There’s something to be said for looking at players outside the NHL without factoring in how ready they are to play in the NHL. We’ve looked at some really exciting prospects on this list, and Korshkov, Abramov, Woll, etc. all have potentially bright futures for the Leafs. On the other hand, there is Pontus Aberg who absolutely capable of playing in the NHL now, and that gives him the edge over some of the question marks. Factor in that Aberg is a decent player when he’s up with the Leafs, and he slots in fairly high here.
One of the other catches with this list is that we’re doing this before free agency and when the AHL season has been cancelled. As an arbitration eligible restricted free agent, there is a good chance Pontus Aberg won’t be qualified and his time with the organization is essentially already over. That’s not to say the Leafs should walk away from Aberg. Pontus was second on the Marlies in goals and points. He’s played five games for the Leafs in injury relief. He’s a veteran presence on …
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation