Catching Up on the Leafs Prospects

Around these parts I’d like to think we do a pretty good job of keeping you up to date on the Marlies. I mean, not me personally. I don’t particularly care for watching the AHL, but there are a lot of plucky young bloggers here who are more than happy to give you the straight poop on Toronto’s other mens hockey team.

Alas, the Marlies are only part of the picture and that’s why I’ve decided to inflict on you, yet another Tableau dashboard you never asked for. This one giving you the summary of the various players on the Leafs reserve list.

The data will be updated regularly, and this one reflects the results at end of day October 26th.

So Who Is Doing Good?

Well, let’s start off with Miro Aaltonen, who really isn’t a Leafs prospect, but rather a guy the Leafs will retain the NHL rights to and leaving us wondering “what could have been”, especially now that he’d certainly have a role to play in the bottom six. Aaltonen has 19 points in 23 games in the KHL, and that’s pretty darn impressive. Will we see him return to the Leafs in the future? I’d like to hope so, but I’m not holding my breath. Given the cap crunch the Leafs will be in next season, Aaltonen might be an affordable bottom six option if he gets assurances that he’ll play.

Of players that we can expect to see somewhere down the line, Mac Hollowell, and Sean Durzi have been the standouts so far this season. They are both up over a point per game as defensemen, and that’s pretty darn good. Of course, when you consider this is their first time draft eligible + 2 year, you’d hope for some impressive numbers and they have been delivering.

The player that absolutely needs special mention is Ian Scott, who has been picking up every award the WHL can throw at him so far this season, as well as producing a .945 save percentage in 13 games this season. At this point he’s really the only goaltender in the organization who has numbers we can be excited about, so all hail Ian Scott, the goaltender of the future.

Who Has Been Less Good?

Unfortunately this is a much easier space to populate. Injuries have kept Filip Kral and Yegor Korshkov out of commission, and there are plenty of guys like Dzierkals, and Bobylev that the Leafs have clearly moved on from, but retain the rights to, who do nothing more than justify the organization’s disinterest in them, but additionally, Vladislav Kara, Fedor Gordeev, and James Greenway have been slow out the gate. Of the guys we expect to be better, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev has been underwhelming, only scoring at a .54 ppg pace, and Riley Stotts has a .44 ppg pace which is a trend down from where both of them were last season.

And What About Those Marlies?

Well, a strong debut from Rasmus Sandin has to have everyone pumped, and throw in some solid performances from Carl Grundstrom, Calle Rosen, Pierre Engvall, and Trevor Moore, and it appears the Marlies will remain a source of optimism.

Of course, Timothy Liljegren not having a hot start is something that sticks out, but no one should even be looking at the panic button yet. Jeremy Bracco is a bit more of a concern, as he hasn’t been able to claim in a bigger role now that Johnsson and Kapanen have graduated.

Additionally, Adam Brooks is coming back from his injury, and we’ll see what he can do in what should be considered a make or break year for him.

So please, go and checkout the dashboard. The intent is update it at least once a month, with an accompanying post on who is doing well. If you have any suggestions for other pieces to include, please drop them in the comments.

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    • getrdone

      Brooks was chosen as a 20 year old I believe and had not done much before his draft year. I was much higher on Andrew Nielson a few years ago, but that has not been such a smart choice.