Matthew Knies – Toronto Maple Leafs
Matthew Knies was drafted 57th overall in the 2021 NHL draft by the Leafs in the 2nd round. After getting drafted, Knies began playing for the University of Minnesota in the NCAA. He recorded 36 goals and 39 assists for 75 points in 73 games over two seasons before joining the Leafs late last season.
He impressed Toronto Maple Leafs management by registering four points in seven NHL playoff games. That success spilled over to a productive training camp and preseason this year, and he earned a spot on the main roster. He has two goals and two assists for four points in seven games.
Nick Robertson – Toronto Marlies
Nick Robertson is a second-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, chosen 53rd overall in the 2019 NHL draft. Robertson’s pro career has been filled with injuries which have stalled his development. The most success he’s been able to find since being drafted was 28 points in 28 games for the Marlies during the 2021-22 season.
Robertson has three goals and three assists for six points in five games with the Marlies this season. There is a good chance he will play with the Leafs at some point this season.
Easton Cowan – London Knights (OHL)
Easton Cowan is one of the freshest faces in the Leafs prospect pipeline. The 18-year-old was drafted by the Leafs in the first round of the 2023 NHL draft with the 28th overall pick. He showed a lot of potential during training camp and the preseason. Cowan has four goals and five assists for nine points in six games for the London Knights. He is on pace for 95 points in 63 games.
Ryan Tverberg – Toronto Marlies
Ryan Tverberg is a decent late-round find for the Leafs. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2020 NHL draft with the 213th overall pick. After being drafted, Tverberg recorded 33 goals and 36 assists for 69 points in 85 games over three seasons with the University of Connecticut in the NCAA.
He has one goal and three assists for four points in five games with the Marlies this season. Tverberg is on pace for 57 points in 72 games.
Fraser Minten – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
The Leafs drafted Fraser Minten in the 2nd round of the 2022 NHL draft with the 38th overall pick. The 19-year-old recorded 31 goals and 36 assists for 67 points in 57 games last season for the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL.
He was impressive enough during training camp and the preseason that the Leafs decided to keep him on the main roster to start the season. Minten has zero points in four games with the Leafs and is being returned to the WHL.
Nick Abruzzese – Toronto Marlies
Nick Abruzzese was drafted in the 4th round of the 2019 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 124th overall pick. The 24-year-old recorded 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points in 69 games last season. He also recorded seven points in seven playoff games for the Marlies.
As he looks to build off last season, Abruzzese has one goal and two assists for three points in five games this season. He is on pace for 43 points in 72 games.