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This weekend we were treated to some zero stakes hockey, as the Toronto Maple Leafs sent their prospects to Traverse City to compete against the prospects of Columbus, Detroit and Dallas. Here are some thoughts on Toronto's top prospects.
Toronto has finally released their roster for the 2023 Traverse City prospect tournament. Let's break down some quick scouting of the undrafted invites, plus some notes on a few of Toronto's prospects.
Nikita Grebyonkin's season has already begun! It's time to look at his pre-season and early regular season play, and see how he's been doing.
Liljegren is only one of two players eligible for this list who is a regular NHL player, but he's also young enough that people still think that maybe he can still improve. Come see the debate about how good an NHLer he is, and if he can get better!
Nick Robertson has only played in 31 NHL games and 82 total games in the past three seasons, and the shine is off a former star prospect. Can he stay healthy and learn how to be effective in the NHL, or has his opportunity already slipped by?
As the second oldest player eligible for this year's T25U25, Timmins is in a weird spot to consider in our rankings. The Maple Leafs are familiar with highly regarded defense prospects struggling to find their footing in the NHL. So where does that leave Timmins?
One of the more debated areas of our annual rankings comes when we look at players who have gotten into a handful of NHL games, but haven't yet stuck in a full time role. Pontus Holmberg certainly fits this type of player after his AHL and NHL rookie season.
Hirvonen is a prospect that's difficult to project because of where and how he's played. He's been in Finland's pro league before Toronto even drafted him, as well as being part of Team Finland in various junior tournaments for years. But who is he as a player by now?
On a team with so few defensemen prospects in their pipeline, Villeneuve is arguably their second best hope of being an NHLer. This year, he will have a chance to step up into a second pair role on the Marlies and get even closer to the NHL as a real possibility.
Looking at a final, overall assessment of Easton Cowan, his future projection, and if Toronto was right to use their first round pick to draft him.
Breaking down the specific strengths and weaknesses of Easton Cowan's game, using scouting reports and video clips. This covers his skating, puck handling, passing, shooting, physicality/defense, and hockey smarts.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Easton Cowan with the 28th overall pick, it produced a mixed reaction. But Toronto has done the same thing with Knies and Minten, so is Cowan set to follow the same path?
It's not the slowest point of the off-season yet, but boy it's getting there.