Toronto Maple Leafs: Western Prospects Report


The Maple Leafs currently have two prospects playing in the Western Hockey League (WHL). They are Riley Stotts and Filip Král. I take a look at how both 2018 draft picks are doing so far this season.

Riley Stotts

Stotts was drafted in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2018 National Hockey League (NHL) draft. This is his fourth season in the WHL and third playing for the Calgary Hitmen. So far this season Stotts has collected 13 points in 12 games. With six goals already this season, Stotts is on pace to beat his best goals total of 19, which he set last season.

Stotts is at his best when he has the puck. The 6 foot centerman is a fantastic skater with the ability to create space for himself. He is able to use his playmaking skills and vision to create plays through traffic. Stotts has a very accurate shot and also shows great patience while waiting to make a play. Although officially still unsigned, if his production continues to go up it’ll only be a matter of time.

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Riley Stotts
3rd Round Pick (83rd Overall)
2018 NHL Draft

Filip Král

Král was drafted in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2018 NHL draft. The left shooting defenseman is the only Maple Leafs prospect born in the Czech Republic. Král is in his third season with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL and is looking to have a breakout this season. After 35 points in 54 games in 2017-18 and 36 points in 47 games last season, he’ll be looking to crack the 40 point total.

What stands out the most about Král is his skating ability. He skates very well with and without the puck. He also shows great patience with the puck and is able to out wait the opposing team’s defenders or goaltender. The one thing Král really needs to work on is his shooting. He has a great shot, but doesn’t use it often enough. Hopefully this season he can get more time on the power play and more opportunities to shoot.

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Filip Král
5th Round Pick (149th Overall)
2018 NHL Draft


Being that both players are currently unsigned, their futures with the Maple Leafs is uncertain. What is certain is that both are developing nicely into good players. Time will tell if they can reach that next step and prove to the Maple Leafs that picking them was not a mistake.

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