Toronto Maple Leafs December European Prospect Update

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KAZAN, RUSSIA – DECEMBER 1, 2019: Ak Bars Kazan’s Vladislav Kara (L) and Dynamo Moscow’s Vadim Shipachev in a 2019/2020 KHL Regular Season ice hockey match between Ak Bars Kazan and Dynamo Moscow at Tatneft Arena. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor AleyevTASS via Getty Images)

The Toronto Maple Leafs organization have had continuous success in the development of prospects from Europe over the past few seasons. This current crop may be the most challenging to date…

The Toronto Maple Leafs are under new leadership in December and with the change has come a real change in focus. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been a skill focused team in the past few seasons and this is something that has really lent itself toward many of their previous European prospects.

The pass based focus that Keefe had instilled with the Marlies allowed players like Sandin, Korshkov, Aberg and Engvall to really thrive. Coming from the larger ice, their skill development was always the focus of their play. This change is something that the prospects still plying their way in Europe should welcome and be encouraged by.

The December prospect update sees some welcome improvements for some of the lesser known prospects alongside some real disappointing news for one. We also seem to finally be seeing the return to form of our 2019 third round stud, Mikko Kokkenen.

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If you haven’t read the previous European Prospect articles they can be found here:


As with every European Prospect update, we will begin with our juniors over in Russia.

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