Marner’s Big Weekend, a Bulldog Impresses and Other Prospect News

We wrote a lot about Mitch Marner and his scoring exploits over the past three days, but let’s dive in again just in case you tuned out over the weekend and need a refresher.

Marner was instrumental in three London Knights wins in three days, scoring a hat trick in both Friday’s and Saturday’s games. In all, Marner scored six goals and 11 points in three games. You don’t need a complicated visual to tell you that’s insane

Here’s, in my humble opinion, the prettiest of all his goals – his second marker (shorthanded, too) in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Ottawa 67’s…


Marner is officially one of the hottest players in all of Canadian Major Junior, with seven straight multi-point games and 22 points over that span.

Andreas Says Hello

Ok, so he didn’t have two hat tricks, but Frolunda’s Andreas Johnson also potted himself three-goals-in-a-game this past week. The Leafs’ former seventh-round pick came up big in a 6-3 win over Skelleftea on Thursday and now has 21 points in 24 games. I can’t wait to see how this kid looks live when he makes the jump to North America next year.

Don’t Sleep on the Bulldogs

We haven’t spoken a whole lot about Toronto’s two University of Minnesota-Duluth prospects this season, but Tony Cameranesi and Dominic Toninato have now given us reason to talk (although, not for the same reasons).

Cameranesi has been particularly strong this season and had himself a great weekend in two big UMD wins over Western Michigan. In Friday night’s game, a 7-0 blowout, Cameranesi failed to find the scoresheet but put a team-high seven shots on net. On Saturday, this time a 6-2 win, Cameranesi scored a goal and added three assists. In 13 games this season, the former fifth-round pick has five goals and 17 points. It’s good to see Cameranesi clocking in at well over a point-per-game pace, even if he is in his Senior year. The Leafs will have to make a decision on him in the coming months.

Toninato, on the other hand, isn’t quite breaking out in the way many would have hoped. After scoring 26-in-34 as a Sophomore last season, Toninato only has seven points in 15 games so far this year. Toninato fell right out of our TLN Top 20 Leafs Prospects in the preseason and I can’t imagine his stat line this season will change that, even with that Michael Grabner trade with the New York Islanders that sent a number of eligible prospects out the door.

Timashov Turning The Most Important of Heads

Dmytro Timashov, who I imagine will be joining William Nylander on Sweden’s WJC squad later this month, had himself a solid weekend. On Friday night, in particular, Timashov scored two goals and three assists in a high-scoring 7-6 loss to the Shawinigan Cataractes. He followed that up with an assist the next day for a two-game, six-point weekend, and now sits sixth in QMJHL scoring with 51 points in 28 games. 

Those are impressive numbers for sure, but it’s not about impressing your teammates or your friends or even your ma and pa. There’s only one dude you need to impress, and Timashov is succeeding.

    • MatsSundin#13

      Johnny Gaudreau is listed at 5’9″ and 150 lbs. Marner is listed at 5’11” and 164 lbs. No reason why Marner can’t be effective in the NHL still due to his size. I don’t see any way they will keep him in junior next year if he continues to put up McDavid numbers.

      • Gary Empey

        Fair, but there’s only been a couple of players that can pull that off and still be highly effective (Gaudreau, Patrick Kane…).

        You’re right, he’s already bigger than Gaudreau in height and weight but I like his odds better with the extra pounds.

      • magesticRAGE

        Actually, Marner is like 175ish pounds now. Still in the lighter side, but not likely to get killed, cause he will be in the NHL next season.

        Sweden’s WJC team is going to be stacked! Timashov is now going to play!

  • MatsSundin#13

    Marner, Timashov & Nylander all 3 very skilled, fast and very shifty. I can’t wait to see who else the Leafs add to their future next June we also gave Andreas Johnson, Connor Brown, Soshnikov, Kapanen damn. That’s some skill there folks. Leivo & lesser extent Leipsic

  • MatsSundin#13

    I quoted a notable young hockey scout and broadcaster, Shane Malloy who stated that on average an N.H.L. team is lucky to get 2 players per draft that will play over 150 games in the N.H.L.

    Something tells me that the leaf management brain trust will shatter that average with some of the seasons that several of their young prospects are indeed having. Time will tell, but how can you not like the talented ability of Marner, Nylander Timashov etc.

  • Gary Empey

    The fruit of Maple Leaf Farms” is beggining to ripen.

    Andrew Nielsen…In 29 games he has 7 goals, 21 assists, and 48 PIM

    Martins Dzierkals In 26 games he has 14 goals, 19 assists. and 16 PIM

    Jesper Lindgren 21 MODO games 2 goals, 1 assist, and 4 PIM

    Stephen Desrocher, 31 games, 5 goals, 13 assists, 20 PIM

    Nikita Korostelev 28 games, 9 goals, 11 assists, 15 PIM