Photo: Defenseman Korbinian Holzer is one of several NHL-ready Toronto prospects who was forced to play in the AHL this season due to the NHL lockout. (Bill Streicher/Icon SMI)
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.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo turned an offensive outburst this past weekend into a league award (courtesy of CHL Images)
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Josh Leivo of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 7 after scoring six goals in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.
Photo: Winger Matt Frattin is one of many Maple Leafs prospects who already has a fair amount of NHL experience. (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs' system includes extensive depth at all positions, which should soon pay major dividends. Pending an extended lockout, there is expectation for strong competition from within, as a number of players are expected to graduate to the professional level. Recent draftees Morgan Rielly and Matt Finn find themselves ranked in the top-five for the Fall Top 20 rankings. Other new faces to the list include NCAA forward standout Spencer Abbot and Swedish defenseman Petter Granberg.
Photo: Widely regarded as a potential first-round pick, Matt Finn slipped to the second round where the Maple Leafs were happy to select him with the 35th overall pick. (Aaron Bell/CHL Images)
The Toronto Maple Leafs went into the 2012 NHL Draft with six selections, including the fifth overall. While General Manager Brian Burke did little to surprise with his selections, there was some big news at the conclusion of the draft.
Photo: Toronto Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke, shown here at the 2011 NHL Draft, elected to hang onto his fifth overall pick at the 2012 NHL Draft to select Morgan Rielly (courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn/Icon SMI)
Although the Toronto Maple Leafs and their GM, Brian Burke, were presented with trade options for their fifth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Draft, they elected to instead hang onto the pick to choose defenseman Morgan Rielly of the WHL's moose Jaw Warriors.