Baby Leafs update

By Kevin Kelly

Wellwood named AHL rookie of the month

St. John’s Maple Leafs forward Kyle Wellwood was named the American Hockey League’s rookie of the month for November. The 20-year-old Wellwood had 14 points during November and is one of the league’s top scoring rookies. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round of the 2001 Entry Draft.

Kondratiev not adapting well

Despite the high talent potential of defenseman Maxim Kondratiev, the rookie Russian rearguard is having troubles fitting in with the Baby Leafs so far. His lack of knowledge of the English language has hampered him somewhat, according to the coaching staff, who say
it is difficult for them to communicate with him about plays, etc. He also was a healthy scratch in recent games but does have offensive upside. His teammates are doing what they can to help the young Russian rearguard out by inviting him out on social occasions, etc. for him to get used to the language. The 20-year-old was taken in the sixth round by the Leafs in the 2001 Entry Draft.

The end of Luca?

It looks very likely that this is the final year for Luca Cereda on the Baby Leafs. The Swiss center, who has struggled in the AHL thus far, has signed a deal for next year with a team in the Swiss Elite league. The signing only reinforces the perception that Cereda wants out of the city as soon as he is allowed to. Cereda was hampered earlier this season with injuries and has only one assist so far this season for the Blue and White. Not long ago Cereda was a highly touted prospect and also played so well for Switzerland at the last World Championships. He was a first round pick of the Leafs in 1999 (24th overall).

Tellqvist shines upon return

Twenty-four-year-old goaltender Mikael Tellqvist has played well in his five games played since his return from Toronto going 3-2 with a shutout. His addition to the roster meant the end (for now) of Jamie Hodson, who was sent to the Greensboro Generals of the ECHL. Sebastien Centomo,who has played relatively well so far this season, is Tellqvist’s backup.