As we continue to countdown the Leafs prospects, and get to the players that we are increasingly optimistic about, it’s important we ask ourselves, how good are these players relative to the league and not just to other Leafs prospects?
Take yesterday’s prospect, Nick Abruzzese. We’re all pretty excited about him. I mean he was ranked 8th so we must like him a fair bit, he had a strong first year at Harvard, he compares favourably to other NCAA prospects (although the Ivy League teams rarely face the same level of competition), and despite missing last season to an injury and COVID cancelling the season, he was recently named captain, and he shows a lot of promise. Abruzzese is a Chicago Steel product, and Ryan Hardy knows him well. They use a development program created by Leafs player development guru Darryl Belfry and that should help him too, all of this sounds good, but in reality this is us just really knowing our prospects, liking them, but not playing Abruzzese relative to his prospect peers.
The reality is that Abruzzese is still a longshot. He’ll probably get a contract from the Leafs, he’s a great …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation