Toronto Maple Leafs: Reviewing each top prospects season

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Robertson. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)
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Egor Korshkov #96 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Egor Korshkov

For years, people were wondering when Korshkov would make his way over to North America then he finally decided to join the Marlies in the playoffs.

Unlike most of the Leafs forward prospects in the system, Korshkov boasts a lot of size, tenacity and has a scoring touch to compliment his physical tools. He is the type of player that provides a different element the Leafs could use and it’s tough to say where he projects next season.

"“Korshkov’s going to wear you out, he’s going to drive the net, he’s going to push the [other team’s] defencemen. He’ll make life uncomfortable for you when he skates down the wall and he’s in the corner,” TSN’s Director of Scouting Craig Button said about the Russian forward. “The way Korshkov skates, the way he works, he attacks, and he goes to the net. He’s not interested in staying outside.”"

Korshkov made his NHL debut almost as a necessity when the Leafs were looking for forwards to fill in some gaps on a back-to-back. Well, the 23-year-old made the most of it scoring his first NHL goal along with 16 goals in 44 games with the Marlies.

The second-round pick from the 2016 NHL Draft will look to battle for a spot in training camp but is also going to have a tough time getting a lot of ice-time especially if Kyle Clifford re-signs. At the same time, he should be given every chance considering the team might have to make some moves upfront depending on their salary cap situation.