The Toronto Maple Leafs' cupboard is no longer bare, though it is certainly lacking high caliber offensive forwards. In previous years, the Leafs have been known to make rash signings and trades, paying little to no attention to the quality and continuity of their pipeline. They renewed their focus on drafting and development several ago and are only now slowly beginning to reap the benefits.
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 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.
It's been a long time since a team in Toronto has played meaningful hockey in the Spring months. The Toronto Marlies have changed those fortunes this season with a strong year that has translated into a lengthy post-season run that has seen the club play in the Calder Cup finals. Led by a handful of solid prospects, the Toronto Maple Leafs hope the recent post-season run by the Marlies will translate into more NHL ready players as soon as next season.
McKegg helped the Otters pick up their first win of the season on Friday night and established a new team record in the contest with six assists as part of the 7-5 victory over the Owen Sound Attack. It also marked the first six-point game of his career and he received second star honours for his performance. On Saturday night the Otters and Attack wrapped up their home-and-home series with McKegg picking up one assist despite the 6-3 loss to the defending OHL champions.
McKegg, a 19-year-old from St. Thomas, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Otters. The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect has 10 points in six games since returning from his second NHL Training Camp. Last season the Otters’ captain finished eighth in league scoring with 92 points in 66 games.