Photo: Forward Tyler Biggs will look to have a bounce back 2014-15 season in the AHL. Biggs was a former first round pick from 2011. (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
After years of sacrificing high draft picks for quick fix solutions, which eventually led to a lack of depth in their minor league system, the Toronto Maple Leafs have turned a corner in the quality and depth of their player development pipeline. That youth injection is getting stronger with prospects Matt Finn, Connor Brown, and Antoine Bibeau potentially joining the Leafs’ minor league affiliates for the 2014-15 season. Other prospects, such as Andreas Johnson and Carter Verhaeghe, will look to build on their solid performances in 2014-15.
Photo: Montreal Canadiens’ prospect Jiri Sekac signed with the Canadiens in the off-season after scoring 11 goals and 17 assists for HC Lev Praha in 2013-14 (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)
Another busy slate in the 2014 NHL preseason on Tuesday night, albeit with a pair of split squad games included in that count. But one of those split squad games, between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, may have provided fans of one team with a little hope for the future. Read more»
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander was chosen 13th overall in the CHL Import Draft by the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads (courtesy of Mark Spowart/Icon Sportswire)
The Toronto Maple Leafs’ 18-year-old first-rounder William Nylander may be young in NHL years, but he’s got a wealth of NHL experience behind him. And that confidence, along with a copious amount of talent, may propel him to the big-league roster as early as this season. Read more»
Photo: A pair of 2014 NHL Draft first round selections, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ William Nylander and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Kasperi Kapanen, highlight the prospects taking part in the 2014 Leafs Prospect Tournament in London, ON (courtesy of Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images/Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
While the Traverse City Prospects Tournament is the most heralded NHL prospects gathering, it is not the only one taking place over the course of the next few days. Over in London, ON, the Toronto Maple Leafs will be holding their annual prospects confab that includes players from four NHL teams – the Maple Leafs, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins. Read more»
Photo: Forward Josh Leivo is one of several Toronto Maple Leafs prospects who are expected to take the next step in their development. Leivo was a third round pick in 2011. (courtesy of Abelimages/Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have featured a lot of high character, two-way forwards in their prospect pool over the years, but few with pure offensive instinct or elite skill. That is changing with the drafting of high-end talent William Nylander and the progress shown last season from the likes of Josh Leivo, Andreas Johnson, Carter Verhaeghe, and others.