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Coming in at #5: Brendan Leipsic
Feb 19st 2017
Originally drafted 89th overall by the Nashville Predators in 2012 and acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of a return for Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli that also saw Oli Jokinen (remember that!) and a 1st round pick come back our way he has enjoyed a lot of success early In his career.
Playing 4 years with the Portland Winterhawks through 2010-2014 the 5'9 170lb Left Winger dressed in 261 WHL games tallying 132G 170A for 302PTS before joining Nashville's farm team the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL where in his rookie season he put up 35 points in 47 games.
Since joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization Leipsic has dressed in 132 games for the Marlies where he has recorded 114PTS, an extremely impressive production rate in the rough and tumble American Hockey League and 38 points in 34 games this year which has him 11th in the league and at one point led the AHL.
Often criticized for his size (who isn't) Brendan has always held his own physically including being the instigator on most occasions. Similar to a Brad Marchand style of game, picking up 111PIM in his AHL career thus far and 346PIM in the WHL, his presence is felt.
Brendan has even seen 6 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being injured due to an illegal hit and Leipsic put up 3 points through those 6 NHL games.
Projection: this is a tough one, with the likes of Martin, Komarov, Soshnikov in the NHL and Rychel alongside Leipsic in the AHL there really isn't much room for a Brendan Leipsic style player.
PREDICTION - Trade Bait. Hope we don't regret it.
Ryan Gray-Wheeler and our friends at @LeafsProspectTracker have compiled the Top 7 offensive prospects with-in the Maple Leafs organization MASTER LIST
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