Saturday, July 9, 2011

New draft picks - what to expect

Hockey's Future, where I find most of my information on prospects, doesn't have much information about the players the Leafs drafted this year, delaying any post on that front - BUT that doesn't mean I can't look elsewhere.

Sources: hdb (, hf (

Tyler Biggs (RW)
Born April 30, 1993 (93?!) in Cincinnati, OH (he's going to college at Miami, OH)
Height 6'02" - - 200 lbs (according to Hockeydb) 210 lbs. (by Hockey's Future)
Selected 22nd overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?
Notes: Leafs traded up to get him, giving the 30th and 29th picks to Anaheim for the pick. Anaheim drafted RW Rickard Raekell (6', 199 lbs OHLer ) and John Gibson (Swedish goalie 6'3" 206 lbs from the USHL).

Ontario Junior Hockey League career (2008): 3 gms, 2 pim (Hdb)
Biggs played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, playing in 72 games for that team. He scored 40 goals and added 46 assists for 86 points. Biggs was chosen in the second round of the 2009 OHL Priority selection by the Oshawa Generals (HF)
2009-10 U.S. National Development Team, USHL: 24 gp, 6 g, 5 a, 11 pts 54 pim (HDB)
Played in 24 games for the U.S. NTDP squad that competed in the USHL, scoring 6 goals and adding 5 assists for 11 points. Played 40 games for the US. National U-17 team where he netted 15 goals and added 8 assists for 23 points, and also suited up for the U-18 squad for 13 games, picking up 1 goal and 1 assist for that team. Played for the gold medalist U.S. team at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, scoring 5 goals and chipping in 1 assist for 6 points in 6 games. Also represented the U.S. at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, where he was scoreless in 7 games. (HF)
2010-11 U.S. National Development Team, USHL: 20 gp, 7 g, 4 a, 11 pts, 41 pim (HDB)
Playing for the U.S. squad at the 2011 U-18 WJC in Germany. Will play for Miami University starting in the fall of 2011 (HF).
Stuart Percy (D)
Born May 18, 1993 in Oakville, ON
Height 6'01" - - 175 lbs (HDB) but 186 lbs (by HF)
Selected 25th overall in 2011.
Selected 15th overall in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by Mississauga
Prospect Grade: __?

2008-09 (HF) Toronto Marlboros in the GTHL
2008-09: Percy played for the Toronto Marlboros in the GTHL. He was chosen in the first round, 15th overall, of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors. (HF)
2009-10 Mississauga St. Mike's Majors (OHL) 52 gp, 3 g, 15 a, 18 pts, 40 pim (HDB)
Percy registered 1 assist in 16 playoff games. Percy played for Team Ontario at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, picking up 3 assists in 6 games for the silver medal squad. (HF)
2010-11 Mississauga St. Mike's Majors (OHL) 64 gp, 4 g, 29 a, 33 pts, 50 pim (HDB)
In 20 playoff games, he scored 2 goals and added 10 assists for 12 points. Percy registered 4 assists in 5 Memorial Cup Tournament games for the Majors. Percy played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. (HF)
Josh Leivo (LW)

Born May 26, 1993 in Innisfil, ON
Height 6'02" - - 180 lbs (HDB) but 188 lbs (by
Selected 86th overall in 2011.
Selected 11th round (yikes) in the 2009 OHL Priority Selection by Sudbury
Prospect Grade: __?

2009-10? Barrie Minor Midgets, 30 goals (

2010-11 Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 64 gp, 13 g, 17 a, 30 pts, 37 pim
Anyone who wasn't sleeping during the second half of the 2010-11 OHL season knows Sudbury Wolves forward Josh Leivo has become a sleeper for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.

[H]is coming-out party was during the post-season, when, playing on the first line with centre Michael Sgarbossa and right-winger Andrey Kuchin, he scored six goals and assisted on seven others, (helping) the Pack upset the favoured Ottawa 67's in the first round.

Leivo wasn't listed by NHL Central Scouting on its final rankings, released in April, but it's clear the 6-foot-2, 188- pound forward is on the radar of several big-league clubs ahead of the seven-round draft, which runs today and Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. (
Tom Nilsson (D)

Born in Sweden
Height 6', 176 lbs.
Selected 100th overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?

2010-11 Mora J20 squad, 37 gp, 2 g, 6 a, 8 pts

Swedish defenceman Tom Nilsson saw his stock rise dramatically in the second half of the 2010-2011 season. Playing primarily for Mora’s J20 team in Sweden, Nilsson saw some time with both Mora’s J18 team and their Mens’ team.

Nilsson represented Sweden at this year’s IIHF U-18 tournament, winning a silver medal for his efforts (
Tony Cameranesi (C)

Born August 12, 1993 in Maple Grove, Minnesota
Height 5'09", 162 lbs.
Selected 130th overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?

Minnesota High School League 25 gp, 15 g, 54 pts.

Minnesota-native Tony Cameranesi is known specifically for one facet of his game: his skating, (possessing) explosive speed and solid offensive instincts.

Playing for Wayzata (added) nine ... points in three playoff games. Cameranesi has committed to the University of Minnesota Duluth, but will play this upcoming season for Waterloo of the USHL before making the jump to college. (
David Broll (LW)

Born January 4, 1993 in Mississauga, ON
Height 6'01", 220 lbs. (HDB) but 225 lbs (by
Selected 152nd overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?
Notes: Broll is said to be best friends with former Otters teammate, and another Leafs prospect, Greg McKegg (

2009-10 Erie Otters (OHL) 64 gp, 9 g, 9 a, 18 pts, 42 pim

2010-11 Sault St. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 65 gp, 13 g, 21 a, 34 pts
No one will ever wonder why David Broll is often referred to as “the Brolldozer.” The 6’1, 225lb winger plays a physical game, and likely feels right at home when he is banging bodies in the corners.

Broll was sent along with a handfull of draft picks to the Soo in exchange for the Greyhounds’ leading scorer Brett Thompson at the OHL’s Trade Deadline.
Dennis Robertson (D)

Born May 24, 1991 in Fort St. John, BC
Height 6', 195 lbs. (HDB) but 225 lbs (by
Selected 173rd overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?
Notes: A ’91-born, Dennis Robertson just finished his freshman year with the Brown Bears of the ECAC (NCAA Division I) (

2008-09 Langley Chiefs (BCHL) 55 gp, 1 g, 11 a, 12 pts, 65 pim

2009-10 Langley Chiefs (BCHL) 53 gp, 9 g, 25 a, 34 pts, 83 pim

2010-11 Brown University (ECAC) 30 gp, 6 g, 11 a, 17 pts, 48 pim
While he just turned 20, Robertson will most likely continue developing his game at Brown before making any jump to professional hockey.

Garret Sparks (G)

Born June 28, 1993 in Elmhurst, IL
Height 6'02", 204 lbs. (HDB)
Selected 190th overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?
Notes: In response to being drafted, Sparks tweeted “Dear Maple Leafs, Thanks for turning my mom into a crying mess. And waking me up from my nap. But seriously, I don’t mind. #bestdayever.” After the Leafs drafted him, Sparks’ Twitter account (@GSparks40) exploded from less than 100 followers to over 1,000 in a matter of hours (

2010-11 Guelph Storm (OHL) 19 gp, 59 ga, 3.64 gaa, 8 w, 6 l, 1 t, .890 sp
Garret Sparks started the season battling for Guelph’s backup goaltending position with Matej Machovsky behind veteran starter Brandon Foote. Sparks became Guelph’s goaltender of the future when Machovsky was traded to Brampton in December.

Next season, expect Sparks to inherit the No. 1 goaltender’s job in Guelph.
Max Everson (D)

Born February 22, 1993 in Edina, Minnesota
Height 6'01", 184 lbs. (HDB) but 190 lbs (by
Selected 203rd overall in 2011.
Prospect Grade: __?
Notes: was the captain of his hockey team in Edina. Committed to Harvard University to play for the Crimson.

2010-11 US National Development Team USHL 5 gp, 1 g, 1 a, 2 pts, 2 pim

2010-11 22 gp, 21 pts,
Max Everson lead all Edina defencemen in scoring this season, coming in just shy of a point-per-game pace with 21 points in 22 games. Everson plays a positionally sound and effective game.

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