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Maple Leafs Prospect Update – February 7

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.

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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
-
1

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193 comments
HeatherRickAkin
HeatherRickAkin

I just want to make note here that Marlies D man TJ Brennan is not on Curts prospect list . Brennan, as we all know, is having a major offensive year with the Marlies, his D zone work needs tightening, and the Marlies are a very solid AHL team, high up in the standings. Brennan, I think, is 24. Johnny Boychuk, the Bruins defenceman, didn't make the NHL until he was 25, and now, he is  a solid top four guy in Boston. As I look at the Leafs up and comers on defence, I would say that Brennan has very little chance of becoming a Leaf, and could garner interest from other teams at the Mar 5 trade deadline. Brennan just scored his 20th goal of the season. Boychuk was the last defenceman to do that (in 2009) , prior to Brennan getting his 20th last night. Hmmm...  

4evrblue
4evrblue

Still waiting for NoNo to land Marcus Foligno. Stop wasting time NoNo!!!

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

Reimer and Gunner for Andrew MacDonald and the Isles back-up? (Poulin?)  Risky in terms of the goaltender situation, but seems like a nice upgrade at D

Pent_House
Pent_House

Jeez letang has a hole in his heart too that's fucked up 

Pent_House
Pent_House

For cam and everyone else disappointed with Biggs numbers he's mostly been playing the 4th line, and he's been injured for the last little bit as well 

Cameron19
Cameron19

Is just keeping our roster intact, but hoping for a healthier year in the forward group as good as upgrading?  Most years I'd say yes, but sadly, a lot of our competitors will have the money and space to make upgrades this off-season.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@4evrblue I'm with you on that one.  Buffalo would be crazy to trade him.  So its not that unlikely

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@MaxwellHowe  I like it. 


I wonder if the Islanders would want a younger D-man or prospect instead, but I like it. 

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

On second thought, including Reimer may be an overpayment.  Prospect or lower range roster player?

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@MaxwellHowe  pass, MacDonald is gonna want way too much in FA so we wont be able to re-sign him. I dont want to overpay him 

Mind Bomb
Mind Bomb

@Burtonboy   Good for us two, now we can move past them and concentrate on catching Boston :) for first 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Burtonboy  The injuries are really starting to show Canada's supremacy in hockey. The Swedes discussing replacing Henrik Sedin with either Backlund or Johansson, the Finn's having really no answer for Filppula's injury, Datsyuk's injury wildly altering Russia's roster....and Canada passing over Claude Giroux to replace Steven Stamkos as a potential extra forward, lol. 

Leafs rule
Leafs rule

@Pent_House Re hole ,its incrediable that its just been found ,or is it hmmmmmmm,what else havent they told us if anything

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Cameron19  Its only yes IF you are the defending champs (or maybe a final four team). 


100% healthy this roster isn't a cup championship team, so "real" upgrades are needed. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Cameron19  i think that is really our only choice, cant really do much up front imo. Got to hope for a bounce back year from clarky and maybe try and upgrade our d. 

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe  I wouldn't pay anything for him. He's going to go to market regardless. 

Pent_House
Pent_House

@Black_Hawk @Pent_House  I don't really think he's having a bad season to turn around. He's been playing really well in his role, it's just a smaller role. 5 goals from the 4th line is not bad at all. He's played centre and wing, which is great. He's done a lot of PK work, I've been personally pretty pleased with his season so far. 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@MaxwellHowe @Greg Fenton  I don't think Reimer is an overpayment for him and I don't think the money will be a problem. 


The Leafs wuold be moving 3.1 million out for him if they move Gunnerson. If they let Ranger walk that give them over 4 million to throw at him only counting the money they let walk on their defense. 

4evrblue
4evrblue

@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe I'm afraid he could turn into one of those players that has success on one team but completely flops elsewhere. Leino and Clarkson (so far) are examples.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@MaxwellHowe @Cameron19  Still not a guy I would target. I'd be more inclined to look at bargain hunting, rather than guys looking to cash in on playing a role that was too much for them.

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

@Cameron19 @MaxwellHowe If the Leafs were granted permission to talk to him pre-trade?  Its a long shot, but not many defensive upgrades on or near the market now.

4evrblue
4evrblue

@MaxwellHowe @Pent_House your ass, that would have been my first guess anyway, has a certain odor to it lol (c'mon you asked for this joke lol)

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Pent_House @Black_Hawk  thats good to hear then, with all the negativity about him on here i jus assumed he was having a down year. All that stuff will help him out down the road

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Rthiffault @Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @Black_Hawk  THe way you put that is slightly misleading. 


First there are only 4 players on the Leafs (playing a regular shift) who are 23 or younger. Of those 4 (Kadri, Gardiner, Rielly and Holland) Holland is 10th in ice-time among forwards and Rielly is 5th among D-men. Every other key player (Kessel, Phaneuf, Bozak, Clarkson, Bernier, Franson, Lupul, Gunnerson etc...) with the exception of van Riemsdyk who is 24, is 25+ years old (5 of the 8 players I just mentioned are 27+ years old). 


13 Leaf players are 27+ years old. Compared to 4 that are 23 or younger. 


The Leafs aren't old, they aren't over the hill. But they aren't young and developing, up and coming etc... either. They are for the most part a team in its prime, full of players who "are what they are" at this point in their careers. 

Rthiffault
Rthiffault

@Greg Fenton @Rthiffault@Cameron19@Black_HawkWith the Leafs having 13 (Goalies Incl.) of 26 roster players being 23-27 years old, plus having a couple even younger than that. We can't be thinking they've reached full potential or are passed it already.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Rthiffault @Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @Black_Hawk  Remember, the number of older players on a team affects the average age just as much as the number of young players, and the fact that the Leafs don't have a single player 32 or older had a big effect on the average age of the team and will lower it when compared to teams with players who are older. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @Black_Hawk  Gleason and Gunner wouldnt get raises or that big of a raise anyways so we would only need to give more cap to Reilly in that situation. And yeah hopefully players develop from within and we can get better that way until a impact FA comes available which might take a couple of years since there arent many in FA now a days. And a impact player is the kind of player we need to spend money on if we want to make a big difference to our team. We got the role players now so another offensive contributor would be huge. 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Rthiffault @Greg Fenton @Cameron19 @Black_Hawk  Average age = nothing, and if anything is a bit misleading. 


The core players, theb est players on this team are in their primes and most of them closing in on 30. Yes they have some prospects (every team does), and there are acouple guys in that development stage still - Rielly, Gardiner and Kadri (though the later two are getting near the end of it) most of the team isn't in a place were we can/should expect level changing development out of them. 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Cameron19 @Greg Fenton @Black_Hawk  Maybe it goes that high, but that wouldn't help them next off-season. 


At that point (the 2016 off-season) Gleason, Gunnerson and Rielly will be UFA"s (plus anyone they sign that will come due then). So assuming thats when they finally have money to make some significant improvements, is waiting 2 years for that to happen really great managment for this year (assuming there is even a player for them to invest in......). 

Rthiffault
Rthiffault

@Greg Fenton @Rthiffault@Cameron19@Black_Hawkhaha I think you're forgetting its Friday Mr. dark cloud Fenton. they're still one of the youngest teams in the league and just because some of them aren't physically growing anymore doesn't mean they can't grow in terms of hockey IQ. I believe there's a lot of upside to this squad still. It will involve some pains still for sure but its not like the Leafs are moving backwards.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Rthiffault @Cameron19 @Black_Hawk @Greg Fenton  This team isn't THAT young, and most of their best/top.coore players aren't growing anymore. They are past the point were internal development is goign to make them significantly better (or at least should be counted on too). 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Black_Hawk @Greg Fenton @Cameron19  Its suspoed tog o up to 71 (according to capgeek) next year. And you're suggesting they'll max out at 71 million. 


So it goes up tto what 75 million or so the next year, and they have to resign Kadri and Bernier with 4 million? 

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Cameron19 @Black_Hawk @Greg Fenton  First it probably isnt' the Leafs choice (or at least not only) Reimer most likely wants to be a starter and if he isn't going to be one here, will want to go somewhere he can/will be. 


Second, you can't make personal decisions based on "what if X player gets hurt". You can't carry a secondary team. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Greg Fenton @Black_Hawk @Cameron19  well not as many, who is a ufa next year? and also the cap is going up so that would make a difference in terms of adding a piece. 


Most teams dont have super stacked lineups if you look at it. An example of that is Pitt. Have two superstars and some nice pieces around them but if not for Crosby and malkin most of the other guys are "good/average".  Its hard to have a great lineup from top to bottem with the cap. I think we are doing fine in making a good team 

Rthiffault
Rthiffault

@Cameron19 @Black_Hawk@Greg FentonThe beauty of this young team is that we WILL be constantly growing and learning internally in the meantime. So its not like we're really shooting ourselves in the foot.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Black_Hawk @Greg Fenton @Cameron19  Having said that, an upgrade will come at the expense of moving Reimer and getting a less qualified back-up - which could end up being a downgrade if Bernier got hurt. 

Black_Hawk
Black_Hawk

@Cameron19 @Black_Hawk @Greg Fenton  maybe but depends on the upgrade and the money involved. Where do we look to upgrade the forwards now? i think our centers are good with bozak, kadri, bolland, and Mcclement. I guess raymond could be replaced by some one better but what else do we do?

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

@Black_Hawk @Greg Fenton @Cameron19  Why would another year make any difference? They'll have their own guys they need to resign then as well.....


I really hope they don't spend the next 5 years spending to the cap to maintain a medicore/average/good by not great/wild card group........