Leafs Prospect Update – November 2, 2014

Johnson Scoring All The Goals

It seems like every time I write a prospect update I’m starting off with news from Sweden. Apologies to Don Cherry, but it’s been Andreas Johnson and William Nylander who’ve been the Leafs’ most consistently productive prospects so far this season. Quite frankly, it isn’t even close.

Johnson potted three goals over the weekend; a shootout goal on Friday that gave Frolunda the 3-2 win over Vaxjo, and another two goals on Saturday in a 3-1 win over AIK. I highly suggest visiting Johnson’s player page on the Frolunda website and checking out the video of those goals. All of them were pretty fun to watch. Unfortunately, the SHL doesn’t provide embed links for their online video.

The Leafs’ seventh round pick of the 2013 Draft, Johnson has 14 points in 18 games so far this season. Even more impressive, his 10 goals makes him Frolunda’s leading goal scorer, and second in all of the SHL.

Speaking of Nylander…

Since being loaned to MODO for the 2014-2015 season, Nylander has been producing at a very high clip. Nay, the highest clip. In eight games so far, Nylander has scored three goals and 11 points. He might only be tied for 26th in league scoring, but Nylander’s 1.38 points-per-game average leads the entire SHL. This might not be sustainable throughout the season, but that’s a heck of a good start nonetheless.

All I want for Christmas is a Nylander and Johnson on a line together at the 2015 World Juniors. More specifically, I want tickets to see this in person. (Edit: I’ve been corrected. Johnson is too old to play in the U20s, as he turns twenty a few weeks before the tournament. It’s ok, Nylander will do just fine without him.)

Other News

  • Tyler Biggs leads the Orlando Solar Bears in goals with four in eight games. Don’t call it a comeback.
  • Garret Sparks is tops in GAA (1.22) and SV% (.966) in the ECHL amongst goaltenders who’ve played more than one game.
  • Dakota Joshua continues to produce for Sioux Falls. In two weekend games (a loss to Des Moines and a win over Sioux City), Joshua scored three goals. His 14 points in 12 games places him tied for second in USHL scoring.
  • Rinat Valiev has two goals and five points through five games so far this season. He might not be a point-per-game player all year, but the Buffalo Sabres’ return of Sam Reinhart to Kootenay will give Valiev an exceptional target to dish the puck up ice to. Bring on the apples.
  • Carter Verhaeghe is struggling to put up similar numbers to what he’s used to, but the Niagara IceDogs have been downright terrible this year. He has six goals and 10 points in 15 games.
  • Frederik Gauthier has one goal in four games since returning from injury. Yikes.
  • Dominic Toninato and Tony Cameranesi both went pointless in Minnesota-Duluth’s weekend split with Miami University. Despite this, Toninato is still tied for the NCHC goal scoring lead with six in eight games.
  • Nolan Vesey had an assist in each of Maine’s two weekend victories over Massachusetts. He’s got three assists in eight games to start the season.
  • Max Everson went pointless in Harvard’s first game of the season yesterday. That’s not newsworthy. I just wanted to remind you that Max Everson is a person and also a Leafs prospect.
  • CMpuck

    Fredrick Gauthier is pissing me off. Granted hes very young and no one expected him to be a good point producer but Shinkaruk and Burakovsky are going to make us regret taking this bottom 6er over those 2 skilled boom-bust guys.

  • CMpuck

    Fredrick Gauthier is pissing me off. Granted hes very young and no one expected him to be a good point producer but Shinkaruk and Burakovsky are going to make us regret taking this bottom 6er over those 2 skilled boom-bust guys.

  • CMpuck

    Gauthier was the safe pick. I’m not saying the correct pick, but the most likely to play in the NHL when selected.

    Biggs was a horrible pick from the moment his name left Burke’s mouth. Ironically he was #1 on Bob MacKenzie’s list for that selection. It sucks to know we gave up the Rickard Rakell and John Gibson picks to move up for him.

    It shouldn’t be a wonder to us Leafs fans why they have been so bad for so long – the draft.

    • FlareKnight

      Not sure I’d even say he was the wrong pick. For all the heat he was a reasonable pick at that spot. If we end up drafting a really good defensive center I’m not going to be crying over it.

      Just made a bad call with Biggs.

      Looking at some of the prospects in the system and who have gotten on the roster I don’t think the issue has been making bad picks from the spots we had. It’s been an issue of trading away picks which we then can’t actually use to draft anyone.

      • FlareKnight

        Sorry my comment in regards to drafting wasn’t referring to the picks we made.

        I was referring to prior managements outlook at the draft and trading the picks away. Prior to Burke the ownership, or management, used draft picks as trade assets rather then restocking the organization.

        Agreement on both our parts.

  • CMpuck

    Sorry for two posts in a row but I just realized something..

    In Tyler Biggs the Leafs drafted the 6’3″ 225lbs version of David Clarkson.

    I’m not trying to be funny. Clarkson uses his teammates poorly. Best fitted as just a 3rd liner. Plays a grinding north/south game and gets most goals by parking at the top of the crease. Most of his points are goal too which also shows the lack of teammate use.

    Sure Clarkson can get PP time but his role is to sit on the top of the crease, Biggs will almost mirror Clarkson in the NHL (size aside), if he makes it.

  • FlareKnight

    i hate this organization 99.9% of the time. burke really screwed us with biggs for rakell and gibson and don’t even get me started on nonis’ gauthier pick when burakovsky and shinkaruk were literally there for the taking… destined for failure. this hurts so much. we could have gotten a projected 3rd line grinder (biggs) and 3rd line defensive centre (gauthier) in free agency for cheap!! we didn’t need to waste high draft picks for them UGHHHHH the incompetence is truly unbelievable.