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Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« on: September 03, 2012, 06:33:45 PM »
The Maple Leafs will have a slightly smaller group of prospects playing in the CHL this year, although that could potentially change if some are sent back for their overage year. McKegg, Ross, Carrick, and Crescenzi will all be eligible to play in the AHL this season, and the Leafs no longer hold the rights to Nichols and Olden. Joining the returning CHL prospects are the Leafs top two picks from their most recent draft, Morgan Rielly and Matt Finn, and their first selection from the 2011 draft Tyler Biggs. It was assumed that both Rielly and Biggs would be given an opportunity to play professional hockey this season, but with the potential lockout it appears as though the CHL is a safe bet.

This would be the first time the Leafs have had 3 first round draft picks playing in the CHL at the same time since 1989-90 when they used all 3 of their first round draft picks on players from the Belleville Bulls. Hopefully this trio turns out a little better than that.

Western Hockey League

Morgan Rielly
Team: Moose Jaw Warriors
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 200lbs
Drafted: 1st round, 2012
HF Rank: 1st

An injury riddled WHL season that limited Rielly to only 18 regular season games, did not sour scouts opinions of the young defensive talent. Rielly is the highest selection the Maple Leafs have made in the draft since selecting Luke Schenn fifth overall in 2008. Unlike Schenn, Rielly's game is based around his ability to move the puck at both ends of the ice. He possesses elite offensive ability and top-end skating ability even after recovering from a torn ACL.

Maple Leaf fans had a taste of what Rielly offers in early August when he suited up for Canada in the Canada/Russia Challenge. The 18-year-old defenseman was one of the clubs stronger defensemen in the tournament. He recorded one goal and three assists in four games. With a shortened 2011-12 WHL season, it's a strong bet that Rielly returns to the WHL. He projects as a top-pairing defenseman who excels in transition and has elite offensive ability from the blue line.



Ontario Hockey League

Matt Finn
Team: Guelph Storm
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 199lbs
Drafted: 2nd round, 2012
HF Rank: 5th

Matt Finn joins a growing group of Marlies defensive prospects that is starting to give the system a solid jolt of skill in the back-end. Finn was the Guelph Storm's go-to defenseman last season playing tough minutes in all situations. Much like Blacker, Finn possesses a solid all-round game and already has a thick build at roughly 6'0, 200lbs. It's hard for Finn to do much more than he did last year for Guelph, but he should have a deeper supporting cast this season.

Over time, Finn could prove to be an astute pick for the Maple Leafs in the second-round. For now, he projects to be a top-four defenseman with all-round ability.



Stuart Percy
Team: Mississauga Steelheads
Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 187lbs
Drafted: 1st round, 2011
HF Rank: 7th

Few players have had to deal with the severity of injuries that Stuart Percy went through this season in the OHL. The 19-year-old had suffered two concussions at various points in the season, and also dealt with an early season knee injury in October. When he did play, Percy did well scoring five goals and 20 assists in 34 games. He also performed very well in a late-season stint with the Marlies for a player who missed the majority of his season with serious injuries.

For Percy, the focus will be on getting a full-season under his belt. He missed a bit of development time due to his injuries, but also had the benefit of joining and playing in the Marlies playoff run. He's still a work in progress physically, but thinks' the game at a very high level which was evident in his Marlies stint.



Tyler Biggs
Team: Oshawa Generals
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6'3''
Weight: 224lbs
Drafted: 1st round, 2011
HF Rank: 9th

Similar to Ashton, Tyler Biggs does not offer a ton of flash in his game. He is more of a meat-and-potatoes type player where you know what he's going to bring to your team every night. What he brings is a high level physical game, strong skating, and a bit of offense. Expectations should be tempered with Bigg's offensive game as he's not expected to produce at a high rate, but should hold his own if he is able to find a niche in scoring garbage goals. Possessing a man's body at 6'3, 210lbs, Biggs should develop into a very strong cycle player. He already playing in He recently signed his entry-level deal with the Maple Leafs and is eligible to play for the Marlies, but is likely headed to the OHL for one season.


Josh Leivo
Team: Sudbury Wolves
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 173lbs
Drafted: 3rd round, 2011
HF Rank: 19th

A player who could see his name rocket up prospect depth chart this season is Josh Leivo. The 19-year-old is coming off a fantastic sophomore OHL season with the Sudbury Wolves where he scored 73 points in 66 games. This year he will be the Wolves go-to forward and should produce at around the same pace. Leivo is a very intriguing prospect due to his natural athletic gifts. He has great size, and is starting to find ways to utilize it to his advantage. His skating is strong, and like the rest of his game it should only improve as he matures. He has the potential to be a top-nine player with scoring and physical upside.


David Broll
Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 216lbs
Drafted: 6th round, 2011
HF Rank: NA

Broll was highly regarded coming out of midget hockey and it was anticipated that with his size and good hands he could be a big-time scoring power forward. A hard-working, two-way player, he has been a physical presence in his two years in the OHL but has not yet put up big scoring numbers and is a bit lacking mobility-wise. He uses his size to advantage and can handle the puck in small spaces but his limited skating ability and lack of consistency have limited his production to this point.


Connor Brown
Team: Erie Otters
Position: Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Height: 5'11''
Weight: 160lbs
Drafted: 6th round, 2012
HF Rank: NA

With their first of back-to-back selections, the Maple Leafs looked to their backyard when they selected Connor Brown, an opportunistic scorer from the Erie Otters. The 18-year-old, Etobicoke native led the dismal Otters in scoring with 25 goals and 53 points in 68 games this season. His minus-72 is an alarming stat even with Erie's lack of success, and will be an area that Brown should look to remedy moving forward.

The type of season that the Otters endured in 2011-12 can breed bad habits in players, which will be something Maple Leafs brass hopes Brown can avoid. Brown's greatest strength is his ability to generate offense in a variety of ways – both from a scoring and playmaking role. He'll require work on his skating and should add more explosiveness as he matures physically. He'll return to Erie for the 2012-13 season and should have a large role on an improved Otters squad.



Ryan Rupert
Team: London Knights
Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Height: 5'8''
Weight: 186lbs
Drafted: 6th round, 2012
HF Rank: NA

Those looking for Burke to draft more truculent types can look no further than the Maple Leafs second selection in the sixth round, Ryan Rupert. Along with his brother Matt, the Rupert's can prove to be quite a handful even though they stand at a generous 5'9. With the Knights, Rupert finished fifth in team scoring with 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points in 63 games. He also racked up a grand total of 120 penalty minutes. His coming out party was during the Knights Memorial Cup Run, where Rupert scored nine goals and six assists in 19 games.

Ryan is considered to be the more talented of the two brothers, and may have gone as top-sixty had he not checked in at under 5'10. He has an extremely high compete level and will do whatever it takes to win. While Rupert's style of game certainly bodes well for pro transition, his size may hinder his overall effectiveness against older competition.



Garret Sparks
Team: Guelph Storm
Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Height: 6'2''
Weight: 200lbs
Drafted: 7th round, 2011
HF Rank: NA

Sparks has the physical size and athleticism that Toronto goalie consultant Francois Allaire likes but is raw and inexperienced in terms of development. Sparks is competitive and plays with a lot of emotion. His stamina and ability to handle a large workload have yet to be tested.

Prospect profiles courtesy of Hockeysfuture.com
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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 07:03:28 PM »
Great layout and thanks for the post



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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012, 07:20:46 PM »
Hey, thanks for this, Carlton! 

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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2012, 06:37:46 PM »
Good job CTB...
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Re: Official 2011-2012 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2012, 08:21:16 PM »
Read that Matt Finn was named captain of the Storm.

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Re: Re: Official 2011-2012 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2012, 10:14:31 AM »
Some good highlights of a Broncos/Warriors game... good views of Rielly in this one.

http://scbroncos.com/video/index/id/1347295672

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Re: Re: Official 2011-2012 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2012, 11:38:28 AM »
Some good highlights of a Broncos/Warriors game... good views of Rielly in this one.

http://scbroncos.com/video/index/id/1347295672

Was that him stirring it up in front of the net on their second goal? He's got some great moves, though I winced when he looked like he was heading for the post again... thanks for posting.
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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012, 05:14:16 PM »
Read that Matt Finn was named captain of the Storm.

Nice. That makes two Leafs captains along with Percy.

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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2012, 01:37:05 PM »
Connor Brown was named captain of the Erie Otters yesterday, taking over from former Otter and fellow Leafs prospect Greg McKegg.

That makes three of our prospects captains of their teams in the OHL (Percy, Finn, and Brown).

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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 05:13:12 PM »
The OHL put in a new rule for the upcoming season regarding fighting that might affect a few of our prospects. From the OHL website:

Supplementary Discipline:

    If a player is assessed a fighting major for the 11th – 15th time during the regular season, such player is assessed an automatic two (2) game suspension for each additional fighting major in addition to any other penalties assessed.
    If a player is assessed a fighting major for the 16th time or more during the regular season, such player is assessed an automatic two (2) game suspension and the hockey club is fined $1,000.00 for each additional fighting major in addition to any other penalties assessed.
    If a player is deemed to be the instigator in any of the fights above the ten (10) game threshold, such player would be assessed an automatic four (4) game suspension in addition to any other penalties assessed.


So after 10 fights a player will earn a player a 2-game suspension per fight, and after 15 fights the players team will be hit with a fine as well.

Biggs, Broll, and Rupert will have to be careful with this one. Broll and Rupert each picked up 7 fighting majors last season.

edit: Sorry, Rupert had 6, Broll had 7.
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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 05:38:07 PM »
Interesting point I just read. Say I've been know to drop 'em and I happen to have 9. Then some idiot (with knowledge I'm at 9) two hands me across the shins? I don't know, it seems players might exploit this. 
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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 06:07:00 PM »
Interesting point I just read. Say I've been know to drop 'em and I happen to have 9. Then some idiot (with knowledge I'm at 9) two hands me across the shins? I don't know, it seems players might exploit this.

David Branch was just on PTS with Bob McCown and said fights will be reviewed specifically addressing that if a player with 9 fights gets into a fight, and if the other player is deemed the instigator, the fight may not count toward the 10th fight for the player with 9 previous fights.

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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 06:09:29 PM »
Interesting point I just read. Say I've been know to drop 'em and I happen to have 9. Then some idiot (with knowledge I'm at 9) two hands me across the shins? I don't know, it seems players might exploit this.

David Branch was just on PTS with Bob McCown and said fights will be reviewed specifically addressing that if a player with 9 fights gets into a fight, and if the other player is deemed the instigator, the fight may not count toward the 10th fight for the player with 9 previous fights.

Okay, good. Common sense prevails!

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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 10:27:05 PM »
I'm happy about this, hopefully it'll cut down on some of the goons and allow the skilled kids to play in an environment closer to the NHL where skilled guys are sorta off limits.

Is there a rule like this in the ahl? If not there should be.

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Re: Official 2012-2013 CHL Prospects Thread
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 10:27:05 PM »