Leafs Prospect Update – October 27

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This past Thursday, I had the chance to take in the Colts – Ice Dogs game and got to see Carter Verhaeghe live for the first time since the rookie tournament.  Of the players taken in the 2013 draft by the Leafs, Verhaeghe has probably turned the most heads in the early stages of this season. Here are a few of my thoughts on his game.

First of all, like many of the Leafs’ picks over the last three years, Verhaeghe was used in all situations by Niagara, seeing time on the powerplay and penalty kill as well as significant time at even strength.  While on the ice, Verhaeghe spends a lot of time with the puck on his stick.  He’s quick, has decent puck skills and doesn’t shy away from carrying the puck over his own blueline or in across the opposition line.  When he beat defenders in Thursday’s game, it was always to the outside with speed; although I suspect he probably has enough puck handling skill to dangle guys in the middle if the opportunity presents itself.  His shot didn’t really standout to me one way or the other but the sample was a small one.

As far as deficiencies go, I’d like to see Verhaeghe drive the net a bit more when he has the puck.  There were three occasions in Thursday’s game where he’d beaten the defender to the outside but he either threw the puck on net from a sharp angle or passed the puck across the front of the net — on two of those occasions, protecting the puck and forcing his way toward the net would have likely been the better play.

Despite that, he doesn’t play a timid game.  Without the puck, he went to the net regularly and he fought the puck retrieval battles admirably.

All in all, Verhaeghe is a fair bit like Connor Brown in that he doesn’t really wow you with any particular skill but his smarts and the sum of his parts seem to get the job done.  Ultimately, he’s a 3rd round draft pick who looks like he has a legitimate shot. Really, that’s all we can ask for.

If you’d like to see a really good statistical look at both Verhaeghe and Connor Brown’s offensive performance to date, I’d direct you to the always worthwhile writing of Gus Katsaros.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2013-14 Season

Last Update: Tuesday, May 27.
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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
  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Burtonboy Mind Bomb  Hhah I know, Vanek has always Killed us, Moulson will want at least 5 mil as a UFA winger, and I am not sure Moulson just did not benifit from JT, 
     IF your the Ilse, do you throw that money at Vanek or Moulson, knowing you cant sign both with their internal cap. The Ilse also have some nice peices coming up

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Burtonboy Mind Bomb  PS HE should have thrown that package for Bernier or schedier though in Hindsight. Nabokov is getting up there

  • Cameron19

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 Burtonboy Or Miller.

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Dan39 Not too bad for a team that doesn’t care about cap though. After this year, he’s set to make 20 million over the next 5 years.  They paid him 12 million last year, and 6 million this year, so the contract was heavily front-loaded.

  • Mind Bomb

    Cameron19 Mind Bomb Burtonboy Oh good point, hmm I think Snow’s internal Cap must be handcuffing him

  • Cameron19

    TheCanucksnaphook Cameron19 Dan39 Yep, I probably would too, but it would cost us too much being in the same division, and it’s pretty risky.  I mean, everyone is saying he needs a change of scenery, but what if he just sucks? 5.5 milllion cap hit for 5 years.

  • dlb eh

    Cameron19 
    i don’t know, watching him in the pre-season he was one of the only consistant threats from Buffalo.  if they don’t know how to handle him then they’re idiots.  unless there’s some secret off-ice or physical ailment, of course.
    i’d trade for him in a heart-beat…so long as the CAP space and depth chart allowed it.  i would bring him in for what he could do in bottom pair minutes now with top pair potential in two years.
    but we don’t see him day to day so it’s entrely possible i’ve only been able to see the good.

  • Burtonboy

    Mind Bomb Cameron19 Burtonboy Its interesting that NYI acquired  a pending FA that they know will cost a bundle to re-sign . Might be an indication they are going to start spending

  • dlb eh

    Cameron19 
    yeah, Myers doesn’t make sense for our group where it is right now.  he’s best suited on a team like Buffalo that has time to let him develop.  if they’re not idiots.

  • Dan39

    Cameron19 TheCanucksnaphook Dan39 I feel like he could just suck. These big frames are always over-valued by scouts and draft position retains its weight for too long into a player’s career. On a defenseman, you can buy that the defensive side of their game can take longer to develop, but he’s into his 5th year in the NHL – he should at least have his offensive game put together.