I honestly don't give a hoot about how the Leafs are ranked on anyone's list. But Pronman is pretty up front about Matthews giving them a huge boost over his previous ranking (which I think he had them at 20 something).Matthews definitely brings the ranking up, but there is only one NHLer on that list. The rest are prospects. They have a solid prospect group that is only going to get better with a crazy amount of picks this year, including the highest one Dubas has had to work with as GM.
Yet he's in the NHL and would've been in the NHLer earlier if he was Leaf property before last year. Because he's good at hockey. Unlike most 23-24 year olds who still haven't cracked an NHL roster.Mikheyev was 25 last October.
At this time last year, Mikheyev was in the pipeline but worthless according to you.Yet he's in the NHL and would've been in the NHLer earlier if he was Leaf property before last year. Because he's good at hockey. Unlike most 23-24 year olds who still haven't cracked an NHL roster.
I don't know who you are arguing with. The only person who said this bare thing around here was Pep, iirc.The point is, the leafs are stacked with young players. Unfortunately they just happen to be good enough to make the NHL so people think their "cupboards" are "bare." It's called having elite young talent instead of mediocre young talent. I'm honestly really glad they don't rank highly on the "prospect" rankings that don't include Lilly, Sandin, Matthews, Marner and Robertson because they already "made it."
I really like the way the Leafs are managing the pipeline. They're grabbing a lot of potentially overlooked/late blooming long shots and playing them in the AHL or ECHL. It provides quality for their minor teams and maybe the odd nice find, like Trevor Moore.