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Look at all those wingers: Maple Leafs Depth Chart and Pipeline List updates

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The Leafs have only one player straddling the line between depth and prospect.

NHL Rookie Tournament - Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs
Naz in the rookie tournament in 2010.
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We (I) slacked off a little in July, and we didn’t even manage to get Patrick Marleau onto to the depth chart! I’ve overcompensated by updating both the depth chart and the pipeline list and making some assumptions.

We know Dominic Toninato is going to test free agency beginning on August 16. I’ve taken him off the pipeline list. Tony Cameranesi, who was sort of still a prospect on an AHL contract is an AHL UFA right now. The Marlies might sign him, but even if they do, he’s not really a Leafs prospect anymore, so he’s gone too.

I added rights expiry information from CapFriendly as well for the new draft picks.

I updated some information on where prospects will play this coming year. There’s only one mystery left, beyond how you fit all those guys on the depth chart on one NHL team, and that is where will Timothy Liljegren play? He’s the only player in the Leafs system on an NHL contract who is potentially going to be loaned off the team.

The Leafs have no one in junior under contract, and no one else in Europe on an ELC. This could simply be due to the still bloated roster and overfilled SPC list, which is partly a carryover from the rebuild and partly a relic of expansion draft moves. Or it could be a new way of doing business. Either you’re capable and ready to play at least at the AHL level or you don’t get a deal, with exceptions made only for the top round picks.

Carl Grundström wasn’t signed until they were ready to bring him over, which is a marked contrast to Andreas Johnsson who played for a year in Sweden while on an ELC. Because Johnsson was 20 when the contract was signed, it did not slide, so it runs out after this year.

Edited to add: Well so I thought! It would appear that Carl Grundström, who sure looked like a lock to join the Marlies, is going back on loan to Frölunda.

It’s too soon to tell if this is a change in attitude or a response to circumstances, but the result is a harder line between the depth and the prospects, and Liljegren is the only guy straddling it. In a fit of optimism, I put him on the depth chart.

Edited to add: there was some confusion over the rights expiry on Eemeli Räsänen, and CapFriendly reviewed it:

So now we have to consider Räsänen like an OHL prospect again, and the table is updated.

Toronto Maple Leafs Pipeline 2017

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 Vicoria Royals, WHL June 1, 2018
Nicolas Mattinen March 5, 1998 D London Knights, OHL London Knights, 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 Toronto Marlies, AHL 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 Toronto Marlies, AHL 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 SKA-Neva St. Petersburg, VHL Indefinite
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C Irbis Kazan, MHL MHL/VHL Indefinite

The depth chart is NHL contracted players by dominant position. Your job is to guess where they might actually play.

Toronto Maple Leafs 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 Leo Komarov Connor Brown Martin Marincin Vincent LoVerde Garret Sparks
Dominic Moore Zach Hyman Kasperi Kapanen Ron Hainsey Justin Holl Kasmir Kaskisuo
Ben Smith Matt Martin Nikita Soshnikov Travis Dermott Timothy Liljegren -
Frederik Gauthier Josh Leivo Eric Fehr Andrew Nielsen - -
Miro Aaltonen Kerby Rychel Jeremy Bracco Calle Rosén - -
Adam Brooks Andreas Johnsson Trevor Moore Rinat Valiev - -
Chris Mueller Carl Grundstrom - Andreas Borgman - -
- Colin Greening - - - -
- Dmytro Timashov - - - -
- Tobias Lindberg - - - -