Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Report: October

By: David Morassutti

Looking at the month of October the Toronto Maple Leafs should be proud that certain prospects have continued their strong performances from last season.

The month of October was not a bright one for the Toronto Maple Leafs with the team only recording one win in the month but this season was about more than just what happens at the NHL level. The Leafs do not have a lot of talent on the current roster and that was by design because the team’s talent lies in the AHL and in junior leagues. This was a relatively good month for the Leafs prospects, especially the players from the 2014 and 2015 drafts. Here is a summary of those players and what they have accomplished so far.

Prospects in the OHL (Sorted by Draft Order)
Name Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Mitch Marner London Knights OHL 13 9 12 21 24 14
Travis Dermott Erie Otters OHL 14 0 9 9 14 11
Jeremy Bracco Kitchener Rangers OHL 3 2 4 6 0 3
Stephen Desrocher Oshawa Generals* OHL 17 5 6 11 6 -2
Kingston Frontenacs OHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
Nikita Korostelev Sarnia Sting OHL 15 4 10 14 9 4
JJ Piccinich (2014) London Knights OHL 13 11 9 20 7 14

 

Prospects in the QMJHL (Sorted by Draft Order)
Name Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Dmytro Timashov Quebec Remparts QMJHL 16 8 20 28 28 10
Martins Dzierkals Rouyn-Noranda Huskies QMJHL 16 11 15 26 10 6

 

Prospects in the WHL  (Sorted by Draft Order)
Name Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Andrew Nielsen Lethbridge Hurricanes WHL 15 6 11 17 38 10

 

Prospects in the U.S. (USHL/NCAA) (Sorted by Draft Order)
Name Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Dakota Joshua (2014) Ohio State University Big-10 4 0 0 0 2 1
Nolan Vesey (2014) U. of Maine H-East 7 0 0 0 4 -4
Dominic Toninato (2012) U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCHC 7 3 0 3 6 -5
Tony Cameranesi (2011) U. of Minnesota-Duluth NCHC 7 2 6 8 4 5
Prospects in Europe  (SHL/Allsvenskan)
Name Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
Andreas Johnson (2013) Frolunda HC SweHL 16 7 8 15 6 2
Jesper Lindgren MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik SweHL 15 0 0 0 4 -7
Pierre Engvall (2014) Mora IK Swe-1 19 3 5 8 6 4

Obviously the focus this season will be on the 2015 fourth overall pick Mitch Marner, who is expected to represent Canada at the World Juniors. He had a slow start to the season but recently he has been able to continue last season’s offensive tear that saw him finish second in OHL scoring. Travis Dermott impressed many people with his skating, puck handling and overall skill. Like Marner, Dermott is a strong candidate as well to make it to the Team Canada roster mainly in a top four role and playing the point on the powerplay. JJ Piccinich and Jeremy Bracco are interesting prospects because both moved on from the NCAA to the OHL and have been putting up impressive numbers right from the start.

The Toronto Marlies are regarded as one of the most talented teams in the AHL with the Leafs choosing to have many of their young prospects spend time there. That way the team can ensure that their prospects will have a smooth transition to the NHL. The Marlies have had 19 players at the age of 24 or under on their roster this season.

# Name Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- Age
62 William Nylander C 10 5 5 10 4 5 19
14 Joshua Leivo L 9 3 5 8 6 6 22
19 Brendan Leipsic C 10 1 6 7 6 9 21
90 Nikita Soshnikov L 11 4 2 6 4 2 21
20 Ryan Rupert C 7 3 1 4 2 5 21
29 Connor Brown R 8 0 4 4 2 0 21
4 Frankie Corrado D 7 0 3 3 2 3 22
42 Kasperi Kapanen F 8 3 0 3 0 3 19
41 Justin Holl D 9 1 2 3 2 3 23
11 Zach Hyman F 9 0 3 3 8 1 23
10 Stuart Percy D 9 0 3 3 2 -1 22
50 Viktor Loov D 9 0 3 3 6 5 22
23 Frederik Gauthier C 10 1 2 3 4 2 20
37 Casey Bailey F 5 0 2 2 2 1 23
16 Sam Carrick C 9 1 1 2 28 0 23
61 Rinat Valiev D 10 0 2 2 4 7 20
25 James Martin D 1 0 1 1 0 1 24
# Name GP GAA W L SO Age
40 Garret Sparks 5 2.18 3 2 1 22
1 Antoine Bibeau 6 2.17 5 1 0 21

The impressive part about this season is how the young players have stepped up and contributed early in the season. The tough part for young players in the AHL is playing against older players but seeing a 19 year old William Nylander score at a point per game pace is encouraging because it does not look like he is being overwhelmed in his increased role. Over the coming months, these prospects will build chemistry and once some of them finally make their way to the NHL it will be an easier transition, especially because they have already played together.

Moving forward the important thing will be to see how each prospect improves as they play more and begin to experience their own challenges and struggles. From what it looks like, many prospects have shown that they were worthy of being drafted by the Leafs.

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Posted on November 5, 2015, in Blog, In the System, Prospects, Toronto Marlies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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