Maple Leafs Prospects Update

By Doug Evinou

Top Maple Leafs’ prospects continue to shine throughout the junior and European pro circuits.

Canadian Hockey League

Player        Team                    GP      G       APts     PIM
Kyle Wellwood Windsor Spitfires 15 15 15 30 0
Nicolas Corbeil Sherbrooke Castors 17 17 11 22 12
Matt Stajan Belleville Bulls 13 13 8 21 14
Brendan Bell Ottawa 67s 13 2 12 14 14
Ian White Swift Current Broncos 16 4 8 12 12
Dominic D’Amour Hull Olympiques 14 0 2 2 24

NB: David Turon (D) Portland WinterHawks, is out until November with a broken clavicle

Goalies

Player       Team                    GP      Save %W       L       T       GAA
Todd Ford Swift Current Broncos 11 0.9217 2 2 1.97

Notes: Wellwood’s Spitfires have been struggling recently (1-4 in past 5 games), and Kyle has lost his league scoring lead to the Ottawa 67s’ Corey Locke. The 67s, featuring Leaf prospect Brendan Bell are rated the 5th best team in Canada in the recent CHL Top Ten. Ian White has been named to the WHL Eastern Conference All-Star team for the 2002/03 Hershey Cup. He will be facing off against Nicolas Corbeil, who will be representing the QMJHL. The tourney is slated for the 13th of November in Hull. Paulo Colaiacovo, Carlo’s twin brother, is one of the top goaltenders in the OHL, backstopping the Barrie Colts to the top of the standings.

European Leagues

Sweden (SEL)

Player          Team          GP      G       A       Pts     PIM
Alexander Steen Frolunda 14257 8
Pierre Hedin Modo 14235
Staffan Kronwall Djurgarden 14033 4

Notes: Steen has been named to Sweden’s U-20 team for the upcoming 4-Nations tourney in the Czech Republic. Kronwall has a 1982 birthdate, and is ineligible for this tournament.

Russia

Player          Team                    GP      G       A       Pts     PIM
Alex Shinkar Severstal Cherepovets 11 2 1 3 4
Max Kondratiev Lada Togliatta 15 0 1 1 14

Notes: Shinkar has been getting more playing time recently, and has responded with his first two goals of the season. Kondratiev has been named to Russia’s U-20 squad for the upcoming 4-Nations Cup. Former St. John’s Maple Leaf Vladimir Antipov plays for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, and has 12 points in 16 games.

Finland

Player          Team    GP      G       A       PtsPIM
Jarkko Immonen JYP 16 3 5 810
Markus Seikola TPS 16 2 1 310

Notes: Former St. John’s Maple Leaf David Nemirovsky is one of the league’s top scorers, with 15 points.

Slovakia

Player          Team            GP      G       APtsPIM
Ivan Kolozvary Dukla Trencin 19 1 4 5 4

Notes: Kolozvary plays for Robert Svehla’s Trencin organization.

Czech Repbulic

Player                Team                GP       G       A       Pts
Jaroslav Sklenar        Znojmo (Extraliga)      8        0       0       0
Trebic (1.liga) 4 0 0 0

Notes: Sklenar decided to stay at home this season, starting the season with Znojmo of the Extraliga, but since being demoted to Trebic. The skinny speedster has failed to register a point this season, and his early promise as a prospect is beginning to wane.

North America

US College Hockey

Player          Team                    GP      G       A       Pts     PIM
Scott May Ohio State (CCHA 5 1 4 52
Mike Knoepfli Cornell (ECAC) 0 0 0 0 0

Notes: Scott May had a good weekend, getting the winning goal in one of Ohio State’s games. Knoepfli’s Cornell squad doesn’t get started until November 1st, when they take on May’s Buckeyes.

Minor Pro

Player          Team                        GPGA       Pts     PIM
Vaclav Zavoral Memphis Riverkings (CHL)500 0 26
Rob Palahnuk Memphis Riverkings (CHL)500 0 6
Riley Cote Memphis Riverkings (CHL) 3 0 0 0 11

Goalies

Player          Team                    GP      Save %               W       L       T       GAA
JF Racine Memphis Riverkings 2 0.923 1 1 0 2.54
Jamie Hodson Greensboro Generals 1 0.893 1 0 0 3.03

Notes: The Leafs have affiliations with an ECHL team in Greensboro and a CHL team in Memphis. Former Memphis star Jonathon Gagnon has gone MIA, reportedly asking for a move from the Maple Leafs organization. Jamie Hodson is stuck behind NHL veteran Daniel Berthiaume in Greensboro, only getting into one of the team’s seven games so far this season. Last year’s high-scoring Memphis squad is struggling to score goals, and the Leafs prospects aren’t helping much, combining for 0 points in 13 games, although they have no problem finding the penalty box, to the tune of 43 minutes in 5 games.