HockeyBuzz.com – Mike Augello – Top 40 Prospects

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The Toronto Maple Leafs organization has drafted and developed a number of youngsters currently playing in the NHL like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Pierre Engvall, Travis Dermott and Justin Holl, but the next step for the club under the CEO Kyle Dubas’s direction is to continue to replenish the prospect pool to provide the Leafs with young people who can step up and replace veterans who retire, leave through free agency, or are traded.

As we did last year, we’ll be ranking the club’s top prospects over the next few weeks based on their progress in the NCAA, CHL, Europe, ECHL or AHL and their potential to make. part of the Leafs roster and to make a contribution going forward.

Players are eligible for the list if they have not played more than 40 NHL games:

# 40 – Jeremy McKenna – AD (Wichita – ECHL, Toronto – AHL)
# 39 – Ryan Tverberg – C (Connecticut – NCAA)
# 38 – Ryan O’Connell – D (Ohio State – NCAA)
# 37 – Semyon Kizimov – AD (Lada Togliatti – VHL / Torpedo – KHL)
# 36 – Wyatt Schingoethe – C (Waterloo – USHL)
# 35 – Kalle Loponen – D (Karpat – Finland SM-Liiga)
# 34 – Vladislav Kara – AG (Cherepovets Severstal / Spartak Moscow – KHL)
# 33 – Kirill Semyonov – C (Avangard Omsk – KHL)
# 32 – William Villeneuve – D (Saint John – QMJHL, Toronto – LAH)
# 31 – Ty Voit – AG (Sarnia – OHL)
# 30 – Joe Miller – C (Chicago – USHL)
# 29 – Brennan Menell – D (Minsk Dynamo – KHL)
# 28 – John Fusco – D (Harvard – NCAA)
# 27 – Axel Rindell – D (Jukurit – Finland SM-Liiga)
# 26 – Noel Hoefenmayer – D (Toronto – AHL)
# 25 – Alex Steeves – C (Notre Dame – NCAA)
# 24 – Teemu Kivihalme – D (Toronto – AHL)
# 23 – Kristians Rubins – D (Toronto – AHL / Frederikshavn – Denmark)
# 22 – Ian Scott – G (Toronto – AHL)
# 21 – Veeti Miettinen – RW (St. Cloud St. – NCAA)
# 20 – Artur Akhtyamov – G (Ak Bars Kazan – MHL / VHL / KHL)
# 19 – Filip Kral – D (Kometa Brno – Czech, Toronto – AHL)
# 18 – Joseph Duszak – D (Toronto – LAH)
# 17 – Mac Hollowell – D (Toronto – AHL / TuTo Turku – Finland Mestis)
# 16 – Semyon Der-Argushintsev – C (Torpedo – KHL, Toronto – AHL)
# 15 – Pavel Gogolev – AG (Vasby IK – Swe-1, Toronto – AHL)
# 14 – Pontus Holmberg – AG (Vaxjo HC – SHL)
# 13 – Mikko Kokkonen – D (Jukurit Mikkeli – Finland SM-Liiga, Toronto – AHL)
# 12 – Joseph Woll – G (Toronto – AHL)
# 11 – Dmitry Ovchinnikov – F (Sibir Novosibirsk – MHL / KHL)
# 10 – Mikhail Abramov – C (Victoriaville – QMJHL)
# 9 – Adam Brooks – C (Toronto – AHL / NHL) (claimed by Montreal)
# 8 – Roni Hirvonen – C (Assat Pori – Finland SM-Liiga)
# 7 – Timothy Liljegren – D (Toronto – AHL / NHL)

# 6 – Matthew Knies – AG (Tri-City – USHL)

The Toronto Maple Leafs had just three picks in the 2021 NHL Draft after distributing their first and fourth in Columbus for Nick Foligno, and a third in Calgary for goaltender David Rittich. With their first pick in 57th place, the Leafs selected great winger Matthew Knies.

The 6’3 ”, 205 lb winger was born in Arizona and played most of his young hockey players in the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes chain before two seasons in the USHL with Tri-City. Knies posted two consecutive seasons of over 40 points with the Storm.

Elite Prospects says Knies “establishes that body positioning determines its value in all dimensions of the game. He tries to be first on every puck at all costs, putting his leg in front of his opponent’s, then crossing his body with his hips to seal the defender. “

The Hockey Prospect Black Book gave the Phoenix, AZ native an A rating and placed 13th overall on their 2021 draft prospect list, calling the 6’3 “, 210 lb” winger a dynamic attacker with one of the most comprehensive toolkits. any player eligible for the draft presented in this class.

The 19-year-old made an impressive performance at the World Junior Summer Showcase in August with seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in six games and according to US coach Nate Leaman was one of the surprises of a tournament. This could have some influence on his chances of making the roster for the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championships in Alberta in December.

Knies moved from the USHL to the NCAA this fall and has managed the transition well so far, scoring four goals in 10 games at the University of Minnesota.

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The Leafs start a three-game four-night streak against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. Toronto saw its five-game winning streak interrupted Monday by the LA Kings and will have Jack Campbell in goal for his fifth straight start.

Head coach Sheldon Keefe said center John Tavares and winger Ondrej Kase were game-time decisions after being knocked out on Monday, and recent callbacks Kirill Seymonov and Joey Anderson will take up training before -match.

Travis Dermott will be in good health after losing -3 on Monday and Justin Holl will return after spending the last five games.

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