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.
Leafs Prospects         

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
  • Fish Head

    I love the Leafs Prospect Updates. Nice job Curt. One thing to note on Finn is that defense isn’t as much about scoring points as it is stopping the other team from scoring and Finn had one of the highest +/- in the OHL so I think we have ourselves a future Maple Leaf here.

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Nice work Curt. Not a huge Finn guy either, to be honest.

  • Alec Brownscombe

    Fish Head Finn can get to work with Underhill on cleaning up his stride some with the Marlies next year. Not a bad skater but a bit sluggish.

  • mr_hanie

    Good prospects to play 4th line minutes in the NHL someday.

  • Fish Head

    Anthony Petrielli Curious to know what there is about Finn that you’re not big for?

  • Burtonboy

    Anthony Petrielli Thanks for the effort this yr. Curt Is it just me or does Finns skating need work ? Speed is so important for defensEman IMO

  • charlieb83

    Fish Head Anthony Petrielli Apparently Finn curses a lot and posts naked pics of random women.  😉

  • http://mapleleafshotstove.com/ Ian from Etobicoke

    Fish Head But we know that +/- is a silly stat. Brown had a -72 in his draft year and a +44 this year. He didn’t figure out how to play hockey, Erie just got much, much better as a team. Conor McSomethingSomething happened.

  • Fish Head

    charlieb83 Fish Head Anthony Petrielli So what are the negatives?

  • HHT

    Agreed, improve his skating and he’s that much better.  Alec Brownscombe Fish Head

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Fish Head Anthony Petrielli Not a great skater.

  • Fish Head

    Ian from Etobicoke Fish Head that’s a perfect way to show Brown’s improvement from -72 to +44. You gotta love that!

  • Jay_Berg

    Finn = Franson 2.0?

  • Fish Head

    Anthony Petrielli Fish Head Do you think that’s something he can improve or will just be an obstacle going forward?

  • Anthony Petrielli

    Fish Head Anthony Petrielli Ya but when a guy isn’t naturally a great skater it’s tough. Still think he’s an NHLer, but not getting my hopes for anything crazy.

  • Jay_Berg

    It’ll be interesting to see how Brown’s game translates to the AHL. He doesn’t excel in any one particular area, just seems like a smart player who knows how to get into the right areas.
    He was invisible in the leafs rookie camp this past year. His skating will make or break his career IMO.

  • Zeus_WilliamMapleLeafs

    Jay_Berg 
    Many have been saying that Brown is the future. He is an old OHL’er and a 20 yo in a league full of 17, 18 and 19 yo’s with the odd 16yo. There is a huge difference in a 20yo body that a 17yo and people would be wise to take that into consideration.
    He may be a late bloomer, Ill guess we’ll see in training camp but Im not getting over excited.

  • Zep2

    Nice to see Leivo near a PPG clip as a rookie in the AHL Playoffs

    At 6’2″  it would be nice to see him add 10 lbs

  • Jay_Berg

    I think Leivo will be on the leafs to start the season.

  • peterbleafs

    Jay_Berg Very possible, he seems like that kind of breakthrough type of player

  • Xxxxxnew

    I try not to pay much attention to anything except for getting a general idea for the player’s style. It’s a massive jump from CHL to AHL to NHL. Even for top draft picks. So I hate when teenagers get built up then crapped on later.

  • Jay_Berg

    Leivo, Holland and D’Amigo are all ready to contribute at the NHL level. None will be impact players right away but they are certainly going to add depth and are upgrades over the plumbers we were playing in our bottom 6 this year.

  • mlclearwater

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/toronto-maple-leafs-dave-bolland-free-agent-sign-negotiations/

    Oh really? Than lower your demands at once. In fact Komarov, Bolland and Clarkson could ruffle some feathers

  • Burtonboy

    mlclearwater Sometimes these so called contract demands get blown out of proportion by the media . I’d rather wait and see what he signs for ( if he does sign) before passing judgement on Bolland or Shanny

  • Xxxxxnew

    You always have to highball, lowball in any negotiation. They usually get done at the last minute.

  • NotInsane

    Burtonboy mlclearwater
    Every player should ask for as much as he can in negotiations.  You can help your family, friends and preferred charities.  It would be silly not to.

  • Burtonboy

    Xxxxxnew Nonis is right for the most part on this one . If the players wants to stay and the club wants him it usually gets done

  • Burtonboy

    NotInsane Burtonboy mlclearwater All part of any negotiation

  • Xxxxxnew

    The free agency period always throws things out of whack, especially in a summer when no stars are UFA and the secondary guys get to cash in, maybe for the only time in their lives.

  • Jordan29

    Lets say we sign both Komarov and Bolland, then IMO we should only be adding a top 6 after that if possible. Leivo, Holland, Mckegg, and D’amigo on ELCs should be creeping up on a regular spot like we all think. Holland especially

  • B_Leaf

    Anthony Petrielli Fish Head

    I like Finn, but I agree his skating limits his upside.

  • Great Dane

    We should never be in a situation where are centers next season are: Bozak, Kadri, Bolland.  Will never work out.

    If we can sign Stastny 2 of Kadri, Bolland and Bozak need to go. 

    The Leafs when would still need a RW for the second line first choice would be Iginla followed by Hemsky. When Hemsky played with a decent center in Otttawa his production was back to previous levels.

  • Xxxxxnew

    I’m bored, so I went back and looked at the draft from 10 years ago (Ovi-malkin) just to see how it is shaping up. Decided on an arbitrary number of 400 games played to determine whether the pick was useful to a team. Unscientific but I have a large coffee to kill.
    Out of 30 players picked in the first round that year 12 have played more than 400 games.
    2nd round – 6
    3rd round – 3
    4th round – 2
    5th round – 2
    6th round – 1
    7th round – 2
    8th round – 0
    9th round – 2
    So, after the first round, just 18 out of 240 players picked played 400 NHL games.
    And it wasn’t as if there was a lot of players below the first round who were close to 400 games.
    In the second round 26 of 30 players played never made it to 100 games.

  • wiski

    https://twitter.com/hockeynight https://twitter.com/hockeynight/status/471386785885728771   More
    Will the Habs live another day in the https://twitter.com/hashtag/StanleyCup?src=hash playoffs? Game 5 is on https://twitter.com/hashtag/hockeynight?src=hash tonight! http://t.co/Xsnk4fuDFv

  • Mcost61

    wiski  My eyes, my eyes!

  • Jordan29

    Great Dane no and no. No more contracts with players that age who dont want to be here for the most part

  • wendelsway1

    wiski Be afraid….be very afraid……Go Rangers!

  • ProfessorRance

    Jordan29 Great Dane Stamkos! Stamkos! Stamkos!

  • ProfessorRance

    Jordan29 Holland deserves a solid look. Think it will be Nonis’ biggest trade he’s made so far.

  • ProfessorRance

    wiski I’m surprised Gionta can use the right spelling of you’re in that sentence.

  • Zep2

    Scrolling through, the questions of FInns skating came up. FRanson like, I didn’t think he ws great but not lumbering
    How did his skating compare to GRiffin REihardt, the gold standard in this years MEmorial

  • wiski

    Great Dane Ph9 kadri and our first for weber

  • Great Dane

    Jordan29 Either to try to improve with core or move out everybody above the age of 27 – there can’t be anything in between

  • Great Dane

    wiski Great Dane  we don’t move our first round pick.

  • Jordan29

    JVR-Bozak-Kessel
    Lupul-Kadri-Leivo
    Komarov-Bolland-Clarkson
    D’amigo-Holland-Ashton

    I actually have no issue with running that to start the season if theres no available top 6 upgrade. Holland, Komarov,, D’amigo, and Ashton can all rotate to see who works well where

  • wiski

    Great Dane wiski For weber I would

  • Mcost61

    Jordan29  If the current group backchecks and defends our goalie, fine. If not, see ya

  • mcloki

    Jordan29 Now that looks like a plausible lineup at some point next year.

  • Biltmore

    Zep2 Sakic wasn’t a great skater when he came into the league. The right training and technique can go a long way.

  • mcloki

    wendelsway1 wiski Fat lady warming up for tonight.