Toronto Maple Leafs: Prospect report at the quarter mark of the season

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 29: Kasperi Kapanen
TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 29: Kasperi Kapanen /
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Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 29: Kasperi Kapanen /

A number of Toronto Maple Leafs prospects made strides in the month of November as the season passes the quarter mark.

As the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to establish their position in the Eastern Conference with the third best record in the league. At the same time, the team had encouraging developments from their prospects this months.

It is no secret that the Leafs prospect pool has improved significantly when they brought in Mark Hunter. While most of the top level draft picks are currently in the NHL, there are some intriguing prospects still making their way to the big club.

In the offseason Jake Middleton ranked the top 10 prospect rankings headlined by Kasperi Kapanen, followed in order by Timothy Liljegren, Jeremy Bracco, Adam Brooks, Carl Grundstrom, Travis Dermott, Andreas Johnsson, Andrew Nielsen, Joseph Woll and Eemeli Rasanen.

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Many of those players mentioned above headline this prospects report, mostly for positive developments. With the World Juniors coming up many of the younger prospects will get their chance to showcase themselves on the bigger stage.

The obvious strength of this group of Leafs prospects is the depth on the wing, and an improving group of defencemen.  Earlier in the season, head coach Mike Babcock was not shy about pointing out the Leafs lack of depth at center.

It is a big reason why the Leafs have had to rely on Tyler Bozak and Dominic Moore rather than turn to a younger player. So far it has not hurt the Leafs in terms of their position in the standings but eventually the team will have to address it going forward.

Now we go to the report on prospects at each level starting with those playing with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.