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Maple Leafs Prospect Pipeline: Updated for the coming season

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Three players haven’t got a team yet, but everyone else is set for this season.

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The Maple Leafs prospect pipeline, bulked out with the most recent draft picks, is lacking any first round picks, but it is full of prospects to have hopes and dreams for.

There are only three prospects without a team set for this season, and two of those players see their rights expire this summer. They are at a make or break point of their careers. Some of the older players, still on the list because they were drafted out of Russia, or returned to play in the KHL, are almost prospects the way Fabrice Herzog is a prospect, but for now, they still sit on the list.

Maple Leafs Pipeline 2019-2020

Name Birthdate Pos 2018/2019 Team 2019/2020 Team Rights Expire
Name Birthdate Pos 2018/2019 Team 2019/2020 Team Rights Expire
Martins Dzierkals April 4, 1997 LW Dinamo Riga, KHL/Liepaja, Latvia Indefinite
Vladimir Bobylev April 18, 1997 C Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Indefinite
Nikolai Chebykin August 1, 1997 LW Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Salavat Yulaev, KHL/Toros Neftekamsk, VHL Indefinite
Vladislav Kara April 20, 1998 C/W Ak Bars KHL/Bars Kazan VHL Ak Bars KHL/Bars Kazan VHL Indefinite
J.D. Greenway April 27, 1998 D Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL University of Maine, NCAA August 15, 2021
Pontus Holmberg March 9, 1999 LW/C Växjö HC, SHL Växjö HC, SHL June 1, 2022
Eemeli Räsänen April 6, 1999 D Jokerit, Khl/PTO with Marlies Jokerit, KHL Indefinite
Ryan O'Connell April 25, 1999 D Ohio State, NCAA Ohio State, NCAA August 15, 2022
Nick Abruzzese June 4, 1999 F Chicago Steel, USHL Harvard, NCAA August 15, 2023
Filip Kral October 20, 1999 D Spokane Chiefs, WHL June 1, 2020
Zachary Bouthillier November 8, 1999 G Saint John SeaDogs, QMJHL/Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL June 1, 2020
Riley Stotts January 5, 2000 C Calgary Hitmen, WHL Calgary Hitmen, WHL June 1, 2020
Semyon Kizimov January 19, 2000 RW Lada Togliatti, VHL Lada Togliatti, VHL Indefinite
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev September 15, 2000 C Peterboroough Petes, OHL Peterboroough Petes, OHL NHL Contract - still junior eligible
Mikko Kokkonen January 18, 2001 D Jukurit, Liiga Jukurit, Liiga June 1, 2023
Kalle Loponen March 13, 2001 D Hermes, Mestis and Kärpät, U20 Sudbury Wolves, OHL June 1, 2023
Mikhail Abramov March 26, 2001 C Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL June 1, 2021
Mike Koster April 13, 2001 D Chaska High, USHS-Min, Tri-City Storm, USHL Tri-City Storm, USHL August 15, 2024
Nick Robertson September 11, 2001 LW Peterboroough Petes, OHL Peterboroough Petes, OHL June 1, 2021
Updated with correct information for Koster

Zachary Bouthillier seems to have dropped off of the radar of everyone. He was signed to an ECHL deal last year after the junior season was over, but ECHL contracts are only one year, and he currently has no team for this season. The Leafs signed goalie Maksim Zhukov to an AHL contract, and he looks poised to play in St. John’s this season.

Filip Kral, on the roster for Traverse City, is looking for a pro hockey job in North America. His comments to the press in Czechia during the summer indicate he’s open to playing on the Marlies or the Growlers.

Martins Dzierkals also told the press he wanted to come back to North America, but he’s not shown up anywhere. He isn’t up to the KHL, even in a depth role, but he has a history of good performance in the ECHL. He could crack some AHL lineups, just not the Marlies.

The top OHL prospect is Nick Robertson, followed by his teammate Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, but now Kalle Loponen will be playing some OHL hockey too, as he’s chosen the Sudbury Wolves over trying to crack a tough lineup in Finland.

Mikhail Abramov, who scored a lot last year in the Q (11th in the league for U18 players) is back in Victoriaville again.

Mikko Kokkonen headlines the prospects playing in Europe, and let’s not forget last year’s draft picks Pontus Holmberg in Sweden and Riley Stotts in the WHL.

Too easy to overlook is Mike Koster, who will play in the NCAA this year, as will Nick Abruzzese.

We’ll follow all these players in the Euro Report and the North American Prospect Report as the season goes on.