The Toronto Maple Leafs have TONS of offensive depth in their system, especially on the wings. I struggled to find very many dedicated centres to write an article on. I’m sure I missed some players that “play” centre, but here are the Toronto Maple Leafs top centre prospects in their system in no specific order.

Adam Brooks

Brooks somehow snuck to the 4th round in last years draft even with a 120 point season under his belt. He has not shown signs of slowing down one bit. In 17 GP Brooks has 38 points and is a +20. My goodness this kid is just amazing once again. I cant wait to see him join the Marlies next season and see how his game progresses at the next level. Hopefully with Matthews and crew taking all the spotlight, it gives Brooks time to grow.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=120202

 

Dakota Joshua

Joshua was drafted in the 5th round of the NHL draft and is an average to bigger centre man at 6’3″ 190 lbs. Currently playing NCAA hockey with Ohio state, Joshua is a point per game player with 13 points in 13 GP.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=194948

Dominic Toninato

Another 5th round pick by the Maple Leafs, Toninato is in his 4th year playing NCAA hockey with Minnesota-Duluth. Not sure where he fits in the Leafs organization as of yet, he had big seasons in USHL but has yet to dominate the NCAA. He has 10 points in 14 GP and is a +10.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=122004

Frédérik Gauthier 

The GOAT is a 6’5″ 240 bs defensive centre man most teams would love to have. He was a point per game player in Junior hockey, and now is starting to come into his own on the Marlies. Projected to be a 4th line, MAYBE a 3rd liner once day. Gauthier is a big body, hard hitting and hard working player that will eat up PK time in a season or two. Only 4 points in 14 GP but he is a +6 player which for a defensive forward is good. I’d like to see the Leafs make some roster moves and bring him up to centre the Leafs 4th line with Matt Martin.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=128500

 

Stay tuned for the Leafs top Wingers, Defenseman and Goalies. I’ll try to keep it to top 5 in each category, If you see I missed someone let me know so I can add him to the next update! @TMLHockeytlk

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