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Martins Dzierkals appears as we update the Maple Leafs depth chart and pipeline chart

Track all the NHL-contracted and drafted players with these two handy lists.

Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The pipeline list is all the drafted players the Leafs currently hold the rights to. It has been updated to reflect some changes in teams.

Maple Leafs Pipeline as of March 2018

Name Birthdate Pos 2016/2017 Team 2017/2018 Team Rights Expire
Name Birthdate Pos 2016/2017 Team 2017/2018 Team Rights Expire
Keaton Middleton February 10, 1998 D Saginaw Spirit, OHL Saginaw Spirit, OHL June 1, 2018
Vladimir Bobylev April 18, 1997 C Vicoria Royals, WHL Toros Neftekamsk, VHL/MHL June 1, 2018
Nicolas Mattinen March 5, 1998 D London Knights, OHL Hamilton Bulldogs, OHL June 1, 2018
Pierre Engvall May 31, 1996 LW Mora IK, Allsvenskan HV71, SHL June 1, 2018
J.J. Piccinich June 12, 1996 RW London Knights, OHL Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL June 1, 2018
Nolan Vesey March 28, 1995 LW U. of Maine, NCAA U. of Maine, NCAA August 15, 2018
Martins Dzierkals April 4, 1997 LW R-N Huskies, QMJHL Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL June 1, 2019
Jesper Lindgren May 19, 1997 D MODO, Allsvenskan HPK, Liiga June 1, 2019
Ian Scott January 11, 1999 G Prince Albert Raiders, WHL Prince Albert Raiders, WHL June 1, 2019
Fedor Gordeev January 27, 1999 D Flint Firebirds, OHL Flint Firebirds, OHL June 1, 2019
Ryan McGregor January 29, 1999 C/LW Sarnia Sting, OHL Sarnia Sting, OHL June 1, 2019
Eemeli Räsänen April 6, 1999 D Kingston Frontenacs, OHL Kingston Frontenacs, OHL June 1, 2019
Dakota Joshua May 15, 1996 C Ohio State, NCAA Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2019
Joseph Woll July 12, 1998 G Boston College, NCAA Boston College, NCAA August 15, 2020
J.D. Greenway April 27, 1998 D U. of Wisconsin, NCAA U. of Wisconsin, NCAA August 15, 2020
Ryan O'Connell April 25, 1999 D St. Andrew's College, CAHS Penticten Vees, BCHL August 15, 2022
Yegor Korshkov July 10, 1996 RW Lokomotiv, KHL Lokomotiv, KHL Indefinite
Nikolai Chebykin August 1, 1997 LW Dynamo Moscow, KHL, VHL Dynamo St. Petersburg, VHL Indefinite
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C/W Irbis Kazan, MHL Bars Kazan, VHL/Ak Bars KHL Indefinite

With six players seeing their rights expire this season, the Leafs have a lot of decisions to make.

From reading seldo’s prospects report each week, I know that Nicolas Mattinen is much better looking with more ice time on a really bad team. That might be an illusion, the bad-team effect can fool even seasoned viewers of hockey. Keaton Middleton is also improving on his modest points totals from last year. It’s very obvious that the organization likes Middleton, so don’t be surprised if he sticks around.

Martins Dzierkals has finally appeared, and despite one Latvian report that Dinamo Riga wanted to sign him, he was added to the Marlies roster yesterday and transferred to the Solar Bears roster.

Moving up a level from the drafted prospects, we have everyone on an NHL contract in the depth chart. I ordered the chart by natural position, so you have to remember that some lefties play right. I also tried to set it up in-season for who is most likely to get ice time or a call-up, so Carl Grundstrom is at the bottom, but that’s because he’s in Sweden, not because he’s the worst. Ditto Eric Fehr, who is in San Diego.

This chart does not look good on some mobile devices, and I just can’t control that, so please try this direct link if it looks terrible here: Google sheets version.

Maple Leafs 2018 Post-Deadline Depth Chart

C LW RW D - L D - R G
C LW RW D - L D - R G
Auston Matthews James van Riemsdyk William Nylander Morgan Rielly Nikita Zaitsev Frederik Andersen
Nazem Kadri Patrick Marleau Mitch Marner Jake Gardiner Connor Carrick Curtis McElhinney
Tyler Bozak Zach Hyman Connor Brown Ron Hainsey Roman Polak Garret Sparks
Tomas Plekanec Leo Komarov Kasperi Kapanen Travis Dermott Timothy Liljegren Calvin Pickard
Dominic Moore Matt Martin Jeremy Bracco Andreas Borgman Justin Holl Kasimir Kaskisuo
Miro Aaltonen Josh Leivo Trevor Moore Martin Marincin Vincent LoVerde -
Frederik Gauthier Andreas Johnsson Kyle Baun Calle Rosen -
Ben Smith Dmytro Timashov - Andrew Nielsen - -
Adam Brooks Colin Greening - - - -
Chris Mueller Carl Grundstrom - - - -

The goalies were ordered mostly via coin flip, as all three AHL goalies are doing very well.

What I see is a real lack of depth at centre. Other people seem to feel that using Patrick Marleau and William Nylander is good enough, but I don’t even see a legitimate fourth line centre there for next year, not unless a 38-year-old Dominic Moore is what the Leafs decide they want. Time may show Miro Aaltonen or even Frederik Gauthier to be fit for the job, but right now that seems uncertain.

With the exception of some players not yet NHL-ready, and perhaps Kasperi Kapanen, no one is competing for the top jobs. There is a lot of depth, too much of it likely, but four fourth lines is not really an abundance of prospects, it’s just an abundance.

I think the Leafs will be searching hard for more free agents this summer to keep these lists full and to improve upon the depth, but are we at the point where improving the NHL team in a meaningful way is going to require spending picks, prospects or players? It looks like it.