Leafs and prospects so far

Sorry for my lack of writing so far, hopefully I’l have the time now.

 

Leafs

   The leafs have been an interesting and inconsistent team so far, After a horrible first 10 games of which they went 1 and 9 they’ve started playing better going 6-7 and being pretty competitive, this is no doubt the product of Babcock. Unfortunately this play hasn’t helped in the standings as they’re last in their division and 3rd last in the league, granted the expectations weren’t very high going into the year. I wouldn’t expect them to climb out of the bottom 10 either because at the deadline most of the 1 year players will most likely be flipped for picks. However a shining star has been the performance of James Reimer, he’s 7-3-4 with a 2.07 GAA ( 9th in the league ) and a .934 Save Percentage ( 4th in the league ) unfortunately he’s suffered an injury and will be out for a little bit.

 Prospects

   The leafs AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies have had a terrific start to their season they’re 2nd in the league and first in their division while boasting a 15-5-1 record through 21 games. Another source of hope is the offensive output of top prospect William Nylander, the 19 year old Swedish forward is first in the league in points and t-4th in goals with 24 points in 19 games ( 10g 14a ). Other Marlies have done decent too, after a slow start Leispic has 4g, 9a for 13 points, Hyman has 2g and 7a for 9 points, Kapanen has 7 points and Gauthier also has 7. Unfortunately Brown suffered and ankle injury 8 games in, he will be out until Christmas at the earliest.

 CHL

    Meanwhile in the CHL various prospects have been playing hard, Marner has been exceptional putting up 15 goals and 32 assists for 47 points which puts him in 4th for points while playing fewer games then all 3 ahead of him, Dermott has 24 points in 26 games, Timashov has also been torching his junior league with 45 points. Also Jeremy Bracco committed to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ohl earlier this year joining an already great team, he has 16 points in 13 games. Also it’s that time of year, World Juniors time! Marner is a shoe-in for Canada and  Dermott has a strong possibility of making it. Bracco could also make USA’s team. Kapanen and Nylander could play for their respective countries if the leafs chose to release them.

 

Draft

  An interesting storyline to follow going into the draft this year will be Alexander Nylander the younger brother of William Nylander. Right now he plays for the Ohl team the Mississauga Steelheads. He’s draft eligible this year and is a projected to be drafted around 20th which is around where the Pittsburgh Penguins pick (which the leafs acquired in the Kessel trade) will land. Maybe William and Alexander could be the new Henrick and Daniel Sedin’s? Alexander is having a decent season with the Steelheads he’s put up 39 points in 28 games in his first season in the Ohl.

Thanks for reading hopefully more soon!

All stats as of November 29th 2015

 

 

Update on the Devils

After the second month of the season, the New Jersey Devils are still doing well. They are currently considered to be an “early season surprise” by many experts, due to their expectations as bottom-feeders at the beginning of the season. But, as of November 29th, are 12-9-2 and a point out of the second wild card spot. In November alone, the Devils posted an okay 6-5-1 record. The Devils’ goalie, Cory Schneider, has been absolutely lights out so far this season, and could soon be receiving Vezina considerations. Schneider, a former Vancouver Canuck, has so far put up 11 wins in 19 games, and has a 2.03 GAA, .928 save percentage and a shutout in the young season. New Jersey has received huge offensive contributions from 5 players, and then it’s more or less a drop-off afterwards. The team leader in points in Mike Cammalleri, who is among the league leaders in points and assists with 7 goals and 16 assists. Adam Henrique is having a career season so far with 11 goals and 8 assists so far. Lee Stempniak and Kyle Palmieri have adjusted well to their new teams so far. Stempniak has 18 points while Palmieri has 17. Travis Zajac, of whom many considered to be the NHL’s worst contract, is proving the critics wrong by putting up a solid 14 points thus far. Damon Severson has been New Jersey’s best offensive defenseman, putting up 7 assists so far. Overall, I think that the Devils have a good chance at making the playoffs, given their early success. The month of December will determine whether or not they’re the real deal, or whether or not they’re going to crash, burn and end up missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season.