Biggs a future fan fav
by Raihan Hussain
Playing a Big Game
During this unsettling off-season, most Toronto Maple Leafs fans are unhappy with the state of their team. Not enough moves were made to win over the confidence of the fans. If there is a season, then it would appear that Leafs Nation deso not have anything significant ...
Playing a Big Game
During this unsettling off-season, most Toronto Maple Leafs fans are unhappy with the state of their team. Not enough moves were made to win over the confidence of the fans. If there is a season, then it would appear that Leafs Nation does not have anything significant to look forward to.
The young Leafs team is looking forward to having prospects break through and make the team, and while it may he may not be ready just yet, fans should be excited about Cincinnati native Tyler Biggs. The 19 year old was drafted by Toronto in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2011 NHL entry draft.
The Maple Leafs signed him to an entry level contract this off-season, which means he can play in the NHL with the big club or the AHL. His rights are owned by the Oshawa Generals of the OHL, which also provides that option as well.
Since the Leafs are looking to add size to the forward group, Biggs’ physique and game-style seem best suited as a prospect option down the road. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Biggs was unquestionably the hardest hitter in his draft year and his approach to the game garnered comparisons to that of Boston fan favourite, Milan Lucic. He has the ability to run over players if he wants to, and has a decent table of talents to round out his frame. Of particular note, and something that isn’t often talked about with Biggs, is his leadership and character.
Jack Barzee, an NHL scout said, “he has that leadership quality, that desire, that passion, that competitiveness,” in an article written by Eric Smith for HockeyBuzz.
This is a player that would fit perfectly into the game plan that head coach Randy Carlyle orchestrates. Carlyle is under contract for the next three years so I’d bet on seeing Biggs in the lineup sooner than later.
The scouts that I have held discussions with regard Biggs as a “fan favourite” type player. This is exactly why Leafs fans should pay extra attention to him over the next few years. Watching him play in the NCAA, he was an exciting player to watch. His big hits were exciting and his smart play down low showed why the Leafs traded up to draft him.
A top 10 prospects list, posted by NHL.com ranks Tyler Biggs third amongst the prospects in the system who have yet to play an NHL game. Perhaps a surprisingly high ranking, Biggs is certainly more than just a banger. He has a scoring touch around the net, and plays in the mold of a power-forward, something the Leafs need.
Providing him with further development is the best option moving forward for the Leafs. That likely consists of allowing him to play the full season with the Generals, or perhaps partly with the Gens and partly with the Marlies to become a solid future second or third line winger in the NHL. The Leafs dealt two solid picks to get Biggs, and thus far his work ethic and desire seem to prove why the deal was made. Hopefully we can see him with the big club and look forward to his exciting and loud play on the ice for years to come.
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