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Toronto Top Prospects March 2015

The rebuild has begun in Leafs Nation. It’s no longer a question of if the team will be fully rebuilding as opposed to the time frame for it to be completed. In this edition of Toronto Top Prospects we see a bevy of new faces donning the Blue & White. There’s no doubting that the future is bright for Toronto. This months standings are as follows.

Toronto Top Prospects:

1).  Teuvo Teravainen (AHL: 39-6-19-25):

An electric player garnering many comparison to the Blackhawks Patrick Kane. Swift footed with supreme offensive talent, Teravainen has shown glimpses in his short call-up of his true talents. GM Bowman has stated they will control and insulate him so he progresses at an appropriate place. However, I have a feeling TT will make it difficult for them to justify sending him down next season.

2).  John Gibson (15-9-4-2.41-.924):

A large and athletic goalie had a great 2013/14 AHL season but wasn’t stellar during his call-ups. 2014/15 has been a different story. Battling for the starting position Gibson has found his game again and is currently putting up very respectable numbers for a young tender in the NHL. He is still arguably the best goaltending prospect in hockey and will continue to make Anaheim’s starting tender decisions harder.

3).  Derick Pouliot (25-2-3-5):

Pouliot is doing nothing but living up to the hype of being drafted 8th overall in 2012. An offensively dominate defender in the WHL Pouliot has worked tremendously hard in his first pro season of hockey to hone his all-around game. He was almost a point-per-game player in the AHL this season, however his stint there was short lived. Pouliot was called up to the pens and has, for lack of a better term, made the team. His offensive production hasn’t fully developed yet at the NHL level but the fact that he’s defensively reliable means he’ll get solid minutes which will eventually translate to points.

4).  Curtis Lazar (49-3-6-9):

“Leadership, heart and soul, scoring, gritty, do anything for the team attitude.” Sound like something you’d like to see from your eventual captain? I thought so. Lazar has had a curious first pro season, too good to be sent back to junior and ineligible to go to the minors he has stuck with the Senators for the majority of the season. While his offense has some people worried, they are all wrong. Lazar is learning a pivotal part of the pro-game — defense and grittiness. Lazar’s production will start to show itself as early as next year where you won’t see him spending his time toiling on the fourth line.

5).  Teemu Pulkkinen (AHL: 46-34-27-61)

Question: Who was shorter than six feet, drafted late in 1984 and turned out to have one of the best shots and goal scoring abilities in the NHL? It’s the same hall of famer that Pulks is constantly being compared too. Brett Hull knew how to find the open areas and had a devastating shot. Pulkkinen is starting to show signs that the Wings drafted a gem of a goal scorer. However, Pulks isn’t the next coming of Dany Heatley. He knows how to skate and backcheck, play a sound defensive game as is being evidence by Babcock trusting him in their lineup. Pulks is a supreme offensive talent that is focused on always putting the puck in the net. In fact, he’s lit the lamp 34 times in 46 games in the AHL this season. He’s having an impact in the NHL as well, scoring a few timely goals like last nights game winner.


Other Notables:

6).  Kevin Hayes (61-12-17-29)

7).  Nick Paul (OHL: 53-34-28-62)

8)  Marko Dano (19-4-3-7)

9). Alex Tuch (H-East: 33-14-14-28)

10). Brandon Montour (H-East: 21-3-17-20)

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