The CHL Playoffs are just getting underway -- unfortunately for most of the Leafs' prospects, they're also wrapping up. [more…]
Earlier this week, the Leafs director of amateur scouting, Dave Morrison, took some time out of his schedule to talk to me.
We ended up speaking for nearly an hour and we went over so much that I decided to break it down by section and quote him where appropriate. So with that, please do not misconstrue anything said below and contact me for clarification if you are unsure about anything.
With all that out of the way, here are the highlights from our chat: [more…]
After being away from his teammates for both the World Junior Championships and the Leafs' pre-season camp, Morgan Rielly returned to Moose Jaw and the Warriors returned to the win column for the first time since his departure. [more…]
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. [more…]
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Really exciting night for Leafs fans on a day that was otherwise full of depressing lockout news. [more…]
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 end ones, but this is a prospect I'm getting pretty excited about. His combination of size and a gifted set of hands is intriguing.The fact that he's willing to drop the gloves and work hard killing penalties just about completes the Leafs fan wet dream.
Always be weary of the big picture when a 19-year-old posts big junior numbers, but you never know; Leivo was a late birthday and perhaps the Leafs found a player here who needed the extra time beyond his draft season to really harness the tools at his disposal.
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 could have easily been goals had other players finished the play.
He played on the 2nd line 5-5. He was on the second powerplay unit as well as the 2nd penalty killing unit. Notable:there were quite a few (6) Frontenac powerplays and they failed to take advantage.
I was able to take a few pictures and I taped most of his shifts. Check out his hard work on the PK and goal at the end of the video: [more…]