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
  • Waiting4LSC

    Great to hear, the three Kings of Junior hockey. Great post, thanks.

  • 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!

  • Cameron19

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

  • Cameron19

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

  • Cameron19

    Avs win in regulation.

  • vinoa

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

  • Cameron19

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

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Cameron19  Nice, some good news in the standings.

  • vinoa

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

  • ProfessorRance

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • wiski

    mcloki  I rather Pitt myself, we seem to match up well against them.

  • Cloud09

    Bruffins  It’s the IHHF’s version of the Champions League in soccer.

  • ProfessorRance

    wiski mcloki  We can take either one I think.

  • rustynail

    ProfessorRance vinoa Cameron19  or Reimer does

  • loomx

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

  • loomx

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

  • Shafty

    Man, Biggs has a ways to go.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

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

  • rustynail

    https://twitter.com/hfialkov https://twitter.com/hfialkov/status/440338115069091840
    Source says Panthers will make some big announcements Monday about internal restructuring at executive level. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23flapanthers&src=hash

  • Shafty

    The_Polish_Cannon  First year pro, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

  • Cameron19

    Shafty The_Polish_Cannon  Only been given a 4th line role, too.

  • ProfessorRance

    Cameron19 Shafty The_Polish_Cannon  Tons of room to improve and we don’t have to rush him at all. I think he’ll come around.

  • The_Polish_Cannon

    Cameron19 Shafty The_Polish_Cannon  Can do nothing but continue to wait and see I guess. So far he’s not looking anything like the next Lucic everyone was describing him as

  • Cameron19

    The_Polish_Cannon Cameron19 Shafty  No one was describing him as that. We knew from day one he would be a slow burn type of prospect.

  • Xxxxxnew

    Just 20 years old.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    https://twitter.com/TOTruculent/status/440342680589975552

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/b1rky https://twitter.com/b1rky/status/440341270007791617
    Sorry…had to do it: http://t.co/pMeYOv5wHS

  • wiski

    rustynail  Lafountaine? 😉

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Cameron19 The_Polish_Cannon Shafty  
    When Bob McKenzie makes projections the second they get drafted, you know it’s a kiss of death. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4aulUFb5pg

  • 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.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    Cameron19 DeclanK The_Polish_Cannon Shafty  
    There’s 1 Lucic in the league. The chances that you draft one are few and far between. 

    Curious to see where he is when he’s Carter Ashton’s age right now.

  • Cameron19

    DeclanK Cameron19 The_Polish_Cannon Shafty  Same. He should get a much better opportunity with the Marlies next year.

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ DeclanK

    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.

  • Belfour20

    If you havent seen NHL revealed, make sure to check it out, giving you a behind the scenes look into the olympic tournament, pretty sick shit.

  • lukethenuke

    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

  • Pent_House

    It’s funny to hear everyone look at Biggs stats and be so disappointed. He’s got 6 goals mostly playing from the 4th line. He’s played the odd 3rd line recently. 6 goals from a 4th line is impressive. He’s had a good season.

  • 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

    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.

  • 4evrblue

    peterbleafs Pent_House picks like Leivo and Johnson balance the scales

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 4evrblue

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

  • Burtonboy

    4evrblue  I see no reason why not

  • 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

  • peterbleafs

    Burtonboy Agreed, am hoping Percy is ready to come up.

  • 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

  • 4evrblue

    Burtonboy Could easily see Holzer and Brennan moving on.