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Brought to you by Blue Chip Prospects With Sportsnet televising Tyler Biggs' Friday night showdown with Matt Finn (also: Garret Sparks will likely man the pipes for Guelph), I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to share some things that I've noticed about the two Leafs prospects in the early stages of the year.  Think of these points as some things to watch for or consider while taking in the game -- I'd love to hear where you agree, disagree, or if you'd just like to talk things out. Tyler Biggs seems to elicit the most extreme reactions of...

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Brought to you by Blue Chip Prospects Really exciting night for Leafs fans on a day that was otherwise full of depressing lockout news. Tonight's action saw a 4-point performance from Sudbury Wolves forward Josh Leivo (1 goal, 3 assists) who is now scoring at better than a point-per-game pace on one of the weaker offensive teams in the OHL.  Leivo will be taking part in both OHL games during the Subway Super Series so clear your schedule.  He's been a really determined player this year, has added a lot of strength, and may end up being one of those rare...

Morgan Rielly

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Brought to you by Blue Chip Prospects Strong statistical night for Leafs prospects on Wednesday as both Biggs and Percy put up a pair of points while Rielly and Brown each managed a goal of their own. Biggs' production, while reasonably strong is a bit of a mirage right now.  Neither of his goals last night had a chance against pro competition but keep in mind that other CHL prospects are getting some of these bounces too.  Biggs' first goal however did involve a pretty quick forehand to backhand move which is something we haven't seen a lot of from him...

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MarliesTV is running a really cool feature on the Leafs' two first round picks from 2011, Tyler Biggs and Stuart Percy. Here is part 1:

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 Friday Night I had the opportunity to take in the Edmonton Oil Kings game.  Their opponent just so happened to be the Moose Jaw Warriors and one Morgan Rielly. The Oil Kings proceeded to pummel the Warriors 5-1 and by the end of the second the shot total was 30-10 for the Oil Kings. As you can imagine, this doesn’t lead to a glowing review of Rielly or the Warriors in general. My notes on Rielly below reflect what I witnessed in what clearly a lackluster night for him. They may seem harsh, but it doesn’t change the fact that...

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We had a shift-by-shift look at Josh Leivo and one of his goals from Saturday up on the site yesterday. On Sunday, Leivo went out and scored a hat trick for the Sudbury Wolves, leading them over the 67's and earning him OHL's Player of the Week honours in the process. His performance included two brilliant individual efforts that really wowed onlookers. Leivo also scored twice on the Thursday against Peterborough. It's important to temper expectations and keep the odds in mind of these mid to lower round picks (Leivo was a third in 2011) becoming NHLers let alone higher...

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Update: Josh Leivo led his Sudbury Wolves over the Ottawa 67'ers with a hat trick Sunday afternoon, including two brilliant individual efforts. We'll scour the web for some video and post the highlights. Great display of skill. MLHS user "J" attended the Sudbury Wolves win over the Kingston Frotenacs last night and tracked Josh Leivo's shifts on video as well as his game-tying goal (his fourth of the season). From J: "Leivo did not disappoint as he finished the night with the game tying goal and was a constant force to reckoned with. He made quite a few nice passes that...

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Last night in Leafs Prospects (Saturday, October 6): Morgan Rielly: two assists in a 4-2 Moose Jaw win over Portland, bringing his season total up to seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 6 games. Connor Brown: a goal and an assist in a 4-3 Erie loss to the London Knights. His stat line sits at 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 7 games played. Strong start to the OHL season for the Leafs’ sixth round pick in 2012. David Broll: pointless in a 6-3 Greyhound loss to Sarnia. Broll is off to a good start to his OHL season with...

Tyler Biggs

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Last night in Leafs Prospects (Friday, October 5): Tyler Biggs put together a two point Friday night as his high flying Oshawa Generals downed the Kingston Frotenacs 6-4. The Generals were trailing before Biggs assisted on a goal and dropped the gloves to help turn the tide. He added an empty netter to polish off the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. The Generals are the scoringest team in the OHL with 30 goals through just six games, ten more than the next best in their Conference. Biggs scored twice and added a helper in a 7-4 romp of the Battalion earlier in...

Morgan Rielly

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From MLHS user DefenceWinsChampionships: As some of you may already know, I got to see Morgan Rielly play last night in Regina. He scored Moose Jaw's only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Pats. Here are some things I noticed throughout the night: - Rielly started off slow, but got better as the game went on. It became more and more apparent, over time, that he was the star of the Warriors' team. Late in the game, he tried to do more himself, apparently feeling some desperation, with his team trailing. - His passes are hard and accurate, and can come...

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A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of chatting with Maple Leafs Director of Amateur Scouting for an upcoming article in the Lindy's Sports Maple Leafs Annual magazine. We touched a variety of topics including the progression of certain top prospects, drafting philosophy and the general inner workings of hockey management. Which prospect is his pick for breakout player of the year (he picked Jake Gardiner in last year's annual)? How does a GM affect drafting philosophy? Where did the organization have Morgan Reilly ranked on draft day? Guess you'll just have to wait to find out. In the...

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With the Toronto Maple Leafs announcing they would not be participating in a prospect tournament this year due to CBA negotiations, development camp became all the more important for young prospects trying to make an impression on Toronto management. By using (admittedly amateur) videos of the scrimmage sessions, I put together a few notes upon request from the camp. I didn't originally plan to write anything up, but this is a slow time of the year and many people asked me to so I changed my mind. A few things to keep in mind when reading these observations: 1) There are very...

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@416_Musings has been taking in Leafs Prospect Camp and has posted a few notes over at his site, Draft Schmaft. Morgan Rielly: As advertised. Competes with Tony Cameranesi for best skater award at camp. A multi-directional skater who gives the impression of his skates barely touching the ice surface. His pivots are smooth and effortless and Rielly has great lateral mobility. Rielly showed great hockey sense and vision in where he places himself, how he navigates through bodies, and how he chooses to attack the offensive zone. As Jim Hughes stated, his passes are hard and quick and in my opinion...

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Having been called into pinch-hit for the morning mashup, I figured this would be a good time to include some other draft thoughts that I didn't write in my review mainly due to the fact that I didn't think there was enough room to add these tidbits. Anyways, here's some draft "bonus points" before we get to your morning links: - I didn't touch on Viktor Loov simply because I don't know anything about him. He was selected primarily due to the recommendation from the Leafs head European scout Thommie Bergman. Bergman has been with the Leafs since before the...

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Morgan Rielly is a Canadian defenseman who played his junior career for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. This 18 year old, 6 ft, 190 lb defenseman was born in West Vancouver and was Moose Jaw's second overall selection in the WHL Bantam Draft. His honors include a bronze medal in the World U-17 Hockey Challenge and a selection to the 2011 Subway Super Series. Rielly’s season was cut short by a torn ACL as the D-man played only 18 games for the Warriors scoring 18 points during that stretch, including 3 goals. We needed to add...

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Being a Leafs fan in Northern Alberta offers few benefits. I get to see the team play live only once a year. I have to subscribe to Center Ice or track down feeds online if I want to catch Sportsnet or Leafs TV games, and I never know what is happening with the Marlies. To make matters worse, the Leafs scouting staff rarely selects players from the WHL so I get few chances to watch prospects, and rarely have hope that a Western player will be selected in the draft by the Leafs (All QMJHL fans are playing a...

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For the first time in these playoffs, the Toronto Marlies lost a game. Okay they've only played four, so it's not a big deal. And if you asked the Marlies last night, they didn't see it as too big of a deal either, yet. The general sentiment echoed throughout those who spoke after the game (Eakins, Frattin, Gardiner, to name a few), was that yeah they lost, but that the chances were there for them to win the game and they really only made a few mistakes which unfortunately led to Abbotsford goals. Jerry D'Amigo and Ryan Hamilton both missed tremendous scoring...

Stuart Percy - July 12, 2013

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Leafs fans are showing heightened interest in the Marlies lately, and deservedly so as they have officially begun their run for the Calder Cup. While AHL success in the playoffs is always a fantastic experience for any player - especially young ones - fans of Toronto hockey at the end of the day are asking themselves one thing: How does this help the Toronto Maple Leafs? Earlier in the year, I wrote a piece looking at Calder Cup Finalists translation to NHL success. That leads into the current edition of the Marlies as we look at who on this team...

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It was another 4-3 game in which the Marlies gave up a two goal lead and Jerry D'Amigo scored twice, including the game winner in the final minutes. In many respects it was like watching the same game as Thursday night's. Did we mention that Zigomanis scored and Foligno, Verone and Brennan were the same Rochester goal scorers from Game 1? All that matters from the Marlie perspective is that it was the same result and they now hold a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. An announced sell out crowd of towel wavers provided a good atmosphere, particularly...

Marcel Mueller

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An update on the Maple Leafs of tomorrow: Who's Hot: - After being passed over by the Maple Leafs coaching staff to begin the year, Nazem Kadri has made it his mission to claw his way back to the NHL. He had a superb month of November with 6 goals and 11 assists for 17 points in 12 games played. Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins has been working closely with the youngster to help him simplify his game and cut down on the mental mistakes he was prone to making last year. With that said, the team has been careful about...