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Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Who Is The Leafs Best Prospect?


With the season over for the Toronto Maple Leafs, most Leaf fans are now looking toward the future. Part of that future is looking at the status of prospects.

Now, the Maple Leafs prospect system isn’t the best in the NHL, far from it in fact. However, the system has improved since the days of John Ferguson Jr. The Brian Burke and Dave Nonis eras have fixed that somewhat.

But who is the Leafs top prospect?

That can be answered in many different ways. Some people view the Leafs top prospect as the player that is closest to playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Others view the top prospect as the player that has the brightest future no matter where they play.

The Leafs have plenty of players on the Toronto Marlies that will be candidates to make the Leafs next season. Some of them made their debuts with the team this season. Players like Peter Holland, Josh Leivo and Jerry D’Amigo all were productive during their stints with the Leafs. You then have players that maybe only played a game or two like Petter Granberg and Greg McKegg.

Then there are players in the juniors that the Leafs are waiting on. The Leafs prospect that made the most noise this season was Connor Brown of the Erie Otters. He had 128 points in 68 games this season. Then there is Guelph Storm captain Matt Finn, a promising Leafs defensive prospect. There’s also Carter Verhaeghe, who had a 82-point season with the Niagara IceDogs. All this and I haven’t even mentioned Frederik Gauthier, the Leafs first-round pick last season.

Some might look at the Leafs future and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully these prospects will change their minds.

Who Is The Leafs Best Prospect?

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  • old hockey fan

    Not counting the guys that have played for the Leafs, but I really like Carter Verhaeghe.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      I realized that I forgot to add the actual poll on Monday, it’s up now so you can vote if you want to. I put in Holland, Leivo and D’Amigo because they aren’t full time Leafs yet.

      I like Verhaeghe too. The interesting thing now is that a linemate of his, Brendan Perlini, could be available at 8th overall when the Leafs pick in this years draft. If they take him, they could bring in some already existing chemistry.

  • D.WAdair

    The future looks pretty goodBurke did a good job before he left.

  • Tim Bayer

    Stu Percy.

    • Jeffrey Langridge

      I think he was talking about Matt Finn and Stu Percy.

      • Tim Bayer

        I was just throwing Percy’s name out there because he’s not in the poll.

        • Jeffrey Langridge

          Oh, oops. Yeah, I just plain forgot about him.

  • Bill Kniess

    Hoping a bit it will be Granberg. He could be a key for the d going forward. I expect to get some good play from FINN/Percy but Granberg as some real skill. Of the others I like Freddy Gauthier. Ya. so he may be your third line guy …. but he may be a top 3rd line guy who can handle some 2nd line chores. Despite the number of big guys in the league you just teach 6’4″ 220 lbs. If his ability on face-offs is progressing like I hear that could be a big plus for a number of yrs..

    • Tim Bayer

      He also had a pretty good playoffs with nine points in 11 games.

  • jimithy

    It doesn’t matter who the best prospect is. Once he starts playing for the Leafs, the complete indifference of the fans will impact his game and he will start to play like the team has been playing for the last 47 years. The fans always get what they want.

    • Tim Bayer

      Wait, Leafs fans are indifferent? That’s a new one.

      • jimithy

        For sure, the indifference shows up everywhere. Here are a couple of examples. At the game the “fans” don’t know what to do, besides knowing where their seats are and what to do with them. Sitting there watching the game is easy. Getting involved is another thing. The legendary silence at Leaf games is not something to be proud of. After such appalling hockey for such a long time and not to voice their disgust louder, just proves once again the indifference, and that is why next year will be the same as ever. Because, this indifference rubs off onto the players and then the next thing you know is that they are playing very indifferently. As we saw. It’s all the fans fault, is what i am trying to say. Look it up.