Maple Leafs Prospects 2013-14 Season Wrap Up

Maple Leafs Prospects 2013-14 Season Wrap Up

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With the dust settled, this was a good season for Leafs youngsters.

This year’s Memorial Cup had a little added intrigue as we saw Leafs prospects skating on three of the four teams involved in the tourney (Finn-Guelph, Bibeau-Val D’Or, Rupert-London).

Matt Finn‘s Guelph Storm were the best team in the OHL and probably the best team in the Memorial Cup, too, final notwithstanding.  Finn himself was second in OHL scoring among defensemen and acquitted himself well throughout both the OHL playoff and the Memorial Cup.  Personally, I expected a bit more from Finn than what I saw this season.  It’s tough to argue with the numbers and my sample was limited, but I thought he’d wind up being a dominant defenseman in the OHL this season based on what I saw from him while healthy last year; he was ‘merely’ very good.  Finn will be a Marlie next year and will be joining a young and talented AHL blueline.  He’s still one of my favourite prospects in the system and a guy I’d bet on moving forward.

Connor Brown‘s season was one for the ages.  At the beginning of the year I predicted that he’d finish top-5 in OHL scoring if he could stay healthy, but I never would have imagined that he’d run away with the scoring title the way he did.  Brown put up an astonishing 128 points in 68 games this year and found himself on the radar of even the more casual Leaf observers.  Brown is another Leaf whose OHL days are behind him and the Marlies will certainly welcome his offense.  If I’m placing a bet, I see Brown as a second / third line tweener in the NHL, but he does have the potential to be more if he can improve his skating (which might be the make-or-break factor with Brown).

Carter Verhaeghe has another year of CHL eligibility and he’ll look to challenge the production of Connor Brown this season.  Verhaeghe spent most of the year in the top 10 of all OHL scorers but trailed off late and wound up finishing 21st overall.  Verhaeghe is another kid who relies on smarts to overcome his somewhat slushy skating.  A good summer of training and I could absolutely see him finishing in the OHL’s top-10 next year.

Antoine Bibeau was the Memorial Cup’s top goaltender and a guy who I had hardly seen until this tournament.  Bibeau started the year with a young team in Charlottetown before being traded to Val D’Or.  Goaltending at this age is alchemy so I won’t even hazard a guess on Bibeau’s future, but for now it’s nice to be able to soak in a great playoff performance from a Leaf goaltender.

2013 draftee Andreas Johnson also had himself one hell of a season.  In his rookie year in the Swedish Hockey League (the old Swedish Elite League), Johnson won the rookie of the year, beating out 14th overall selection Alexander Wennberg.  Johnson put up 24 points in 44 games while playing against men in one of the best pro leagues in the world.  Not bad for a seventh rounder.

Ultimately, I think that the lesson to be learned for the Leafs is to stop trading away draft picks.  The Leafs scouting staff has done a lot with a little in recent years and though our system isn’t rife with high end talent, it is deep.  With another high pick about the enter the fold for the Buds, I expect that next year will probably make for some exciting Prospect Updates.  Looking forward to it.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
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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
856 comments
wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Looks like most have retired for the night......think I'm gonna do the same......Good Night All  :)

wendelsway1
wendelsway1

Well that sucked....but be nice for Rangers fans when they win the series at home  :)

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

Finally starting to cool down here. I feel like I've been living in Satan's hell hole for the past few hours.

Bruffins
Bruffins

If Bruffins was in charge of the NHL there would be a 5 game suspension for any player who is caught clearly faking a penalty (see below). This shit is embarrassing to the sport

mcloki
mcloki

#plekanecing take a photo of yourself snapping your head back, Bonus points for a turtle neck. lol

Murph2417
Murph2417

Who boo's a 2nd star of the game? Why classless montreal fans that's who.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

I f*cking hate the montreal scabs

ingy56
ingy56

Yeah, put it in the empty net you classless idiots. 

Zep2
Zep2

BTW Derek Poulliot should be benched. How many stupid penalties can one player take

Momentum drainer


Good nite folks

Bruffins
Bruffins

when I get back from watching the Wire episode 2 I expect a new featured comment, I have left plenty to choose from

ingy56
ingy56

Rangers better close this shit out at home. I don't like their chances coming back into Headsnap Center. 

Zep2
Zep2

Pretty poor effort by the Rangers. 

Lunquist stunk out the joint

They force fed St Louis  which begs the question, WTF does Rick Nash do for the Rangers

Nice to see the refs call a somewhat balanced game

Moore gets a game to go along with the 5 min. major

Rangers take game 6


As AP said more eloquently, THE EAST SUCKS, 


Bruffins
Bruffins

No matter how dark these times may seem.... just remember that no other team in the league has the privilege of having Clarkson's rights for the next 6 years!

Marlies Man
Marlies Man

Mo money, mo money, mo money. Another bump for the salary cap.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@~Keon For a league min 2-way? 

Yes please! Bollie can just go live with his parents out in Mimico and take the hometeam discount :D

Bruffins
Bruffins

@wiski

you would think a famous person would take the one minute to learn how to properly throw something...... look at that form, damn

RandomScrub
RandomScrub

@wiski I remember Carly Rae Jepsen's pitch jeez. At least she has her looks going for her still.

mcloki
mcloki

@wiski he's great. the first trick he did was fantastic.

mcloki
mcloki

@wiski It's Quebec. everyone has a bottle, Not everyone wears a hat.

vinoa
vinoa

@Zep2 Rick Nash cost them depth and uses up 7.5 million of the cap. Buyout candidate for sure.

Murph2417
Murph2417

@mcloki @Murph2417 @wiski Nothing compares to spongebob fantastic. Except the leafs winning the stanley cup. Which I will likely never experience.

ShiFty_D
ShiFty_D

@Bruffins @ShiftyD  Just good? Morgan Rielly is a really, really good hockey player. He is going to be a beast. #44Beauty