Johnson is unlikely to get a whiff of the NHL, but there’s also a chance he winds up being a top-6 forward; if you can grab a guy with that kind of ceiling in the 7th round, you’re doing OK.

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
  • B_Leaf

    Wouldn’t it be cool if two or three years down the road, if Rielly and Finn formed a very solid pairing on D. That would definitely make the 2012 draft a good one for the Leafs.
    Regarding Finn, I like his offensive upside, I am not sure why people are questioning it. I mean the expectation was never that he would be an offensive star, but he could very well be above average in that way.

  • dlb eh

    B_Leaf
    be great if all our answers on D are already in the system or on the team

  • APetrielli

    bcphockeyblog Indirect note from you talking about Finn and Brown- That 2012 draft is looking good. It’s still early, but very promising.

  • ReimNier

    APetrielli bcphockeyblog I won’t get my hopes up with regards to Brown though. He sounds too good to be true.

  • bcphockeyblog

    ReimNier APetrielli Depends on what you’re hoping for. All-Star is a long shot but he’s fairly likely to be an NHLer, which is nice

  • APetrielli

    bcphockeyblog ReimNier I’ll take him turning heads over alternative of already looking like a waste of time. Concerned on skating + size.

  • ReimNier

    bcphockeyblog APetrielli He would have to be pretty damn good to break into any team’s top-six, yea? IIRC, not much potential bottom-six.

  • bcphockeyblog

    APetrielli ReimNier His skating is definitely a bit slushy. Has enough smarts that he may get away with it though

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Mat Finn would be to the Leafs what Cody Ceci is to the turds. Pretty similar players.

  • ShotgunCharlie

    GeorgeCastanza  Good thing Kadri is on our team then lol

  • bcphockeyblog

    ReimNier Depends on what kind of bottom six you ice. The Leafs should probably be a top-9, bottom-3 team, IMO

  • rustynail

    @ReimNier APetrielli bcphockeyblog  I have watched Brown in person 5 or 6 times over the last 3 years and his hockey IQ is through the roof he does so many little wow things during the game. Speed and strength can be developed but hockey smarts not so much.

  • Burtonboy

    This blog not showing on the home page . Going to cause confusion

  • rustynail

    dlb eh B_Leaf  we have a LOT of them

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail APetrielli bcphockeyblog  He’s working with Underhill I would imagine

  • Anthony Petrielli

    rustynail APetrielli bcphockeyblog  Very similar to Abbott. Just tough to crack the NHL when you’re small and not very fast.

  • rustynail

    Anthony Petrielli rustynail APetrielli bcphockeyblog  similar but I think his smarts are better :)

  • Anthony Petrielli

    rustynail Anthony Petrielli APetrielli bcphockeyblog  Definitely developing faster so he’ll have more time to crack the league. That will help.

  • Burtonboy

    Anthony Petrielli rustynail APetrielli bcphockeyblog  He’s 5′ 11 ” . Hopefully he can add some weight and strength

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy Anthony Petrielli rustynail APetrielli bcphockeyblog  he works so hard on conditioning etc I have little doubt he will do that. Whether enough is the question

  • rustynail

    Anthony Petrielli rustynail APetrielli bcphockeyblog  not going the College route does that

  • Greg Fenton

    @bcphockeyblog APetrielli ReimNier  Or he may end up like Wellwood, who also had great smarts, great hands and great vision, but was small and slow.

  • rustynail

    Greg Fenton APetrielli ReimNier  and unmotivated

  • cyf8

    bcphockeyblog APetrielli ReimNier He can work with Underhill on that

  • Greg Fenton

    rustynail Greg Fenton APetrielli ReimNier  Hopefully Brown isn’t that, I just think we should all keep things in perspective regarding him. 

    At this point he probably a long shot to be an NHL player, never mind an impactful one. Ultimately scoring the way he is in the OHL means……nothing to his development and future in the NHL and people shouldn’t get a head of themselves because of those numbers.

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy  I hate it when that happens :)

  • rustynail

    Greg Fenton rustynail APetrielli ReimNier  nothing to do with his numbers just watching him play in my case

  • wendelsway1

    rustynail Burtonboy  Either of you ever cooked a fatty in the oven?

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1 rustynail Burtonboy  A fatty ????

  • rustynail

    wendelsway1 rustynail Burtonboy  what’s an oven ? :)

  • wendelsway1

    Burtonboy wendelsway1 rustynail  Yes….have you never done one on the Kamado?…..stuffed meatloaf wrapped in bacon…delicious

  • rustynail

    wendelsway1 Burtonboy rustynail  game day recipe?

  • Burtonboy

    wendelsway1 Burtonboy rustynail  Sounds awesome

  • Greg Fenton

    rustynail Greg Fenton APetrielli ReimNier  If he had 50 right now instead of 105 I doubt anyone would be saying anything about him.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wendelsway1 Burtonboyrustynail Posted in the other thread.
    I found this. Hopefully helps you out

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aida-mollenkamp/bacon-wrapped-double-pork-meatloaf-recipe.html

  • Shift_Disturber1

    BurtonboyIt’s on the top right., but not being the big ‘feature” may cause people to go to the Game review post

  • wendelsway1

    Shift_Disturber1 wendelsway1 Burtonboy rustynail  
    Thanks, Shifty……answered my question….low and slow or high temp.

  • Greg Fenton

    Gilbey93 Greg Fenton rustynail APetrielli ReimNier  Thats great (I mean that, not be sarcastic or anything), but might not mean anything/lead to any improvement or enough to be effective in the NHL. 

    Like with 90% of prospects, we’ll have to wait and see. 

    I like Brown (I suggest a month or two ago tanking to get McDavid to play with Brown), I hope he is a player for the Leafs in a couple years. I’m also just a big proponent of keeping expectations on check and keeping perspective. Brown was a 6th round pick, if he even becomes a 20 goal NHL player, thats a huge bonus.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wendelsway1 Shift_Disturber1Burtonboyrustynail  It’s sounds delicious. Going to have to try this, or a variation of it

  • wendelsway1

    rustynail wendelsway1 Burtonboy  Sure….but it really does need to be smoked, as opposed to the oven, for best results, I would think.  Gonna try it in the oven and add hickory smoke salt to the spice mix….I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  • Greg Fenton

    Gilbey93  I’ve seen a little, from what Iv’e seen he is playing his game, and one of the biggest knocks on him since day one was “stone hands”. I wouldn’t say there is any reason to get super excited or raise expectations, but also no reason to really get down on him either. 

    Now I’ve seen a tone, so……..

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wendelsway1 rustynailBurtonboy Also found this:Home-Smoking Meat Without a Smoker – It Can Be Done!
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893335

  • wendelsway1

    Shift_Disturber1 wendelsway1 rustynail Burtonboy  
    Thanks again, but if I was hell bent to smoke it, I’d brave the snow and do it on my Kamado……nothing beats it…..terrific bbq/smoker, highly recommend one.  :)

  • Cameron19

    Most disappointing to me:

    Biggs
    Gauthier
    Toninato

    Most exciting prospects to me:

    Brown
    Johnson
    Percy
    Granberg

  • Burtonboy

    Cameron19  My god Cam . Biggs ,Gauthier and Toninato are still very young . Way too early to be even disappointed

  • Cameron19

    Burtonboy Cameron19  Their production is disappointing. I’m not discounting the potential for them to still impress. Though yea, obviously I’ve been pretty down on Gauthier from the start.

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wendelsway1 Shift_Disturber1rustynailBurtonboy  Maybe for this season…..I think current BBQ is done. Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  • Black_Hawk

    B_Leaf  loved that pick in the 2nd round, could have been a 1st rounder

  • Shift_Disturber1

    wendelsway1 Shift_Disturber1rustynailBurtonboy  Dammit forgot my smiley face

  • Greg Fenton

    Cameron19 Burtonboy  Not really. Neither are offensive players, or prospects who projected to be offensive players in the NHL.