Leafs Prospect Update: December 3rd, 2012

Justin Fisher
December 02 2012 09:14PM

Photo: UMD Hockey's Facebook Page

Not to sound like a broken record, but Tony Cameranesi had another solid weekend for the NCAA's Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Cameranesi put up a goal and 2 assists in two weekend match ups against Michigan Tech, bringing his season point totals to 6 goals and 15 points in 14 games - that's good for second in WCHA Freshmen scoring, and tied for 12th in league scoring.

So, just how good is 15 points in 14 games for a 1st-year NCAA hockey player? Small sample size aside, Cameranesi's 1.07 would have tied for the rookie lead last season, and would have been a convincing lock for rookie lead in 2009-2010. This paragraph may have been even more impactful if it wasn't for Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz (1.57) scoring like a mad man in 2010-2011. Damn him.

Having cemented himself on UMD's top line, Cameranesi will likely continue to produce as he has, and should challenge for the rookie scoring title amongst a group that includes higher draft selections such as Rocco Grimaldi (FLA), Nic Kerdiles (ANA), Teddy Blueger (PIT), and Jujhar Kaihra (EDM).

Hey, maybe Cameranesi will one day produce at an NCAA Matt Frattin level, who scored at a ridiculous rate in his Senior year at North Dakota, and continues scoring at the ridiculous rate today with the Toronto Marlies. With 2 goals and 2 assists in three weekend victories, Frattin improves to to 7 goals in 8 games.

Why the goal-scoring surge? Again, small sample size, but it's clear that Frattin is benefiting from shooting the puck more. In 23 games regular season AHL games last year, Frattin averaged 2.9 shots per game. In the NHL, 1.6 shots per game in 56 games. This year, Frattin is shooting at a 3.6 shot per game pace, and scoring on 24.1% of them. Even if that shooting percentage comes back down to earth, Frattin's willingness to put pucks on net bodes well for his future as an offensive contributor at the NHL level.

In other Leafs prospect news…

lonely tweet sent out by Matt Moran (OHL Central Scouting) suggests that 2011 7th rounder Max Everson may be bolting from Harvard and joining the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. I say 'lonely' because it's the only record of Everson's defection that I can find. In 7 games for the Crimson this season, Everson has only been able to muster an assist. The optics aren't great, but if Everson can find his game again in Omaha, there may still be hope for him yet.

Tyler Biggs is contributing offensively (I know, right?). With 4 goals and 4 assists in his last 5 games, Biggs continues to put up consistent numbers and keeps putt-putting along at a point-per-game pace with 31 points in 30 games for the Oshawa Generals.

Good on Guelph goalkeeper Garret Sparks for turning in a pretty amazing November. After some early season struggles that saw his save percentage struggle to keep up with the rest of the OHL, Sparks posted a 6-3-0-2 record in November, while sporting an impressive 1.94 GAA and an even more impressive .940 SV% in 12 games. 

Jake Gardiner broke his 5 game scoreless drought on Sunday afternoon with a 2-goal performance. It was only a matter of time before the Marlies defender returned to the scoresheet, as he's shooting the puck like a man possessed. Gardiner sits 8th amongst AHLers with 69 shots in 21 games. As a defenceman! What a guy!

No news on when Moose Jaw Warriors season ticket holders will get their hands on their much-anticipated Morgan Rielly bobble heads. Quite frankly, I don't know if the world is ready for a Morgan Rielly bobble head.

And lastly, here's a photo of Nazem Kadri, who scored 3 goals for the Marlies this weekend. Careful, Nazem. If you make that face for too long, it'll stay like that forever.

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Justin Fisher is a Toronto-based writer of sorts. He likes hockey and comic books and sriracha sauce. He doesn't like Don Cherry. Follow him on Twitter: @thejustinfisher
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#1 darcytuckersbeard
December 04 2012, 05:31PM
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Thanks for the update. It's refreshing to read some positive hockey news.

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