The Maple Leafs have several prospects playing at the NCAA and European level. Tony Cameranesi boasts the most impressive season out of any NCAA prospect, while a strong performance from Swedish defenseman Tom Nilsson has earned him an entry-level deal with the Maple Leafs. All three of the Maple Leafs European prospects are Swedish.
This edition of the Notebook takes a look some of the notable (and not so notable) prospect performances around college hockey in the month of November. Unless otherwise noted, all statsitics are current as of Nov. 30.
The additions of defensemen Morgan Rielly and Matt Finn at the 2012 NHL Draft have bolstered what was once a weak point in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ system. They are added to a list of names such as Korbinian Holzer, Jesse Blacker, Stuart Percy, and Petter Granberg that are in the fold currently. Each player offers a different dynamic that should complement the team’s defensive core if they continue to progress in their development.
The opening month of the 2011-12 college hockey season featured some great NHL prospect performances and a few surprises. Hockey’s Future takes a look back at some of the month’s best moments. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of October 31st.
Season-Opening Tournaments Roundup
Four tournaments kicked off the 2011-12 season. Three came in the season-opening weekend, while one came near month’s end.
Up in Grand Forks, ND, Boston College defeated host North Dakota 6-2 to win the 15th annual Icebreaker Tournament on October 8th Junior Chris Kreider (NYR) netted the game-winner and was named the Most Valuable Player. Sophomore Bill Arnold (CGY), who is off to a terrific start for the Eagles this season, joined Kreider on the All-Tournament team after posting a goal and two assists in the contest.