Maple Leafs Prospect Update – March 2

Maple Leafs Prospect Update – March 2

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Just two weeks until the start of the OHL Playoffs and the playoff picture is starting to take shape.

If you’ve been following this feature, you know that the Leafs‘ OHL prospects have been dominating the league this season so it’s not terribly surprising that all of them are playing meaningful games down the stretch.

Carter Verhaeghe’s Niagara IceDogs have the most riding on the last couple weeks of the season.  The IceDogs are two points up on the Ottawa 67s for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and are hoping for a matchup against the top seeded Oshawa Generals.  Even if Verhaeghe sees playoff hockey this season, it’s likely that his time in the second season will be short-lived and could be spending some time with the Marlies once the IceDogs are eliminated.

Unlike Verhaeghe, Matt Finn and Connor Brown are playing out the string before what look to be a pair of long playoff runs.  Finn’s Guelph Storm are the top team in the OHL and look poised for an appearance in the Memorial Cup.  The Storm have an unmatched offense and Finn is a big part of that, sitting second in OHL scoring among defensemen.  As much as I’d love to see Finn spend some time with the Marlies this year, a long run in the CHL’s playoffs will serve him well.

Connor Brown’s Erie Otters are probably the Storm’s stiffest competition in the West.  There’s a  clear divide between the top 4 and bottom 4 teams in the West, so I’d expect the Otters to play at least two rounds.  No matter how it ends for the Otters, this will be a season Brown will never forget as he’s running away with the OHL scoring title.  Brown’s 115 points in 62 games are 9 points clear of his closest competition and with just 5 games remaining, it’s unlikely he’ll be caught.  In fact, his numbers are eerily similar to another former Leaf – you can draw your own conclusions.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
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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
54 comments
Burtonboy
Burtonboy

Interesting situation with the defensive prospects  . Finn, Knodel, Loov and Neilsson are all slated for  the Marlies next season . They are already loaded with Percy, Granberg, MacWilliam, Brennan, and Holzer. Not enough room on the Marlies for all of them. Could be some interesting moves 

4evrblue
4evrblue

can anybody tell me for sure if Letang is LTIR eligible?

4evrblue
4evrblue

just two more days of NoNo doing nothing and then we an start talking about the draft............ where he will do nothing. good times ahead, good times :)

Luke_R
Luke_R

Hmmm.. seems Nolan in Buffalo doesnt want to be with Buffalo next year after the fiasco... anyone think he would be good fit here and replace Carlyle? http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=445092

Seems to be good at getting the most out of his players

Bruffins
Bruffins

Huge day tomorrow, Habs play LA who has won 4 straight. We need to finally beat this Columbus team

The_Polish_Cannon
The_Polish_Cannon

oh what a sad disappointment Tyler Biggs has turned out to be

Shafty
Shafty

Man, Biggs has a ways to go.

mcloki
mcloki

The way things are looking The Leafs will be playing Pitt or Boston first round. I don't know if that's not a good thing.


vinoa
vinoa

Will Reimer start tomorrow? Can't even remember the last time he played. 

Bruffins
Bruffins

Connor Brown vs. Andreas Johnson, who has the better NHL career?

Cameron19
Cameron19

Ryan Miller must be in shock. Gave up a 2 goal lead, and his team came back and took the lead. 

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

Id love to see the +/- stat added to these prospect over views as that gives me more of an indication of their total game.  But love the update!

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@Pent_House He is a total dud.  A complete drafting mistake.  But thats okay, most fail anyways out of the draft and we have lots more guys who seem to be NHL capable.
 He has 38 PIMs from a guy supposed to evolve into a PF?  Not gonna happen.

Optimustic
Optimustic

@Pent_House  I'm not disappointed in the player, but I don't like the fact that he was a first round pick.  He's not the type of player that's usually picked that high.

peterbleafs
peterbleafs

@lukethenuke Seems like there is more dirt around than let on.  Was Lafontaine told to resign or get fired?  I think he has done a great job, Buffalo has loads of talent on the way and more to come.  The deal was fair and got them some good players.

loomx
loomx

@mcloki  I'd rather face Boston. Gotta beat them eventually to get better.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@vinoa  In Winnipeg, Jan. 25th, pretty sure. Poor showing. Earlier that week he was unbelievable against the Avs. 

loomx
loomx

@Bruffins  Johnson. Don't think Brown's game translates well. but that's just me. It's good to have both.

Cameron19
Cameron19

And the Avs just took the lead on the Bolts with 3 minutes left. 

Burtonboy
Burtonboy

@peterbleafs @Burtonboy  Percy, MacWilliam and Granberg will likely compete for spots on the Leafs. I'd give Percy and Mac the edge right now over Granberg but things can dramatically change over a summer of training 

4evrblue
4evrblue

@CanuckUKinToronto @4evrblue does it matter that he wasn't injured from anything to do with the game?

just wondering for fantasy league purposes. It's the stretch drive and I have to make a decision on this guy but would rather not drop him but Pitts haven't put him on LTIR yet which makes me think he may not be eligible

vinoa
vinoa

@Cameron19 @vinoa  Gotta get him in at least once in a while. Especially with the way the last 2 games have gone.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@loomx @Bruffins  

i Haven't seen any of either of them, getting excited seeing Johnson out producing a first round pick though

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Cameron19 @DeclanK @The_Polish_Cannon @Shafty  

Nice thing about the prospects the Leafs have now is that they get little press and that's a good thing. There was so much hope and pressure heaped on them before because there was absolutely nothing here before that all you heard about were the Kadris, etc. 

Same goes for Rielly. Very few interviews and he's kept quiet. Kid is going to be dynamite and there's no pressure on him (I think). Much better than what was going on 5 years ago.

Cameron19
Cameron19

@DeclanK @Cameron19 @The_Polish_Cannon @Shafty  But realistically, we tapered our expectations pretty quickly around these parts. And I think everyone knows that when you're drafting someone like him, Lucic type results would be a massively lucky home-run. I was expecting a 2nd/3rd line version of Lucic one day - not right away. 

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@vinoa @ProfessorRance @Cameron19  I agree but with a day off I think Bernier has to get in the groove. Not saying all goals were his fault the last two games but with 9 goals against in those outings, he needs to find his groove like before the break.

vinoa
vinoa

@ProfessorRance @vinoa @Cameron19  With 20 games left I can't imagine that it would hurt Bernier's groove to take a night off here and there. We'll need Bernier rested as much as we'll need him ready for the playoffs.

ProfessorRance
ProfessorRance

@vinoa @Cameron19  From someone who wants Reimer to play, I think Bernier should start to get in the groove for the stretch run.