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:
Thanks for the tweet, we reviewed Räsänen and have changed him to expire in two years.— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 13, 2017
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|
|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|
|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||-||-|