Top 5 Project Prospects For The Toronto Maple Leafs

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Top 5 Project Prospects For The Toronto Maple Leafs

5. Brent Aubin , RW

Pros

Is a gifted offensive player. He is a smart player, Brent is a clutch player scoring 20 game-winning goals in two seasons. Great playmaker!

Cons

Isn't physical partly due to his size. He can't win many battles along the boards.

Plays Like

Alex Mogilny

Next Season

Has a strong chance to make the Marlies (AHL)

4. Chris DiDomenico , C

Pros

A small frame at 5'11" 165 pounds but is top notch on face offs, has great hockey sense and a solid on the PK.

Cons

Average Skating and needs to add muscle to compete in the NHL.

Plays Like

Matt Stajan and Travis Moen.

Next Season

Will continue to play for the Sea Dogs of the QMJHL.

3. Tyler Ruegsegger , RW

Pros

Very Competitive and can be a constant scoring threat.

Cons

Below average skating needs better agility and balance.

Plays Like

A smaller Joe Thornton

Next Season

Will attend the University of Denver

2. Mikhail Stefanovich , C

Pros

He is an all around offensive power house classified as a Sharpshooter.  An amazing steal at pick No. 98 in the 2008 draft.

Cons

Not a great skater and has lousy work ethic.

Plays Like 

Alexei Kovalev

Next Season

May get a long look at training camp but will most likely be playing for the Marlies (AHL).

1. Nikolai Kulemin , LW

Pros

Has been a project for a few years now and is ready to play for the blue and white. A blur on the ice, a very fast skater, great hands, works both ends of the ice , drives hard to the net with his solid frame.

Nikolai is a great team player. He can handle contact and sometimes looks for it. Kulemin is a high intensity player with a perfect work ethic.

Cons

Not that imaginative of a player but can make some pretty plays.  

Plays Like

Ilya Kovalchuck

Next Season

Should be a Top Six forward on the rebuilding leafs this season.

 

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