Friday, May 29, 2015
Leafs Prospects

Leafs Prospects

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At this point in time, it is probably fair to call Morgan Rielly the most hyped Leafs prospect since Wendel Clark. I don't know whether or not that's fair, but with great hype comes great expectations. To this point, Rielly hasn’t done anything to really quash the excitement that is building for him. He’s scored electric goals, he’s played well for Canada in the past, and now he’s on the World Juniors team. In essence, Rielly is following the path of many elite defensemen before him. With that in mind, I collected some stats on how players he’s been compared to...

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Welcome back, Josh Leivo. After missing time with a concussion, Leivo returned to the Sudbury Wolves lineup last week and he did so with a vengeance.  The Wolves had 3 games in 3 nights this weekend and Leivo put up 2 goals and 5 assists.  Leivo now has 34 points in 29 games on a pretty weak Sudbury team. Leivo is cut from the powerforward cloth and unlike the Leafs' other powerforward prospect, Tyler Biggs, Leivo will play with the puck on his stick.  My opinion on Leivo would be that his ceiling is higher than Biggs' but that he's also...

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With World Junior selection camps getting under way this week, a handful of Leafs prospects will be leaving their CHL teams to join up with their national all-star teams.  If you'd like a quick breakdown on the Leafs prospects who will be involved in the World Junior Championships, here's a short post I put together over at Pension Plan Puppets.  This natural break in the schedule seems like as good a time as any to check in with where our kids are sitting among their peers at this stage of the season. The Leafs have two prospects who I would...

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The Marlies broke their three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win in Rochester last night. Matt Frattin continues to score pretty much every game since returning from injury, notching two last night including the game winner, his sixth and seventh in six games so far this season. Jerry D'Amigo and Carter Ashton rounded out the scoring. Ben Scrivens stopped 28 of 29 shots. The Marlies face the Amerks again back at home tonight at 7 p.m. EST. You can catch the game on Sportsnet One. In OHL action, Tyler Biggs scored for Oshawa in a 4-2 win over Kingston, taking his...

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A slow start to the AHL year was probably the last thing Nazem Kadri needed. Kadri is the most polarizing Leafs prospect in recent memory and at 22 has yet to stick as an NHL regular.  After spending the tail end of the summer training with fitness guru Gary Roberts, Kadri came to camp only to have his fitness criticized by head coach Dallas Eakins.  Cue the fan unrest. Through nine games, Kadri had put up a very pedestrian 3 points (0G, 3A) and found himself on the healthy scratch list. The 'Bust' set were starting to get loud again. One week...

Tyler Biggs

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LeafsTV continue with their mini-documentary on two Leaf prospects: Tyler Biggs of the Oshawa Generals and Stuart Percy of the Mississauga Steelheads. Enjoy.

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For most of the Leafs CHL prospects, this was a pretty lacklustre week. Tyler Biggs picked up a pair of assists in Friday's game but was held pointless in a pair of losses on Saturday and Sunday.  David Broll had a 3-point weekend with 2 goals and 1 assist.  Rielly plays an afternoon game tomorrow and after 1 assist in his last 3 games, he'll have to put up some crooked numbers for his weekly production to be in any way noteworthy -- though his play was, as always, solid. While the group-wide production was uninspiring, there's still plenty to talk...

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Forget all that I've said about Tyler Biggs to date because he's decided that he's a completely different player.  It's almost as though he read what I wrote in this space a week ago.  In 3 games last week, Biggs wasn't rushing with the puck on his stick, he parked himself inches from the goalie's face when setting his screens, and generally just asserted his will on the game in a way that I had rarely seen in the first 15 games of the year. Well, Biggs was rewarded with 6 points in 3 games including a 4-point effort in Sunday's...

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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...