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Toronto Maple Leafs' Prospect Profile: Leo Komarov

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 2:  Leo Komarov #16 of Team Finland skates against Team Sweden during their World Junior Hockey Championships quarterfinal game at General Motors Place on January 2, 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  Team Finland defeated team Sweden 1-0 to advance to the semifinal round. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
Jack PorterCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2009

Leo Komarov is maybe the perfect player to play in GM Brian Burke's system.

He is small at 5'10" but plays like he's 6'6". Leo is a pest; plain and simple, but he's not a liability defensively or offensively on the ice. He's virtually unknown among the Leaf faithful, but when he does come to North America he's bound to be a fan favourite.

He's sometimes refereed to as a dirty player but he certainly knows how to hit. He was drafted in 2006 but don't expect him to come to the Leafs until he learns to control himself on the ice.

What Komarov Brings The Leafs

Leo gives the Leafs a third line forward who can draw penalties and pound other teams stars. He also likes to crash the net and his nice shot can help him put up goals when doing so. He's not going to score 50 goals but he'll be able to chip in 10-15 goals as a third line winger, plus he'll give the Leafs powerplay opportunities to score every night with the amount of penalties he draws.

Komarov Plays Like

Sean Avery, Cal Clutterbuck and Patrick Kaleta.

Komarov Next Year

He'll likely get an invite to camp because of the type of game Burke is trying to play. He could make the Marlies, and at 22 a season or two in the minors could have him ready to be a good third line winger for the Leafs.     

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