TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 5 - Matt Finn

Jon Steitzer
September 06 2013 12:36PM

Name: Matt Finn
Position: Defense   
Hometown: Good ol’ Taranna boy
Size: 6’0, 199lbs.
2013 Team: Guelph Storm (OHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 2nd Round, 35th Overall in 2012
As much as I instantly question the logic behind every single first round pick the Leafs make (yes including Morgan Rielly), the past few years have provided me with a universal love of the teams second round picks. Really I’m only talking about two players because Kenny Ryan in 2009 was questionable and the Leafs have traded their second round pick away in 2011 and 2013, but man do I sure like Brad Ross and to an even greater extent Matt Finn.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 14- Brad Ross

Jon Steitzer
August 27 2013 07:56AM



Name: Bradley Ross Rad Boss
Position: Left Wing
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
Size: 6'1, 183lbs
2013 Team: Toronto Marlies, Idaho Steelheads
Acquired: Draft, 2nd Round, 2010

If you asked me a year ago where I’d rank Rad Boss I probably would have placed him a lot higher than 18th spot I personally ranked him at. Putting aside his WHL production, which 42 goals, 82 points in 68 games is damned impressive, I would have been thrilled about his willingness to play the game over the line and his ability to at least function as a supporting cast member in the top six. I’d ignore his 42 goals and instead focus on his 163 PIMs. I’d celebrate his suspension history that even Raffi Torres might find a bit excessive. I was a fan of Brad Ross agitator.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 16 - Tom Nilsson

Jon Steitzer
August 23 2013 08:14AM

Name: Tom Nilsson
Position: Defense
Hometown: Tyresö, SWE
Size: 6’0", 176lb
2013 Team: Mora (Allsvenskan)
Acquired: Draft - 4th round, 2011

To say I don’t know much about Tom Nilsson is an understatement. In fact I wonder how many people really have much of idea about him other than European scouts. Even with my occasional early morning viewing of Swedish Elite League games I can’t say anything about Nilsson since this will be the year he finally moves up from Sweden’s tier two league into what is likely the fourth best hockey league in the world. My lack of knowledge of Nilsson didn’t stop me from ranking him 17th on the prospect list, one behind where he actually wound up. I guess I’m trusting that since the Leafs seem to have a good eye for Swedish defensemen that trend would continue, but I’m going to hold off on anointing him the next Niklas Lidstrom.

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TLN Top Twenty Prospects: No. 19 – Andrew MacWilliam

Jon Steitzer
August 20 2013 10:02AM

Name: Andrew MacWilliam
Position: Defenseman
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Size: 6’2, 214 lbs.
2013 Teams: University of North Dakota, Toronto Marlies
Acquired: Draft- 7th Round, 2008

What can be said about the Andrew MacWilliam? He’s certainly a prospect in the Leafs organization. He’s a left-handed shot. He’s not one that garnered a lot of attention over the past five years he’s been kicking around the Leafs system (a rare Cliff Fletcher draftee), but he’s one prospect that I think we might be hearing a fair bit about in the next year.

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Ragin' for Stajan: A Bozak Comparison

Jon Steitzer
August 13 2013 09:07AM

Funny thing about this claim, by any reasonable metric it’s 100% right. In the 55 games that Matt Stajan had his time overlap with Phil Kessel’s in Toronto Matt Stajan put up 41 points, a .745ppg pace, and not one that was entirely dependent on Kessel as Stajan was one of many centres rotated onto Kessel’s line. Arguably it was these numbers that made him capable of being a key piece in the deal that would bring Phaneuf to Toronto.

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