The improved prospect depth in the Toronto Maple Leafs system should start to bear fruit through the 2012-13 season, as many prospects make their pro debuts with the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Focus, however, will continue on prospects at the pro level such as Nazem Kadri and Joe Colborne. There is also great interest in 2012 draft pick Morgan Rielly, and what he can do over a full season.
Rugged sophomore defenseman Andrew MacWilliam (TOR) was part of North Dakota’s excellent defensive corps this season. He posted just eight points (all assists) in 37 games this season and became an intimidating presence on the Fighting Sioux blue line.
Hockey’s Future spoke with MacWilliam following North Dakota’s 0-2 loss to Michigan in the second semi-final game on Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.
Hockey’s Future: Despite a very disappointing ending to the season, what is one positive, if anything, that you can take from this season?
Andrew MacWilliam: We obviously had a great season, but we didn’t achieve our ultimate goal and it definitely hurts. This has been the best group of guys that I’ve ever played with. So I think that’s the positive.