3 Maple Leafs Prospects Noted As Untouchables

The Toronto Maple Leafs, despite being a very good team for the last number of seasons, have some strong prospects. As they are in line to make the playoffs again and will be looking to add, teams will be asking about the availability of some of those top prospects of theirs.

Jonas Siegel of The Athletic notes three of the Maple Leafs prospects as untouchable - Easton Cowan, Fraser Minten, and Dennis Hildeby. Be brings up Matthews Knies as someone teams will be asking about and doesn't list him as an untouchable, but also states it's likely he won't be dealt.

Cowan and Minten are currently playing for Team Canada at the World Juniors and are both teenagers, while Hildeby is in the AHL and playing very well. Cowan impressed in training camp as an 18-year-old, but was sent back to the OHL to play this season. He has 12 goals and 39 points in 23 games.

Minten is team captain for Canada and he too had a strong training camp, actually making the team and getting to play his first four games in the NHL. He is in the WHL and has already been traded this season. His offensive numbers aren't as impressive, but he still has five goals and 15 points in 13 games while scoring a goal and an assist in two games for Canada.

Joseph Woll was the last young goalie to come through the system for the Maple Leafs, and now he's on the team. Next up is Hildeby. After playing very well overseas in the SHL last season, he has come to join the Toronto Marlies and is sporting a .920 SV% this season. If the Maple Leafs need another goalie to be called up, I would bet it's him.

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