PPP Prospects Pre-Season

Last season I kept a weekly tally of what the prospects were up to, mostly as a reaction to the lockout and to keep something fresh to discuss going.

I quite enjoyed it, and others may have as well (spelling errors aside), and it inspired me to branch off and post rambling thoughts out on the internet, so I'll be doing up fanposts once again this year.

Since camps aren't closed I'm working off of assumptions that some players won't be sent down, but once the AHL season starts we'll know for sure where to begin.

Below is my list of kids I'll be following - for now, we'll see if anyone is sent back to junior for an OA year ('93's), or down to the ECHL.

Connor Brown - Erie Otters, OHL - #21 in the Top 25 Under 25

Connor was drafted 156th overall in 2012, and played all of last season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 69 points (28-41) in 63 games, improved in the +/- column going from a -72 to a -11, and sadly missed the end of the season with a concussion. Early on this year Brown had 2 goals and 3 assists in the Otters preseason opener vs Niagara, is reprising his role as Otters Captain and looks to continue playing along side Connor McDavid. Sadly the Otters traded away Connor Crisp, so there will be no Connor line this year

Ryan Rupert - London Knights, OHL - NR Top 25 Under 25

Ryan was draft 157th overall in 2012 and played last season with the London Knights of the OHL. He posted 46 points (11G-35A) in 53 games and missed games due to injury and a 5 game suspension for a slash to The Soo's Nick Cousins. Rupert has had a large role in training camp so far, with a Russian D-Man sidelined due to visa issues.

Matt Finn - Guelph Storm, OHL - #8 in the Top 25 Under 25

Poor Matt Finn. Drafted 35th overall in the 2012 draft, he played just over half the schedule (41 games) due to bouts of mono (I feel your pain Matt) and a knee injury. He did put up 31 points (11G-20A) when he was on the ice, odds are good he'll be back for an OA season and hopefully he's run out all his bad luck last year.

Frederik Gauthier - Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL - #12 in the Top 25 Under 25

Drafted 21st overall in 2013 we have one of the rare QMJHL selections for the Maple Leafs. Potting 60 in 62 (22G-38A) the 6'5 214lbs newcomer will be once again tearing it up in Rimouski, and got a good review of his defense at the recent rookie tournament. He'll still be at Leafs camp (as current 1st round picks are) and will miss Fridays season opener in the Q, the earliest starting of the 3 CHL Leagues.

Carter Verhaeghe - Niagara IceDogs, OHL - #22 in the Top 25 Under 25

Drafted 82nd overall in 2013 it made one wish i for the off season come true, Verhaeghe is the first IceDog drafted by the Leafs (the good version, not the Mississauga version). Luca Caputi was the first IceDog to play for the Leafs, but was aquired in a trade. Last season in the O he posted 44 points in 64 games (18G 26A) playing a 2nd/3rd line role. This is his "show me" season due to essentially the IceDogs first line moving on, he'll be the 1C this year.

Antoine Bibeau - Charlottetown Islanders, QMJHL - NR Top 25 Under 25

A goalie drafted 172nd over all in 2013 he was the starter for the PEI Rocket (now Charlottetown islanders, almost PEI Islanders, and somehow NOT the PEI Fightin' Ice Taters), played 46 games, nabbed 1A and 2 PM's, a 2.18 GAA and .911 sv% with 5 shutouts. The Islanders acquired Eric Brassard from Gatineau in the off season but after putting up sub .900 save% last season, Antoine probably won't be pushed too hard for his spot.

Fabrice Herzog - Quebec Remparts, QMJHL - NR Top 25 Under 25

Fabrice Herzog was selected 142nd overall in 2013 and played with EV Zug in Switzerland last season. He'll be joining the Quebec Remparts this season, bringing the total of Leafs in the Q to 3. Hockey DB as him putting up 4 points (2G 2A) in 20 games with Zug last year, but potted 45 points (28G, 17A) in 32 games in Swiss Major Junior. Here is Burtch's write up post-draft.

Morgan Rielly - Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL - #4 Top 25 Under 25

Will he stay or will he go? That's the question for Rielly. Drafted 5th overall in 2012 Leafs management has to choose: Keep the 19 year old in the NHL, or send him back to the WHL? Rielly posted 54 points (12G 42A) on an awful Moose Jaw team last season, then joined the Marlies and had 1G 2A in 14 regular season games and 1G in 8 playoff games. Morgan is one to watch in camp, perhaps he'll get the 9 game try out, or he'll spend half the season practicing with the team, having those 9 games spread out until the WJC's, then tell Moose Jaw to trade him to someone good for his last half of a season in the W. Who knows, he's the biggest question mark on the list.



Max Everson - Harvard? Omaha? Springfield Mystery Spot? - NR Top 25 Under 25

Here's an interesting kid. Drafted 203 opverall in 2011 he played 7 games for Harvard in the NCAA until he was suspended for the rest of the year in a cheating scandal that made monocles fall and ladies to faint in shock(these are things I imagine about Harvard). He had 1A in those games before moving to Omaha of the USHL where he played 16 games netting 1G and 4A before being removed from the roster. this year? He's back on the Roster at Harvard so here's hoping he stays this time.



Tony Cameranesi - U. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, NCAA - #14 Top 25 Under 25


Drafted 130th overall in 2011 Tony had a good season with UMD. 34 points (14G - 20A) in 38 games. He'll hopefully play a larger role on the team, as older players leave the team and as these things go every year. I don't have much to say about him.

Dominic Toninato - U. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, NCAA - #17 in Top 25 Under 25

Draftin 126th overall in 2012 Donminic will be leaving the USHL behind, last season he had 870 points (29G-41A) in 64 games and helped the Fargo Force to the Clark Cup finals (3G-3A, in 16 playoff games)where they fell to the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Dominic will be joining Tony Cameranisi at UMD this season.

Eric Knodel - U. New Hampshire Wildcats, NCAA - NR Top 25 Under 25

Drafted 128 overall in 2009 Knodel had 21 points (10G-11A) in 31 games for UNH. his point totals have gone up in 2 years in the NCAA, he had 20 points in 50 games in his last USHL season. Not too sure how to rank NCAA defensemen, but this will be a telling season for his time as a Leafs prospect.

Dennis Robertson - Brown Bears, NCAA - NR Top 25 Under 25

Picked 173rd overall in 2010 Robertson has been consistent at Brown, staying near 20 points the past 3 seasons. He had 20 (3G-17A) last year in 36 games on defense.

Viktor Loov - MODO, SHL - #24 Top 25 Under 25

Drafted 209th overall in 2012 Loov had 8 points (2G-6A) in Sodertalje SK last season. this year he moves up to Modo of the newly renamed Swedish Hockey League (formerly Eliteserien). A jump in quality of opponents means we're looking for a jump in quality of play and performance. We need him to make the NHL, for the pun threads alone.

Tom Nilsson - Frolunda, SHL - #23 Top 25 Under 25

Drafted an even 100th overall in 2011, Nilsson had 4 points (1G-3A) in 40 games for Mora IK in Sweden. This year, like Loov he's moving up to the SHL with Folunda. He's not alone as a Leafer there, he has...

Andreas Johnson - Frolunda SHL - NR Top 25 Under 25

Drafted 202nd overall in 2013 Johnson was already in the SHL where he had 1 goal in 7 games with Frolunda. He has 23G and 31A with Frolunda U20 last year as well.


More will be added to the list, Jamie Devane will probably end up in the ECHL again, for example, because he's not very good.

Oh, and to follow the rules, here's something in advance of a seasons worth of mis-spellling. is a fan community that allows members to post their own thoughts and opinions on the Toronto Maple Leafs and hockey in general. These views and thoughts may not be shared by the editor of

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