CHL Subway Super Series Features Three Toronto Maple Leaf Prospects

May 20, 2011; Mississauga, ON, CANADA; Mississauga St Michaels Majors defenseman Stuart Percy (5) during the Memorial Cup against the St John Sea Dogs at the Hershey Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-US PRESSWIRE

On Thursday night three Toronto Maple Leaf prospects suited up for Team OHL to take on the Russians as part of the CHL Subway Super Series.  Stuart Percy (1st round, 2011), Matt Finn (2nd round, 2012) and Josh Leivo (3rd round, 2011) all had the opportunity to showcase their talents against a very tough opponent that featured 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.

Leivo spent the majority of the game on a line with Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Boone Jenner and Minnesota Wild prospect Tyler Graovac.  Matt Finn was paired with Ottawa Senators first round pick Cody Ceci, while Stuart Percy was partnered with his Mississauga teammate and San Jose Sharks prospect Dylan DeMelo.

The Russians were playing their third game in four nights and it clearly showed in the first period.  Team OHL dominated possession, but struggled to get many good scoring opportunities.  This was the theme again in the second period as Team OHL continued to dominate and managed to take a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded marker by Graovac.  The third period was a different story as the Russians appeared to find their legs and generate some scoring chances.  They found the back of the net twice in 34 seconds midway through the period and they were able to hold on for a 2-1 victory.

Of the three Maple Leaf prospects, Leivo was the only one that impressed.  He was very effective on the fore check and generated a number of scoring chances from his play along the boards.  He had the best chance to tie the game late in the third period, but his one timer was denied by Russian keeper Igor Ustinski.  He was rewarded for his strong play with plenty of ice time as he ended up with over 20 minutes on the night.  I could not find complete ice time data for the game, but if I had to guess I would think that he ended up with the most ice time for Team OHL forwards.

Finn and Percy were both average on the night. Neither player stood out in a positive or negative way.  However, one thing that really caught my eye was that Percy did not see the ice for a six minute stretch late in the third period.  From the 6:32 mark, he did not get another shift until there were 31 seconds left in the game.  And even then it was for a 25 second shift after Brett Ritchie took a penalty and all but sealed the game for the Russians.  He was clearly behind Ceci, Finn, Ryan Murphy and Slater Koekkoek on the depth chart.

The Table below is a summary of ice time and shot attempt stats that I took for the game.  Shot attempt data, which are used to calculate CORSI, are a good indicator of puck possession and whether a player is moving the puck in a positive direction.  Considering how dominant Team OHL was in terms of possession for most of the game, Percy’s +3 shot differential is less than impressive.  However, Finn and Leivo both managed a +10 CORSI for the game.

TOI

EV TOI

PP TOI

PK TOI

Shot Attempts

Shot Attempts Against

Off. Zone Start

Def. Zon Start

Stuart Percy

17:41

15:09

00:00

02:32

13

10

3

3

Matt Finn

18:35

13:23

02:12

03:00

19

9

2

4

Josh Leivo

20:16

16:01

02:40

01:35

20

10

4

2

***Note shot attempt and zone start data are for even strength shifts only***

 

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Topics: Josh Leivo, Matt Finn, Stuart Percy, Toronto Maple Leafs

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