Leafs Prospect Update: February 5, 2013

Justin Fisher
February 05 2013 07:10AM

Morgan Rielly - Better than Yakupov and Galchenyuk and everyone else, too.

Who says Brian Burke is full of hot air?

Leafs TV aired it's annual 'Behind the Draft' special this past Friday, and shone a little more light on the Morgan Rielly selection. Immediately after Burke took to the podium and called Rielly's name, and before Rielly reached the stage, the microphone picks up a quick conversation between Burke and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. 

"Is that who you wanted?" Bettman asks.

"We had him first... rated first overall." Burke responds.

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Leafs Prospect Update: December 10th, 2012

Justin Fisher
December 10 2012 08:05AM

With the WHL trade deadline fast approaching, the Moose Jaw Warriors this past week sent St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Edmundson to the Kamloops Blazers for Tyler Bell, Jayden Halbgewachs, and a 1st round pick in 2015.

Yes, none of these players have anything to with the Toronto Maple Leafs. I bring this up because this trade quite clearly indicates that Moose Jaw, currently 7th in their conference and barely holding onto a playoff spot, is looking to the future as opposed to building up for a long postseason run. 

And while that may still be true, Warriors GM Alan Millar told the Moose Jaw Times-Herald this past week that Leafs top prospect Morgan Rielly is not in play. Not only is Rielly staying in Moose Jaw, but it appears that extenuating circumstances may be diminishing his trade value. From the Times-Herald's Matthew Gourlie...

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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.

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Leafs Prospect Update: November 18th, 2012

Justin Fisher
November 19 2012 03:08AM

Morgan Rielly’s season just keeps going downhill. 

With only 2 points in his past 7 games, the Leafs’ greatest beacon-of-hope faced further humiliation this past week. First, news surfaced that Rielly’s bobblehead release date would be pushed back “due to complications with the manufacturer.”

Now, video footage from the Subway Super Series shows Moose Jaw teammate Sam Fioretti making some disparaging (and censored) remarks about Rielly’s Movember muzzy. Leave your 'PG' guess as to what Sam Fioretti actually said to Rielly in the comments section below.

Moving on - It’s good to see that Nazem Kadri has woken up.

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Leafs Prospect Update: November 12th, 2012

Justin Fisher
November 12 2012 05:52PM

Every Monday, our man Justin Fisher will break down the weekend that was for various Leaf prospects worldwide. Last week's report can be found here.

The United States Hockey League is an easy league to forget about when checking in on prospects, and understandably so. The top junior league in the U.S, the USHL is often a one year stopgap for young players heading to the NCAA. 

Fargo Force forward Dominic Toninato, Toronto’s 5th round pick in the 2012 Draft, is the only Maple Leafs prospect currently playing in the USHL, and hey, he’s been playing pretty damn good as of late.

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