Maple Leafs Prospects Update – Play-off Edition

By Doug Evinou

The regular season is over, and play-off excitement has begun for the Maple Leafs prospects throughout the world. Here is a look at how the play-offs have been going for the youngsters.

North America

Canadian Hockey League (Play-off Stats)

Player         Team                    GP       G       A      Pts     PIM
Nicolas Corbeil Sherbrooke Castors 4 4 4 8 14
Kyle Wellwood Windsor Spitfires 4 2 6 8 0
Brendan Bell Ottawa 67s 4 4 3 7 2
Matt Stajan Belleville Bulls 3 2 5 7 12
Ian White Swift Current Broncos 4 0 3 3 0
Dominic D’Amour Hull Olympiques 4 1 1 2 25
David Turon Portland Winterhawks 3 0 1 1 0


Player       Team                    GP      Save %W       L       T       GAA
Todd Ford Prince George Cougars 1 0.889 0 1 0 7.00

Notes: Ian White’s Swift Current side was knocked off in four straight games by the Medicine Hat Tigers. The sweep was surprising, and a disappointing end to a very successful season for White, who had just been named to the WHL’s Eastern Conference First All-Star team. Carlo Colaiacovo was the only Leafs draft pick to not make the CHL play-offs. It was anticipated that Colaiacovo may have joined the St. John’s Maple Leafs to end the season, but doctors have advised him to have season-ending shoulder surgery instead; fixing a problem that has been lingering since January. Dominic D’Amour’s side is through to the next round with a four game sweep of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Nicolas Corbeil has gotten off to a fast start in the play-offs, with 4 goals and 4 assists in only 4 games. The Castors are tied 2-2 in games versus the Montreal Rocket. Goalie Todd Ford had an auspicious play-off debut, losing 7-3 to Seattle; facing 56 shots in the process. It looks like the Cougars are going to finish the series off with Billy Thompson, effectively ending Ford’s season. Matt Stajan and Kyle Wellwood are currently involved in exciting series’ with St. Mikes and London respectively. Congratulations are extended to Ottawa 67 Brendan Bell, who signed a multi-year, entry level contract with the Maple Leafs last week. Good luck in St. John’s next season, Brendan!

US College Hockey (Final Regular Season Stats)

Player          Team                  GP       G       A     Pts     PIM
Scott May Ohio State (CCHA) 42 10 25 35
Mike Knoepfli Cornell (ECAC) 33 6 15 21

Notes: May and Knoepfli both enjoyed very successful seasons. Knoepfli’s Cornell side finshed the season ranked 1st overall, and will go into the Frozen Four tournament as favorites, and will face the Minnesta Golden Gophers in their opener on Saturday. May’s Buckeye’s earned a 3rd seed, and will open against Boston College. If May and Knoepfli’s teams both win, they will meet in the second round. One of May’s teammates is highly touted draft prospect Ryan Kesler.



Player          Team                    GP      Save %               W       L       T     OTL       GAA
Jan Chovan Sioux City 36 0.925 22 8 0 2 2.74

Chovan’s team has clinched a play-off berth.

Minor Pro (Final Regular Season Stats)

Player          Team                     GP    G     A    Pts   PIM
Jonathon Gagnon Memphis Riverkings (CHL) 44 26 22 48 55
Rob Palahnuk Memphis Riverkings (CHL) 48 10 14 24 54
Riley Cote Memphis Riverkings (CHL) 51 8 6 14 241
Vaclav Zavoral Memphis Riverkings (CHL) 53 2 2 4 143


Player            Team                    GP      Save            W       L       T     OTL       GAA
JF Racine Memphis Riverkings 35 0.907 22 9 0 3 2.75
Sebastien Centomo Greensboro Generals 4 0.899 1 1 1 0 3.53

Notes: Memphis are tied 1-1 in their opening best of five series against the Oklahoma City Blazers. The RiverKings are trying to repeat as league champions. Racine started the second game, and picked up the loss. Robb Palahnuk picked up a goal in game 2. The statistics above are final for the regular season.

European Leagues

Sweden (SEL) Play-off Stats

Player          Team          GP      G       A     Pts   PIM
Alexander Steen Frolunda 12 2 3 5 2
Staffan Kronwall Djurgarden 12 1 1 2 8
Pierre Hedin Modo 6 0 1 1 4

Notes: Alex Steen’s Frolunda side has advanced to the SEL finals against Farjestad. Steen has played fine two-way hockey in a complementary role on the fourth line, and is a plus 4 so far. Staffan Kronwall’s team lost to Farjestad in the semi-finals. Despite the loss, Kronwall played extremely well, and earned an invitation to play with Sweden’s national team in an upcoming exhibition series with Switzerland. Kronwall will join his brother Niklas, and fellow Leafs draft pick Pierre Hedin on the squad.

Russia (Final – Regular Season stats)

Player          Team                    GP     G      A       Pts   PIM
Alex Shinkar Severstal Cherepovets 31 3 1 4 12
Max Kondratiev Lada Togliatta 44 1 3 4 50

Notes: Shinkar continues to play sporadically with Severstal, who finished third in league standings with 99 points in 51 games. Kondratiev finished the season strong, and is reported to be getting more involved offensively as his confidence grows at the Russian professional level. Lada finished the season in fifth place, with 92 points in 51 games. The play-offs are ongoing, with Severstal and Lada both advancing to the second round of the play-offs. Former Leafs draft pick and Ottawa 67 Vadim Sozinov played last year with Mettalurg Novokuznetsk, but could not catch on with a Russian Elite team this season. He has been playing in the Russian junior league this year.

Finland (Final – Regular Season Stats)

Player          Team    GP      G       A     Pt    PIM
Jarkko Immonen JYP 56 10 23 33 34
Markus Seikola TPS 56 5 4 9 36

Notes: Immonen’s JYP squad squandered a 3-1 series lead against Karpat Oulu, and lost in 7 games. It will be interesting to see if Immonen can continue to build on the success he enjoyed this season, or if he has plateued. Some wonder if Immonen has the foot speed to overcome some size issues he has. Seikola’s season ended in similar fashion, with his TPS side blowing a series lead to powerhouse HPK. He picked up a goal in one of the games. Seikola is a player that will hopefully rebound next season after a fairly disappointing season. It was hoped he would establish himself as a dominant defenseman in the Finnish league this season.


Player          Team            GP      G       A     PtsPIM
Ivan Kolozvary Dukla Trencin 48 6 11 17 28
Play-offs 12 2 2 4 4

Notes: Trencin lost 4-1 in the semi-finals to Bratislava, after winning their first round series against Skalica in seven games. Bratislava was the top team in the Slovakian elite league this season.