Brian S

Brian S

Total 158 Posts
  • Ontario
I like watching and writing about prospects. You can find my older posts from SB Nation here:

Early Thoughts on Toronto's 2024 Draft Picks

The draft and development camp is in the rear view mirror now, and I've finally finished writing profiles for all of Toronto's picks. I have some miscellaneous thoughts based around the draft that I want to share before moving on to the next season.

Getting to Know Victor Johansson

Toronto's fourth round pick was one of the biggest mystery picks in the 2024 draft, given how few people knew anything about him and how there were no scouting reports from any outlet. I looked into him as much as I could

Getting to Know Sam McCue

Looking at one of Toronto's newest forward prospects, Sam McCue. He was drafted in the 7th round and will be a particular kind of player, but can he make the NHL?

Standouts from Toronto's 2024 development camp

With the 2024 summer development camp for Toronto's prospects and free agent invites done, I look back at the exhibition game and the news, press conferences and interviews from last week to talk about who stood out the most.

Getting to Know Matthew Lahey

Lahey is a hulking 6'5" defenseman who gets strong reviews for his defensive play and mobility. Let's look at his highlights and scouting reports to see if we can get an idea for how well he projects to the NHL.

Getting to Know Nathan Mayes

Looking at the highlights, scouting reports, and game video of Toronto's latest hulking defensemen drafted out of Spokane in the 7th round of the 2024 NHL draft.

Getting to Know Timofei Obvintsev

Toronto's newest goalie prospect seemingly follows a new tradition for drafting relatively obscure, re-entry netminders out of Russia. Seems to have worked out just fine with Akhtyamov, but have they caught lightning in a bottle twice?

Scouting Reports on Toronto's 2024 Development Camp Roster

Toronto invited 22 prospects to their July 2024 development camp who are free agents. I'm looking at them all to see who could be interesting as potential future signing or draft targets.

Getting to Know Miroslav Holinka

Taking a look at the scouting reports and highlights of Toronto's fifth round pick out of Czechia, 6'1" center with great hands and a good shot: Miroslav Holinka. He may have struggled to make it in the Czech pro league this year, but we may be seeing him up and close sooner rather than later.

Maple Leafs release their Development Camp roster

Toronto has released the full roster of their own prospects and 22 undrafted, unsigned free agent prospects attending their camp from July 3rd-7th.

Getting to Know Alexander Plesovskikh

Toronto's 5th round pick out of Russia was one of many late-rounders they picked that scratched a lot of heads, since not many people had ever heard of him much less seen him. Well, now I've watched 6 of his games and I'm sharing what I saw and what scouting reports I've found.

2024 Draft: Leafs select Sam McCue with pick 216

With the 216th overall in the seventh round of the 2024 draft, the Maple Leafs selected Sam McCue from Owen Sound in the OHL. He is the younger brother of Easton Cowan's teammate in London, Max McCue. Younger McCue is a late 2005 birthday, with a above average

2024 Draft: Leafs select Alexander Plesovskikh with pick 152

With the 152nd overall in the fifth round of the 2024 draft, the Maple Leafs selected Alexander Plesovskikh.

2024 NHL Draft: Names to watch in the second round

Toronto acquired a second round pick when they traded down from their first round pick, so what names could be available at 58th overall?

Getting to Know Ben Danford

Looking at the scouting reports, highlights, and mechanics for the Toronto Maple Leafs' newest top prospect, the right handed defenseman Ben Danford from the Oshawa Generals.

2024 NHL Draft Preview & How to Watch

All the information you need if you want to watch either/both days of the 2024 NHL draft in Vegas this year. It will start at 7 pm EST on Friday, with day two starting at 11:30 am EST.

2024 NHL Draft Profiles: Bob McKenzie's final rankings

Looking at my final watch list and how Bob McKenzie's final rankings for the 2024 draft changes some of my guesses for who might be available in Toronto's range.

2024 NHL Draft Profiles: Re-Entry Players

Looking at ten overage prospects in this year's draft that seem to show the most promise to become useful players in their futures, and ideal later round picks.

2024 NHL Draft Profiles: Goalies

Looking at ten of the goalie prospects that I am interested in for the Toronto Maple Leafs at the upcoming NHL draft.

2024 NHL Draft Profiles: Late Round Defensemen

Looking at ten of the more intriguing defense prospects who could still be available in the later rounds of the 2024 NHL draft.

2024 NHL Draft Profiles: Late Round Forwards

Looking at a list of ten interesting forwards who could be had in the later rounds of the draft for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2024 NHL Draft Profile: Daniil Ustinkov

Looking at the very young and very raw defenseman out of Switzerland, Daniil Ustinkov, and his potential as a mid-round swing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2024 NHL Draft Profile: Tory Pitner

Looking at one of the more underrated defense prospects in this year's draft, who could be another John Marino available in the mid to late rounds.

2024 NHL Draft Profile: Harrison Brunicke

Looking at the highly underrated defense prospect, Harrison Brunicke, and how great a fit he could be for a Maple Leafs prospect system that is desperate for high end defensemen.

2024 NHL Draft Profile: Clarke Caswell

Looking at one of the very best playmakers in this year's draft, who will likely fall to the middle rounds because of issues with his speed.
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