Leafs Prospect Update – April 6

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With the first round of the OHL Playoffs over, Carter Verhaeghe’s Niagara Ice Dogs have been eliminated.  The draft+1 prospect finds himself with a shiny new pro contract and spending time in the AHL — pretty nice consolation prize.

Verhaeghe’s first year as a Leaf prospect was a promising one as the youngster finished the year with 82 points in 65 games, placing him 21st among scorers in the OHL.  He still has some work to do on his skating but the instincts are there.  Here’s hoping for a strong summer of training.

Connor Brown is out to prove that the regular season which saw him place first in league scoring was no fluke.  The Leafs‘ draft+2 prospect has 12 points in 7 playoff games and is tied for second in OHL playoff scoring.  Erie are currently up two games to none on the Greyhounds so the chances of the Otters moving on and Brown adding to his totals are good.  He’s as ready as any Leafs prospect for the jump to the AHL next season and will play a prominent role with Spott’s Marlies.

Matt Finn’s Guelph Storm are the best team in the OHL and should be considered among the favourites to win the Memorial Cup.  The Storm are currently up one game to none on the London Knights and Finn will play a key role in the Storm’s success during the playoffs.  His 5 points in 6 games don’t tell the whole story as it’s Finn’s defensive acumen that has really been turning heads.  The Marlies are stacked on defense so Finn will probably be eased into the AHL game next season, but he plays a mature game and will be ready to follow the path that Stuart Percy set out this season.

Frederick Gauthier and the Rimouski Oceanique are up 2-0 in their second round as well and Gauthier has managed 5 points in 6 games thus far.  He’s a long way from the league leaders but the Leafs were pretty honest from the outset with regard to their expectations for this past year’s first rounder — he’s a defense first player with some untapped offensive potential.  To the disappointment of most Leafs fans, that potential is still largely untapped, but hopefully with some added responsibility next season he’ll take a significant step forward in this regard.

Lots of good things happening in the CHL for the Leafs’ top prospects.  Wish we could say the same for the parent team.

In Marlies news, they clinched their third consecutive North Division title with a win over Utica today. Josh Leivo became the first Marlie to hit 20 goals in a rookie season. Onto the playoffs for the baby Leafs. The Marlies currently sit third in the Western Conference with 90 points and own a record of 42-22-2-4.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

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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
  • phaneufoundlander

    BJ’s up 4 zip….I hope they put the lousy loafs out of their misery sooner rather than later and push them towards a better draft pick, God knows they can use the help. What a disgrace of a franchise….1 playoff appearance in 9 years, bonehead moves and signings as once again made the leafs the laughing stock of the league. Its been one epic failure after another…..The Toskala era, Rask for Raycroft, Steen and Covo for Stempniak, the signing of Jeff Finger, Tim Connelly, 2 first for Kessel, the buyout of Grabo, and now Clarkson and Phagoof signings…. its just one embarrassment after another. Dark days as usual

    .

  • TuckerForPunishment

    phaneufoundlander  Epic rant.  I totally agree.  Getting rather tiresome being a fan of this team with so much failure.  I feel for the fans in Ontario who have to deal with all the haters rubbing salt.  Oilers fans have nothing on me out here.

  • DJGLENN22

    phaneufoundlander .we won the Kessel trade…………..Hamilton will not be the star dman they are hoping and Knight will never make the NHl……Seguin will be a really good player for years to come but he is not a Bruin anymore and we still have Kessel

  • Mattmark

    phaneufoundlander Better erase ‘Phagoof’ before Cameron discovers this thread.  😉

  • TuckerForPunishment

    DJGLENN22 phaneufoundlander  I have wondered who the Leafs might have taken had we held on to those picks?  I wonder who else was avail at the time they were picked?

  • MaxwellHowe

    DJGLENN22 phaneufoundlander Its not really fair to assess the deal in hindsight because the Leafs never expected those two first rounders would be the # 2 pick and #8 pick.  That said, from where we are right now, I would thnk it easier to build a good team around Seguin  and Hamiltion than Kessel

  • TuckerForPunishment

    MaxwellHowe DJGLENN22 phaneufoundlander  I think Seguins shakers would put Phil and Tyler to shame. 😉

  • MaxwellHowe

    TuckerForPunishment The Leafs would have  taken Seguin. He and Taylor Hall were neck and neck for #1

  • TuckerForPunishment

    MaxwellHowe TuckerForPunishment  That one was a no brainer.   I’m more wondering about Hamilton and Knight.  Were any other players drafted after any better with hindsight.  I would look it up but I’m using my phone as an internet connection and it’s slow as hell right now.

  • mike_84

    Finn look slike he’s gonna be a damn good player for us. Maybe he will be a Beauchemin type dman

  • hometeem

    DJGLENN22 phaneufoundlander  parlayed into erikson so ya just cant write off the seguin part

  • TuckerForPunishment

    mike_84  That can play in this market and not just the Ducks. 😉  But kidding aside I agree and I’m excited for him to take the next step.

  • mike_84

    TuckerForPunishment mike_84  From what i’ve seen online people compare him to Dan Girardi but i think he has more offense to his game then Girardi

  • Tommy Cat

    mike_84  God knows the Leaf blue line needs all the help it can get.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Nice update Curt.  As for Guelph being the favourite, is that the Guelph team that is currently losing 4 – 1 to a Knight’s team without it’s best goalie and 2 of its best dmen, both of whom may be back for the Memorial Cup. Okay, Guelph is really good but London’s chances increased significantly once Zadorov game back from Buffalo. Plus they have not only Ryan scoring at close to a 2 point per game pace but Matt not far behind.

  • mike_84

    Tommy Cat mike_84  Help is on the way with him and Percy. Just need some more size coming on the farm. Maybe Fleury will join the ranks at the draft.

  • Knights2Leafs

    mike_84
    I love Finn but he’s nothing like Girardi.  Girardi was a shut down dman in junior. I’d say Finn is more like Del Zotto but more defensively responsible.

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe DJGLENN22 phaneufoundlander  Boston disagrees.

  • mike_84

    Knights2Leafs mike_84  I think my Beau comparison is pretty good. Plays good D puts up points and will throw out a good hit once in a while

  • mike_84

    Knights2Leafs  Would love to get Zadorov in the blue and white

  • Cameron19

    Mattmark phaneufoundlander  I don’t care about every Phaneuf insult. I know that some people have no idea what they’re talking about, and I can accept that. :)

  • Knights2Leafs

    mike_84
    While it’s not fair to compare him to Rielly, I was totally surprised to see them on the ice together. He’s definitely slightly taller and while not as fast, he was closer than I thought agility wise.

  • Knights2Leafs

    mike_84
    Maatta will be a good player for Pitt.  Zadorov will be a great player for …I just can’t say it.

  • MaxwellHowe

    TuckerForPunishment MaxwellHowe Jonas Brodin was #10.  Courterier was the pick before Dougie Hamilton

  • Knights2Leafs

    Cameron19
    But I once saw him make a bad pass.

  • mike_84

    Knights2Leafs mike_84  Well Finn models his game after doughty so he says. Which is a good game to model himself after. He’s gonna be a good two way 3-4 guy for us. If only he shot right. I can see the leafs moving one of him or percy as there both two way dman that look to be 3-4 guys.

  • mike_84

    Knights2Leafs mike_84  Buff as a few really good prospects coming up. i can admit that

  • Knights2Leafs

    mike_84
    Yup they have a true rebuild on the way.  Hey, Edmonton maybe look at the studs Buff has on their back end.  Okay, okay – go get another 5’10” skill forward.

  • Tommy Cat

    The Leafs should treat Brown like a first round pick after what he has done in junior.  Forget about when he was drafted and his size.  It’s the “new” HNL anyway, you can’t touch anyone without getting a penalty anyway.  Give the kid every opportunity to develop properly in the AHL and then make the big club.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 They apparently had little time for Kessel and Seguin, so not sure how their opinion answers the question

  • Cameron19

    Knights2Leafs Cameron19  He’s had a very rough month, but he’s obviously injured. I would think our lack of success with him injured would only highlight his importance, but apparently it actually proves he’s an idiot and horrible and no one wants him. lol

  • mike_84

    Tommy Cat  He will get his chance but i’m fine with him being brought along slowly

  • MaxwellHowe

    Tommy Cat Plenty of muscle on the Marlies to provide necessary security

  • mike_84

    Knights2Leafs mike_84  Maybe theres a swap or two in the future

  • Yan28

    “He does everything right, he battles hi fights,he plays hard, he can score. He’s what the Toronto Marlies are all about” Steve Spott on Sam Carrick

  • skiingallday

    So when does granberg likely make the jump to the NHL?

  • mike_84

    Yan28  He  was a pretty good player for the Battalion. Could turn into a pretty good bottom 6 player

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Leafs magic number now is 3 points I believe.

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe Cameron19  I think Seguin wound up in the perfect spot for him. The right wing south where his homophobia will be tolerated and an A1 winger that perfectly compliments all his own weaknesses. If we had Seguin instead of Kessel, I don’t think we’d have any easier time building. We’d be looking for that perfect winger. Hamilton to me, is an irrelevant piece. Lots of guys like that in the draft every year, as Buffalo has shown.

  • mike_84

    skiingallday  Depends on what happens in the offseason

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 Knights2Leafs I’ve said it before, but here goes.  The lack of team defence has beaten Dion down, just as it has beaten down Bernier and Reimer.  Chasing the puck around the zone, constant battles in corners – it is generally the case on good teams the defencemen can cruise a bit, relax while the forwards firecheck and cycle and create changes in the other zone.,  With the Leafs, that doesn’t happen – and as a result the #1 Dman has been worn down.  If the Leafs keep playing this way, Dion will be finished in the NHL before his contract expires

  • PEIleafnation

    ingy56 by Columbus-philly?

  • PEIleafnation

    Yan28 so nonis hired spott

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    PEIleafnation ingy56  C-Bus

  • Shift_Disturber1

    https://twitter.com/SWhyno

    https://twitter.com/SWhyno/status/452968248254791681

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23CBJ&src=hash beat https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Isles&src=hash. https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Leafs&src=hash can be eliminated as early as Tuesday with CBJ win + TOR loss of any kind or CBJ OTL + TOR regulation L.

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 MaxwellHowe He’s 22 yrs old and 3rd n scoring.  I’m not assessing his political views.

  • PEIleafnation

    ingy56 PEIleafnation so flyers up 2 a win an they r in?

  • Cameron19

    MaxwellHowe Cameron19  Irrelevant to my point. Swapping him for Kessel wouldn’t change our fortunes at all.  Even adding Hamilton to that equation doesn’t change much, if anything.

  • Yan28

    “It’s a great question. When you look at the NHL and you look at the 4th lines now in the NHL, they have to play and they have to play minutes. David Broll is a strong phyiscal player, we know that, but when you saw him today on the forecheck, you saw him backcheck, he’s a big men that can skate and play the game, he’s got very good hockey sense and good hands, so he’s definitely more but I think  he’s definitely a prototypical 4th line winger in the National Hockey League in today’s game”
                                                       Steve Spott on David Broll being more than an Enforcer

  • MaxwellHowe

    Cameron19 MaxwellHowe so you’re saying nobody “won” the deal