Toronto Maple Leafs‘ 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft (#86 overall) rookie right wing Josh Leivo(14) has put together a fantastic first year, mostly on reassignment with minor league affiliate Toronto Marlies.
In 59 AHL games he posted 23 goals (good enough for 2nd on the team) and 19 assists with a +6 rating.
He was also recalled to the parent club, skating in 7 NHL games with one tally and one helper to his credit.
The 6’2″ 195 lbs. power forward plays an aggressive but smart style, hard and honest without taking unnecessary penalties. His time in the sin bin is minimal.
Through three years of junior hockey in the OHL, he was virtually a point-per-game guy that showed an uptick of performance come playoff time, putting up 28 points in 22 games.
In the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs, the 21-year old is back at it. In 11 games he has 3 goals and 5 assists.
With continued hard work in the off-season, he could easily make a strong bid for a more permanent roster spot with the Leafs.