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Toronto Maple Leafs prospects: Adam Brooks is too good for the WHL

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Keith Hershmiller

This past week Adam Brooks, Maple Leafs 2016 4th round draft pick, posted six points in two games. He a got one by doing this:

And another by doing this:

This kid is pretty good. Should he be in the WHL still? Brooks is scoring 2.27 points per game right now, totalling 25 points in the 11 WHL games he played this year, after being sent down at the end of Maple Leafs training camp. Now, he is an overage player, so posting 2 points per game against teens isn’t as impressive as doing it in your draft year, but it’s still above expectations for any player in the league. One of the last players to be cut by the Marlies, Brooks is now eleventh in the WHL scoring race, but keep in mind most of the players above him all have 8-10 more games played.

In a similar case to Jeremy Bracco (2PPG in the OHL), he’s performing as an overager should, but should he be in this league?

Looking through the below video from SEER video, you can see many examples of his hockey IQ; knowing where to send passes, reading player positions and getting the puck where it needs to be to set his teammates up for their goals.

Some, as always, will hold his size against him, but his coach doesn’t think that will hold him back as this quote from the Battle of Ontario podcast shows:

The size question mark is always going to be there with Adam at 5’10 and a listed 175 pounds. Does it hold him back in any significant way?

Paddock: No, I don’t think so. Not at this level, and I think he’s a smart player. He’ll figure out the game whatever level he goes onto play at. Size is something that we all still talk about in hockey, but really we’re talking about it in terms of: If everything is equal, you rather have the bigger guy. There are so many smaller stature players having an impact on games. Obviously the superstars in Kane and Johnny Gaudreau, but these small players, when given an opportunity, have really excelled. Tyler Johnson [as well] in the last two or three years. Size is what you make of it. He’s highly skilled, and it will be up to him to develop and challenge this next step to be a productive player.

Also in Leafs prospects, JJ Piccinich also had a six point weekend, Nikita Korostelev hit four and Keaton Middleton scored a goal! Let’s check out the games:

Ontario Hockey League

JJ Piccinich (F) / Nicolas Mattinen (D)
2G, 4A, +3 / 0G, 0A, +1
London Knights - 12-3-2-1

November 11th: vs Kingston Frontenacs
W 7-0 - 2G, 2A, +2 / No Points

November 12th: vs Guelph Storm
W - 4-1 - 0G, 2A, +1 / 0G, 0A, +1


Stephen Desrocher (D) - 0G, 1A, -1
Kingston Frontenacs - 8-10-1-0

November 11th: @ London Knights
L 7-0 - No Points
November 12th: @ Sarnia Sting
W 5-4 - 0G, 1A, -1


Jeremy Bracco (F) - 2G, 1A, +1
Kitchener Rangers - 11-6-0-1

November 11th: vs Owen Sound Attack
W 4-3 - 2G, 1A, +1


Nikita Korostelev (F) - 1G, 3A
Sarnia Sting - 12-6-2-0

November 11th: @ Hamilton Bulldogs
W 5-2 - 1G, 2A

November 12th: vs Kingston Frontenacs
L 5-4 - 0G, 1A


Keaton Middleton (D) - 1G, 1A, +4
Saginaw Spirit - 5-10-2-1

November 11th: @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
W 4-0 - 0G, 1A, +2
November 12th: vs Peterborough Petes
W 7-4 - 1G, 0A, +2


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Martins Dzierkals (F) - 2G, 1A, +2
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

November 9th: vs Moncton Wildcats
L 4-3 - 1G, 0A
November 11th: @ Quebec Remparts
L 4-3 OT - 0G, 1A, +1
November 12th: @ Blainsville-Broisband Armada
W 4-0 - 1G, 0A, +1


Western Hockey League

Adam Brooks (F) - 1G, 5A, +2
Regina Pats - 14-0-3-0

November 10th: @ Moose Jaw Warriors
W 5-4 OT - 0G, 3A

November 13th: vs Red Deer Rebels
W 8-4 - 1G, 2A, +2


Jack Walker (F) - 1G, 1A, -1
Victoria Royals - 11-8-2-0

November 11th: vs Tri-City Americans
W 4-2 - 1G, 0A, +1
November 12th: vs Tri-City Americans
L 5-1 - 0G, 1A, -2


NCAA

Joseph Woll (G) - 23SV, 26SA, 0.885sv%
Boston College Eagles
Overall 10-2-1 / Conference 5-0-1

November 8th: vs New Hampshire
W 5-3 - 23SV, 26SA, 0.885sv%
November 13th: vs Arizona State
W 3-1 - Did Not play


JD Greenway (F)
Wisconsin Badgers - 5-3-0

Wisconsin had no games scheduled last week.


Dominic Toninato (F) - 0G, 1A, -1
U-Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
Overall 8-2-2 / Conference 5-1-0

November 11th: vs Western Michigan
L 4-3 - 0G, 1A, -1
November 12th: vs Western Michigan
W 2-0 - No Points


Dakota Joshua (F) - 0G, 2A, -1
Ohio State Buckeyes - 6-1-4

November 11th: vs University of Connecticut
W 7-4 - 0G, 1A
November 12th: vs University of Connecticut
T 3-3 - 0G, 1A, -1


Nolan Vesey (F) - 0G, 0A, -3
Maine Black Bears
Overall 4-6-2 / Conference 1-3-0

November 11th: vs UMASS-Lowell
W 5-2 - 0G, 0A, -1
November 12th: @ UMASS-Lowell
L 4-1 - 0G, 0A, -2


Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Adam Brooks WHL 25 11 2.27 50.32
Jeremy Bracco OHL 30 15 2.00 52.48
Nikita Korostelev OHL 28 18 1.56 40.82
Martins Dzierkals QMJHL 26 19 1.37 29.17
JJ Piccinich OHL 20 16 1.25 32.80
Jack Walker WHL 22 19 1.16 25.64
Dakota Joshua Big 10 12 11 1.09 31.31
Dominic Toninato NCHC 6 9 0.67 22.41
Nolan Vesey Hockey East 7 12 0.58 17.70
Stephen Desrocher OHL 8 17 0.47 12.35
JD Greenway Big 10 3 8 0.38 10.76
Keaton Middleton OHL 5 14 0.36 9.37
Nicolas Mattinen OHL 1 16 0.06 1.64

Two players with 2PPG or better is great, and five more with 1PPG or higher is even better. It’s been another great week for Leafs prospects, and hopefully that carries over again for next week.