Brian S

Brian S

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I like watching and writing about prospects. You can find my older posts from SB Nation here:

Monday FTB: Farm Report

Looking at how some of Toronto's prospects performed over the weekend.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Hudson Malinoski

Assessing Hudson Malinoski's play and skills as a prospect after his first 11 NCAA games.

Will Fraser Minten or Easton Cowan Make Canada's World Junior Team?

The more this season has gone on, the more I've been posting articles and gifs and videos on Fraser Minten and Easton Cowan. They're two of Toronto's top prospects, so of course I would. And of course, there are many Leafs fans who are keenly interested in them and their development.

2024 NHL Draft Watch: European Breakouts

After profiling some of the early season breakouts in the North American leagues, I wanted to give some love to the various European leagues. It's a lot tougher for me to watch players in Europe, so rather than breaking them up into each country and trying to find

Sunday FTB: Willy's cooking for Grandma Nylander

Talking about a pair of hot Swedes, some prospect updates, and trade rumours involving the Calgary Flames.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Easton Cowan

After Easton Cowan has played in 10 OHL games so far this season, it's time to check in on how he's been doing and how he's improved.

Wednesday FTB: How are former Leafs doing?

After Jack Campbell was waived by the Oilers and struggled in his second season since signing with them, have you wondered how Toronto's former players from last season are doing?

2024 NHL Draft Watch: Early USHL Breakouts

So far this season, I've written three watch list updates based on early season breakouts: * Earl WHL breakouts * Early QMJHL breakouts * Early OHL breakouts It only makes sense that I include an update on the early breakouts south of the border in the USHL! So let's

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Artur Akhtyamov

Updating the progress Artur Akhtyamov has been making in the KHL, and how the rest of his season may shape up for opportunities to get more starts.

2024 NHL Draft Watch: Early OHL Breakouts

After more than 10 games in the OHL season so far, there are a few players who have emerged thanks to big breakouts in their performance compared to their pre-season hype.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Noah Chadwick

Noah Chadwick is a 6th round pick from this past summer who I wound up quite liking when I looked into him. I liked what I saw from him in the summer during the rookie camps and prospect tournaments. How has he looked through the start of his WHL season?

2024 NHL Draft Watch: Early QMJHL Breakouts

The QMJHL has not had a good run the past few years, as far as churning out a quality or quantity of picks. While it's been trending that way for the past few years, that just means scouting prospects there means looking for some diamonds in the rough.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Nikita Grebyonkin

It's been a while since the last report Nikita Grebyonkin. There's been some noteworthy updates worth mentioning, as far as his usage, production, and how he's looked. So we have some catching up to do!

2024 NHL Draft Watch: Early WHL Breakouts

The WHL has been underway for close to 10 games now for some teams. And there have been a few players that have jumped out to me as early breakout candidates, including some that weren't even on my radar at all to start the season. A couple of

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Brandon Lisowsky

Checking in on Brandon Lisowsky's start to the season as Toronto's small, prairie sniper. He had a nice Traverse City tournament and is off to a strong start for Saskatoon, but is it enough to make him seem legit?

What's the problem with Nick Robertson?

If it was my call, Robertson would not start the regular season on the Maple Leafs roster. And from the latest lineup, it looks like the Leafs agree.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Artur Akhtyamov

Akhtyamov has been in odd position the past couple of seasons. He was a mid round pick without much fanfare, and while he's had pretty strong numbers in all but one season since then it hasn't really mattered.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Traverse City

This weekend we were treated to some zero stakes hockey, as the Toronto Maple Leafs sent their prospects to Traverse City to compete against the prospects of Columbus, Detroit and Dallas. Here are some thoughts on Toronto's top prospects.

2024 NHL Draft: Early season standouts

The season is just getting started in each country, and there has been a pair of noteworthy international tournaments that contained most of the top prospects mentioned in the earlier watch list: the Hlinka Gretzky is the big one.

Scouting Reports on Toronto's 2023 Traverse City Invites

Toronto has finally released their roster for the 2023 Traverse City prospect tournament. Let's break down some quick scouting of the undrafted invites, plus some notes on a few of Toronto's prospects.

Maple Leafs Prospect Report: Grebyonkin's KHL season begins

Nikita Grebyonkin's season has already begun! It's time to look at his pre-season and early regular season play, and see how he's been doing.

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Timothy Liljegren is 2nd

Liljegren is only one of two players eligible for this list who is a regular NHL player, but he's also young enough that people still think that maybe he can still improve. Come see the debate about how good an NHLer he is, and if he can get better!

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Nick Robertson is 3rd

Nick Robertson has only played in 31 NHL games and 82 total games in the past three seasons, and the shine is off a former star prospect. Can he stay healthy and learn how to be effective in the NHL, or has his opportunity already slipped by?

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Conor Timmins is 5th

As the second oldest player eligible for this year's T25U25, Timmins is in a weird spot to consider in our rankings. The Maple Leafs are familiar with highly regarded defense prospects struggling to find their footing in the NHL. So where does that leave Timmins?

2023 Top 25 Under 25: Topi Niemelä is 6th

Topi Niemelä is one of the few defensive prospects in Toronto's system, and clearly the best at this point. He'll start this year in the AHL likely as a top pair defensemen. How much do you buy into his NHL future?
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