Toronto Maple Leafs Are In Running For Tyler Bozak, Plus Prospects Updates

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IMarch 30, 2009

Coveted collegiate free agent Tyler Bozak is in Toronto today as we speak.  But let's not get too excited, he is simply there meeting with his agents, as he prepares to make the decision as to which NHL team will be successful in bidding for his services.

Bozak, represented by Don Meehan, will meet this week to discuss his options and they will be plentiful.  There are expected to be at least twenty-five teams who will be interested in signing the 23 year old.  Bozak leads a group of talented college players looking to sign with NHL teams this summer.

The process isn't going to be done in a flash, but Wade Arnott, another representative of Bozak, says he should have a decision by weeks end as to what NHL team(s) he wants to sign with.

The Maple Leafs are believed in the running, and depending on who you talk to, may perhaps be the front runner for the University of Denver star.

Leafs GM Brian Burke has seen Bozak play several times this season.  Of course, with any young player or free agent, the Maple Leafs will be able to sell the promise of ice time, and the chance to be a part of what they feel will be a winning core.

Bozak's Denver team were upset this weekend in playoff action, and therefore his college career is over.

Matt Gilroy, possibly the biggest jewel of the college kids, will help captain his Boston University team to the Frozen Four.

The Frozen Four will be played April 9-11 in Washington at the Verizon Wireless Center.

And while his team will be participating in the Frozen Four, the weekend will be particularly nerve wracking for Maple Leafs prospect Viktor Stalberg.

On Friday April 10th, the winner of the Hobey Baker award, presented to College Hockey's top player, will be awarded.  Stalberg, who was a star this year at Vermont, is one of ten finalists for the award.

For more information about Viktor Stalberg, and to check out some videos of one of Toronto's fastest rising prospects, click HERE.

Brian Burke said recently he plans to sign Stalberg, but will have to wait until his college season ends. 

Another college prospect creating a lot of buzz, Christian Hanson, had his college career end in a heartbreaker Saturday night as his Notre Dame Fighting Irish team were eliminated.  

It is expected that Hanson will begin his search for his new NHL home as early as today.