Toronto Maple Leafs: Jerry D’Amigo in Right Place with Marlies

September 27th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
As is the case every preseason, Toronto Maple Leaf fans tend to overvalue many of their prospects; such was the case with Jerry D’Amigo.

Listed at 5’10", 200 pounds, D’Amigo looks to have the size to be an effective NHL-calibre winger. But with very little professional experience D’Amigo lacks the well-rounded game that NHL clubs demand of their players.

Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft (158th overall), D’Amigo showed flashes of brilliance in training camp, including his ability to create offense and undying compete level—two traits that will carry him far in the NHL some day.

Unfortunately for D’Amigo, “someday” will not be for a little while longer, but there is still plenty of hope that the 20-year-old can crack the Maple Leafs roster, perhaps as early as Christmas.

With the Maple Leafs painfully thin up front, speculation had D’Amigo making the team and perhaps even cracking the second or third line.

The emergence of Clarke MacArthur (signed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal through free agency by Leafs GM Brian Burke this summer) as a legitimate threat ...

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