September 14 2013 08:01AM
After a month of non-stop hot prospect action, The Leafs Nation's Top Twenty Prospects feature has come to an end.
As most of you likely expected all along, Morgan Rielly was named the Leafs' top prospect by our panel of writers. He heads up a group of seven defencemen who made the list, along with twelve forwards and a single goaltender. Since we released our countdown as twenty seperate articles, the least we could do is release one final article with the full list.
September 13 2013 10:37AM
Hometown: Vancouver, BC
Size: 6’1", 205 lbs
2013 Team: Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL), Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Acquired: Drafted, 1st Round, 5th Overall in 2012
Morgan Rielly is The Leafs Nation’s 2013 Top Prospect. Well, obviously.
It’s really no surprise that Rielly, Toronto’s 5th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, took top billing – in fact, he received first place votes across the board. Rielly is the type of high-octane offensive defenceman that every NHL team covets, in the mould of a Kris Letang, Erik Karlsson or Keith Yandle.
Yes, I think he could be that good.
But no, I don’t think he should be in the NHL this year.
September 11 2013 10:35AM
Frederik Gauthier - the Toronto Maple Leafs' first round selection, 22nd overall in June's NHL Entry Draft - was the definition of a safe pick.
Gauthier put up solid numbers in his QMJHL rookie season, scoring 22 goals and 60 points in 62 games. Still, it seems like point production often takes a back seat to defensive play and face-off ability when talking about the 6'5 centre.
September 10 2013 04:40PM
September 04 2013 06:41AM