Leafs Prospect Update – February 2

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While he may not have entered Toronto in a fire-dress whilst riding a mechanical tiger, William Nylander is, nonetheless, turning a lot of heads.

Nylander has a pair of points in his first four AHL games and has been getting a lot of good press.  The concern with Nylander was how he would adjust to the North American game, playing on small ice as a smaller, skilled forward.  His first goal, surprisingly, was scored with Nylander going hard to the net to chase down a rebound, lifting the defenseman’s stick as he blew past him for the backhanded goal.

Nylander has been a one man breakout at the AHL level and it’s clear that his speed and puck skills outclass the rest of the league.  Kyle Dubas has already stated that Nylander will spend the remainder of the year with the Marlies and with the Leafs looking like a trainwreck yet again, there’s no reason to stray from that plan.  This year will be about adjusting to how quickly space closes down on small ice and learning the intricacies on the defensive side of the puck.  How Nylander adapts in these two areas will largely dictate where he starts the 2015-16 season.

Outside of Nylander and Connor Brown, the Leafs forward prospects have been lacklustre this season.  Andreas Johnson hasn’t really taken a step forward from his SHL Rookie of the Year campaign, Frederik Gauthier, while hot lately, is hovering around a point per game in his draft+2 season in the QMJHL, and Carter Verhaeghe has seen his point production dip significantly from last year.  With the Leafs plummeting down the standings in what’s starting to feel like an annual tradition this time of year, adding some forward prospects with upside should be a priority for the trade deadline.

Maple Leafs Prospect Statistics - 2014-15

Last Update: Thursday, April 2.
Name
DraftRoundHeightWeightAgeTeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-SOG
FORWARDS
JAMIE DEVANE200936' 5"21723MarliesAHL39022-419
BRAD ROSS201026' 0"17522Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
31
7
4
3
4
3
8
6
0
4
45
17
GREG MCKEGG201036' 0"19122MarliesAHL3181018-175
SAM CARRICK201056' 0"18822MarliesAHL3531417-1269
TYLER BIGGS201156' 2"20521Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
35
8
2
4
2
2
4
6
-1
1
50
21
JOSH LEIVO201136'2"19521MarliesAHL214913356
TONY CAMERANESI201155' 9"16221U of Min-DuluthNCAA23613196
DAVID BROLL201166' 2"21621Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
21
14
0
1
0
7
0
8
-8
-2
33
30
DOMINIC TONINATO201256' 1"16520U of Min-DuluthNCAA241482216
CONNOR BROWN201265' 11"16020MarliesAHL431221331084
RYAN RUPERT201265' 8"18620Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
25
17
5
5
7
9
12
14
11
7
39
32
FREDERIK GAUTHIER201316' 5"21419RimouskiQMJHL2313121522
CARTER VERHAEGHE201336' 1"18119NiagaraOHL482033538
FABRICE HERZOG201356' 2"17619ZugSwiss NLA376284
ANDREAS JOHNSON201375' 10"18319FrolundaSHL431810289
WILLIAM NYLANDER201415'1117418Modo
Marlies
SHL
AHL
21
4
8
1
12
1
20
2
3
0
J.J. PICCINICH201446'0"19018Boston UNCAA H-East18112-3
DAKOTA JOSHUA201456'2"18218Sioux FallsUSHL32111627-6
NOLAN VESEY201466'1"19519U of MaineNCAA H East2569151
PIERRE ENGVALL201476'3"19018Frolunda J20SuperElit2291423-8
PATRICK WATLINGAHLSigning6'0"17321Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
27
8
2
4
1
4
3
8
2
4
18
11
BRETT FINDLAYAHLSigning6'0"18921Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
13
20
1
9
2
9
3
18
-6
4
14
60
STEFAN DELLA ROVEREAHLSigning5'11"20024Solar BearsECHL259514447
DEFENCEMEN
NAMEDraftRoundHEIGHTWEIGHTAGETeamLeagueGPGAPts+/-SOG
ANDREW MACWILLIAM200876'2"22625MarliesAHL391231128
ERIC KNODEL200956' 6"21624Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
11
18
0
2
5
2
5
4
0
7
15
20
PETTER GRANBERG201046' 3"20022Marlies
Leafs
AHL
NHL
28
3
1
0
6
0
7
0
0
0
15
1
TOM NILSSON201146'0"18021MarliesAHL36156227
MATTHEW FINN201226' 0"19920MarliesAHL21112-128
VIKTOR LOOV201276'3"20022MarliesAHL423912149
RINAT VALIEV201436'2"20819KootenayWHL286232915
BLAKE KESSELAHLSigning6'2"21025Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
3
32
0
4
1
11
1
15
1
-8
3
67
GOALIES
NAMEDraftRoundHEIGHTWEIGHTAGETeamLeagueGPIRecordGAASV%SO
CHRISTOPHER GIBSONFASigning6' 1"18822MarliesAHL229-10-02.56.9181
GARRET SPARKS201176' 2"20021Marlies
Solar Bears
AHL
ECHL
2
17
1-0-0
9-3-1
1.00
2.71
.966
.929
1
2
ANTOINE BIBEAU201366' 3"20720MarliesAHL198-7-02.64.9184