Prospects Have Stellar Weekend

 

It was another strong weekend for Maple Leafs prospects as the CHL season is in full swing.

There was much interest in how 2011 first round pick Tyler Biggs would perform in his first season in the OHL and so far so good. Biggs had two points on the weekend to give him eight total for the season (five goals, three assists) along with a plus nine rating and 12 penalty minutes. The power forward had his five-game point streak snapped Sunday which saw him pick up eight points over that span. He currently sits fourth in scoring for the Oshawa Generals who are the top team in the OHL.

The best week for Leafs prospects was from Sudbury Wolves forward Josh Leivo who had six goals and a plus five in three games as he was named OHL Player Of The Week. He has seven goals in eight games this season he is second in goals in the OHL.

Leivo helped lead the Wolves to three straight road wins beginning Thursday night in Peterborough where he scored twice including the game-winner as first star of a 4-1 win over the Petes.  The Wolves continued their East Division road swing on Saturday in Kingston against the Frontenacs where Leivo scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period setting up a 3-2 victory.  In the league’s only contest on Sunday the Wolves wrapped up their road trip with a 6-4 win over the Ottawa 67’s with Leivo recording his second career hat-trick netting the game-winner as first star of the win. 

Big Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward David Broll had four assists, a +3 and two penalty minutes as Sault Ste. Marie were 2-1 on the week.

London Knights forward Ryan Ruppert had two assists in two games this weekend. The rugged winger has seven assists this season with a team high 17 penalty minutes.

Stuart Percy had two assists as the Mississauga Steelheads went 1-2-0 in three games over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Steelheads have gotten off to a slow start as they are 3-3-1 in the early going.

It was an up and down weekend for Matt Finn and Garret Sparks of the Guelph Storm. Finn picked up one assist and was a plus two as the Storm recorded two wins in three games. Sparks recorded his first shutout of the season Thursday turning aside all 23 shots in the 5-0 win over Windsor.  He followed that up with a 29 save performance in a 5-4 win over Plymouth. The only loss came in the shootout against Owen Sound Saturday.

Thus far this season, Sparks is 4-2-1 with a 3.10 GAA, .907 SV% and one shutout.

In the Western Hockey Leauge, Morgan Rielly continued his strong play to start the season as he had one goal, two assists, with a minus one rating as the Moose Jaw Warriors were 1-2-0 this past weekend. Rielly currently sits in fifth place amongst WHL defencemen in scoring with seven points in seven games this season.

Here is a full PDF with a stats breakdown of all Leafs prospects playing in the CHL, NCAA, USHL & Europe

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