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Maple Leafs Depth Chart and Pipeline List have been updated

There’s been some trades and other changes, so this was overdue.

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The mysterious Michael Carcone.

The Leafs have made a couple of trades lately, and of course had some goalie adventures on the waiver wire early this season, so it’s past time to update the depth chart and the pipeline list.

First up is the pipeline. Normally, it’s all players who the Leafs still hold draft rights to but haven’t signed, but since he’ll be in junior hockey for quite a while, I’ve left Semyon Der Arguchintsev on here:

The Pipeline List is available on the web here if that is easier to read.

Maple Leafs Pipeline List December 7, 2018

Name Birthdate Pos 2017/2018 Team 2018/2019 Team Rights Expire
Name Birthdate Pos 2017/2018 Team 2018/2019 Team Rights Expire
Martins Dzierkals April 4, 1997 LW Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL Dinamo Riga, KHL/Liepaja Latvia 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
Dakota Joshua May 15, 1996 C Ohio State, NCAA Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2019
Mac Hollowell September 26, 1998 D Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, OHL Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds, OHL June 1, 2020
Sean Durzi October 21, 1998 D Owen Sound Attack, OHL Owen Sound Attack, OHL June 1, 2020
Zachary Bouthillier November 8, 1999 G Chicoutimi Saguenéens, QMJHL Chicoutimi Saguenéens, QMJHL June 1, 2020
Riley Stotts January 5, 2000 C Calgary Hitmen, WHL Calgary Hitmen, WHL June 1, 2020
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev September 15, 2000 C Pterborough Petes, OHL Peterboroough Petes, OHL NHL Contract - loaned to the OHL
J.D. Greenway April 27, 1998 D U. of Wisconsin, NCAA Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL August 15, 2020
Joseph Woll July 12, 1998 G Boston College, NCAA Boston College, NCAA August 15, 2020
Pontus Holmberg March 9, 1999 LW/C VIK Västeräs, Division 1 Växjö HC, SHL June 1, 2022
Filip Kral October 20, 1999 D Spokane Chiefs, WHL Spokane Chiefs, WHL June 1, 2022
Ryan O'Connell April 25, 1999 D Penticten Vees, BCHL Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2022
Eemeli Räsänen April 6, 1999 D Kingston Frontenacs, OHL Jokerit, KHL indefinite
Yegor Korshkov July 10, 1996 RW Lokomotiv, KHL Lokomotiv, KHL Indefinite
Vladimir Bobylev April 18, 1997 C Toros Neftekamsk, VHL/MHL Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Indefinite
Nikolai Chebykin August 1, 1997 LW Dynamo St. Petersburg, VHL Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Indefinite
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C/W Bars Kazan, VHL/Ak Bars KHL Ak Bars KHL/Bars Kazan VHL Indefinite
Semyon Kizimov January 19, 2000 RW Lada Togliatti, MHL Lada Togliatti, VHL Indefinite

The bulk of the changes here were just team assignment for some Russian players. The most noticeable thing is the five players whose rights expire next summer.

Martins Dzierkals turned down an AHL deal because he didn’t want any ECHL time, and his chances of ever getting a contract has dwindled to nothing.

Ian Scott is ripping up the WHL, and the only question is why hasn’t he got a contract yet. My bet is it will come right after the WJC.

Fedor Gordeev is hard to judge, seeing as he plays on a very terrible team, but I’m betting he gets offered an AHL deal this summer.

Ryan McGregor seems likely to be a no contract as well, but you never know what a good junior season can do for you.

Dakota Joshua is a total mystery to me, and you’d do better to check in on the North American Prospects report next time to see how he’s doing.

Two other names to watch are the overaged Sean Durzi and Mac Hollowell. Both could be in the AHL next year, even though their rights run to the summer of 2020.

We all thought this year would be the deciding year for Yegor Korshkov, the highest drafted player on this list, but he’s missed almost the entire season so far, so he remains a big question mark still.

The Depth Chart is only players on the Leafs or Marlies on NHL contracts. It is loosely arranged by natural position and depth (yes, I know Ron Hainsey plays his offside). It leans heavily to current NHL-readiness and usage, so you’ll see a few very good, but very young prospects well down the list. There’s too many left wings on the Marlies now, so some of them will play the right side a lot. Most of them seem to switch up sides fairly easily. Trevor Moore is really more of a left wing, but he’s not going to see any time on that side right now.

You can view it on the web here.

Maple Leafs Depth Chart, December 7, 2018

C LW RW D - L D - R G
C LW RW D - L D - R G
Auston Matthews Zach Hyman Mitch Marner Morgan Rielly Nikita Zaitsev Frederik Andersen
John Tavares Patrick Marleau William Nylander Jake Gardiner Igor Ozhiganov Garret Sparks
Nazem Kadri Andreas Johnsson Kasperi Kapanen Ron Hainsey Timothy Liljegren Kasimir Kaskisuo
Par Lindholm Tyler Ennis Connor Brown Travis Dermott Justin Holl Eamon McAdam
Frederik Gauthier Carl Grundstrom Trevor Moore Martin Marincin Jordan Subban -
Adam Brooks Mason Marchment Adam Cracknell Calle Rosen Vincent LoVerde -
Chris Mueller Michael Carcone Jeremy Bracco Rasmus Sandin Jesper Lindgren -
Josh Jooris Pierre Engvall - Andreas Borgman - -
- Dmytro Timashov - - - -
- Morgan Klimchuk - - - -

This shows the arrival of the two new Marlies on NHL contracts, both left wings, although Carcone plays some centre as well. It also marks the end of the tenure of Josh Leivo and Andrew Nielsen. I shifted the switch-hitting Tyler Ennis to the left, because he seems fixed there now with Leivo gone, and he is a left shot.

The centre depth is very shallow at the bottom end, and I could make it look better by putting Adam Cracknell in as a centre, but he’s played a lot of wing in the AHL. At some point, the Leafs really do need to get a centre prospect who is a little closer to the NHL than SDA. The wings are all left, which is likely wise, and the right-side defence looks great at the AHL level. The left-side defence in the AHL/press box would all be top four on the Sens.

The goalie situation is what it is at the moment.