2019 Leafs Prospects Rankings – The Maybes: Adam Brooks

POSITION: C/LW
PHYSICAL: 5’10” / 178 cm, 181lbs 82 kg
AGE: 23
2018 TLN PROSPECT RANKING: #12
DRAFT INFO: 2016 4TH ROUND, 92ND OVERALL
Adam Brooks has been an interesting prospect in the Leafs’ ranks. He’s never really gotten a ton of hype, even back when he was absolutely destroying the WHL with 120 and 130 point seasons. The reason is that those dominant seasons didn’t start happening until he was past the normal draft age of 18 years old.
When Brooks finally was drafted at 19 years old, he represented a new approach by the Leafs scouting staff of intentionally taking over-age players. Brooks, along with Egor Korshkov (signed ELC with Toronto in 2019), Jack Walker (AHL deal with Minnesota Wild in 2017), and Vladmir Bobylev (rights owned by Toronto, signed by KHL Spartak Moskva 2016, traded to Salavat Yulaev 2017, plays for VHL Toros Neftekamsk). This approach hasn’t had an impact yet, as none of these players have made an impact on the Leafs, and Walker and Bobylev never will. However, I believe it still stands that Brooks was an excellent selection in that draft, even if there was a bit of seasoning required.
Development with Toronto
Since being drafted by the Leafs, Brooks has been working his way up …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

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