Toronto Maple Leafs: Five prospects to watch with the Toronto Marlies

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Martins Dzierkals

At development camp back in July, Dzierkals said that his main goal will be to make the Marlies because he did not want to go back to do another year in juniors. For his development, the Leafs probably feel the same which is why it was not surprising to see them sign him to his entry-level contract. He will see some tough competition at right wing with the team which is always good for a prospect to have some obstacles to overcome.

In his final season with Rouyn-Noranda, the 20-year old had 49 points in 47 games dealing with injuries during the year. The Huskies were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round and now the Latvian is focused on taking the next step in his development. It will likely be on the third line to start depending on how he performs at the start. If he struggles, it would not be surprising to see him spend some time in the ECHL to get some consistent playing time.

He is not the biggest player but is not afraid to absorb contact go to the front of the net. He is a decent skater with good evasiveness. He will need to learn to get the puck off quicker especially when he is carrying it in the offensive zone but he will realize that when he plays some preseason games with the Leafs.