Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Top Prospects That Could Soon See Action

Sep 24, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Alex Steeves (46) celebrates scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Alex Steeves (46) celebrates scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Steeves (46)  . Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alex Steeves (46)  . Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 Top Prospects That Could Soon See Action

Forward Alex Steeves

Alex Steeves was signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs as an unrestricted free agent back in March of 2021 after spending three years in college with Notre Dame.

Despite putting together solid seasons in the AHL with the Toronto Marlies the past two years with 46 and 51-point seasons, Steeves has failed to catch on with the big club as of yet. Over the same time interval, he has made only cameo appearances up until now.

In six career NHL games with the Leafs, Steeves has registered just one assist with five shots on goal while averaging just a little under eight minutes of ice time per game.

However, he appears to be doing everything he can this season with the Marlies to vouch for his promotion to the big league team with his strong play to date. In 16 games, Steeves has led the team with 11 goals and 9 assists for 20 points, scoring at greater than a point-a-game pace in helping the Marlies keep pace with their competitors in battling for a playoff spot.

Steeves was already called up once earlier this season, but never ended up dressing for a game before being sent back down again.

Having filled out his frame and upgraded his defensive play while developing with the Marlies the past few seasons, Steeves is still looking for that distinct opportunity to finally move up a level and permanently stick with the Leafs for the long run.

He would be an ideal bottom-six forward for the Leafs that could play either at center or on the wing, while providing both strong defensive two-way play, together with chipping in with some offensive output at the same time.