While the Leafs sit near the top of the eastern concerfence they still have some great assets coming up through the system. The leafs have sent 4 players to the world juniors this year.
1. Owen Tippett- this kid will be an elite scorer at the nhl level and very soon. He had a few nhl games this year in Florida and played well but Florida did not want to burn a year off his entry level deal. Tippett is destroying the OHL again this year and will be on Canada’s first and most dominat line. Untouchable.
2. Pavel Shen - A Bruins prospect Who is playing in the khl has been dominat in the first three games of the world juniors scoring in each contest. A shift player with high end offense could be a gem in time
3. Santeri Virtanen - A Winnipeg prospect representing team Finland has been playing in the SHL and playing well. Smart all around player with a bright future
4. Shane Bowers - another Canada represenative who is a first rounder and player at Boston U. He’s one of the most fit athletes in the game and his work ethic alone will drive him to succeed.
Leaf management are thrilled with the teams current position and even more pleased with the pipe line of players coming through the system. It would appear the buds are one of most balanced teams in terms of present and future with higher end players all while holding a decent cap set up now and in the future.