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

NameBirthdatePos2016/2017 Team2017/2018 TeamRights Expire
Keaton MiddletonFebruary 10, 1998DSaginaw Spirit, OHLSaginaw Spirit, OHLJune 1, 2018
Vladimir BobylevApril 18, 1997CVicoria Royals, WHLToros Neftekamsk, VHL/MHLJune 1, 2018
Nicolas MattinenMarch 5, 1998DLondon Knights, OHLHamilton Bulldogs, OHLJune 1, 2018
Pierre EngvallMay 31, 1996LWMora IK, AllsvenskanHV71, SHLJune 1, 2018
J.J. PiccinichJune 12, 1996RWLondon Knights, OHLOrlando Solar Bears, ECHLJune 1, 2018
Nolan VeseyMarch 28, 1995LWU. of Maine, NCAAU. of Maine, NCAAAugust 15, 2018
Martins DzierkalsApril 4, 1997LWR-N Huskies, QMJHLOrlando Solar Bears, ECHLJune 1, 2019
Jesper LindgrenMay 19, 1997DMODO, AllsvenskanHPK, LiigaJune 1, 2019
Ian ScottJanuary 11, 1999GPrince Albert Raiders, WHLPrince Albert Raiders, WHLJune 1, 2019
Fedor GordeevJanuary 27, 1999DFlint Firebirds, OHLFlint Firebirds, OHLJune 1, 2019
Ryan McGregorJanuary 29, 1999C/LWSarnia Sting, OHLSarnia Sting, OHLJune 1, 2019
Eemeli RäsänenApril 6, 1999DKingston Frontenacs, OHLKingston Frontenacs, OHLJune 1, 2019
Dakota JoshuaMay 15, 1996COhio State, NCAAOhio State, NCAAAugust 15, 2019
Joseph WollJuly 12, 1998GBoston College, NCAABoston College, NCAAAugust 15, 2020
J.D. GreenwayApril 27, 1998DU. of Wisconsin, NCAAU. of Wisconsin, NCAAAugust 15, 2020
Ryan O'ConnellApril 25, 1999DSt. Andrew's College, CAHSPenticten Vees, BCHLAugust 15, 2022
Yegor KorshkovJuly 10, 1996RWLokomotiv, KHLLokomotiv, KHLIndefinite
Nikolai ChebykinAugust 1, 1997LWDynamo Moscow, KHL, VHLDynamo St. Petersburg, VHLIndefinite
Vladislav KaraApril 20, 1998C/WIrbis Kazan, MHLBars Kazan, VHL/Ak Bars KHLIndefinite

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

Auston MatthewsJames van RiemsdykWilliam NylanderMorgan RiellyNikita ZaitsevFrederik Andersen
Nazem KadriPatrick MarleauMitch MarnerJake GardinerConnor CarrickCurtis McElhinney
Tyler BozakZach HymanConnor BrownRon HainseyRoman PolakGarret Sparks
Tomas PlekanecLeo KomarovKasperi KapanenTravis DermottTimothy LiljegrenCalvin Pickard
Dominic MooreMatt MartinJeremy BraccoAndreas BorgmanJustin HollKasimir Kaskisuo
Miro AaltonenJosh LeivoTrevor MooreMartin MarincinVincent LoVerde-
Frederik GauthierAndreas JohnssonKyle BaunCalle Rosen-
Ben SmithDmytro Timashov-Andrew Nielsen--
Adam BrooksColin Greening----
Chris MuellerCarl 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.