When the NHL is in full swing, it is easy to forget about the prospects within a team’s development system. This can be the case with those that follow the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Unless you follow the Toronto Marlies closely, it is easy to forget about many of the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects that play for them. The same goes for prospects in the NCAA, Ontario Hockey League (OHL), or any other league.
Signing prospects and keeping them in the system is just as important as keeping your NHL team competitive. A team’s prospects are the team’s future, and if you want the future to be a bright one, you need to keep as many of your prospects as you can.
A few prospects within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization have been signed or extended recently. Here is a look at those signings and the players involved.
Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Signings
On December 19th, 2021, the Maple Leafs signed prospect Ty Voit to a three-year entry-level contract (ELC). Voit got selected by Toronto in the fifth round of the 2021 NHL draft with the 153rd overall pick.
So far this season, Voit has registered 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points in 39 games for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. His new ELC with the Maple Leafs is worth $850,000 per season.
(Salary info from: capfriendly.com)
(Stats info from: eliteprospects.com)
Goaltending prospect Joseph Woll is on a one-year contract this season. On February 11th, the Maple Leafs signed him to a three-year contract extension. The average annual value (AAV) of his new contract is worth $766,666. The first year of the extension is a two-way contract, and the final two seasons are one-way.
Woll currently has a record of 5-2-0 this season in eight games with the Toronto Marlies. He also has a 3.32 GAA and a .911 SV% with the Marlies. Woll played in four games with the Toronto Maple Leafs this season with a 3-1-0 record with a 2.76 GAA and .911 SV% with one shutout.
On February 17th, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed Mac Hollowell to a one-year, two-way contract extension. His AAV will be $750,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 in the AHL. Toronto will still own his contract rights when the extension expires as he will still be an RFA.
So far this season, the 23-year-old defenseman has registered three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 23 games. Hollowell is in his third season with the Toronto Marlies. He has shown good progress since joining them in 2019.
On February 18th, Toronto prospect Dmitry Ovchinnikov had his KHL contract terminated. Toronto immediately signed the young Russian to a three-year ELC beginning this season. He will join the Toronto Marlies once he receives approval for his Canadian work permits. The AAV of his ELC is $835,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 in the AHL.
Ovchinnikov recorded 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points in 22 games this season for Sibirskie Snaipery Novosibirsk. This is the minor league team for Sibir Novosibirsk in the KHL. He is a fifth round selection on the Maple Leafs from the 2020 NHL draft.