Leafs' prospects get a look

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:28 PM ET

Boston University star defenceman Matt Gilroy won't be the only player that the Maple Leafs front office will be scouting this weekend at the NCAA Frozen Four tournament in Washington, D.C.

General manager Brian Burke has made no secret about the fact that the Leafs would love to sign the North Bellmore, N.Y., native to a contract when the tournament is over. However, the Leafs braintrust also will keep a close eye on University of Vermont left winger Viktor Stalberg, the club's sixth-round draft choice (161st) in 2006.

Stalberg, a junior, has had a big year for the Catamounts, leading Vermont with 24 goals and 21 for 45 points assists in 38 games.

"Stalberg has had a strong year," Burke said yesterday. "He's a big (forward), who can skate."

Also taking part will be Gilroy's teammate, goaltender Grant Rollheiser, was a sixth-round choice (158th overall) by the Leafs in the 2008 draft. Rollheiser, a freshman and native of Trail, B.C., went 6-4-1-1 with a .897 save percentage and 2.13 goals for the Terriers.

Stajan under the radar

Somewhat overlooked this season is the fact that Matt Stajan, the Leafs' fifth-year centre, is having a career year. Stajan has 15 goals and 38 assists for 53 points in 75 games -- beating his previous career high by 14 points from the 2006-07 season (while having played seven fewer games). On the down side, this is Stajan's fourth-year in a row with the Leafs where he, and his team, have failed to make his playoffs -- a point of contention for the 25-year-old forward.

"I hate the fact that we haven't made the playoffs," Stajan said. "I've played three playoff games in my first year (2003-04), so it's been a while, and that's tough to swallow every year. Everybody in the city breathes blue and white and is pulling for us, and when we fall short it's not a good feeling."

Schenn wants to improve

Rookie defenceman Luke Schenn has had a good first year, but the 19-year-old expects to improve his offensive play in the future. Schenn, a shut-down defenceman who has shown flashes of offensive prowess at times this season, has two goals and 12 assists, and is minus-13, though he often has been matched up against the opposition's best forward line. The one area of his game that needs work is his shot.

"I've been getting more comfortable with it as the year has gone on and I'm getting more shots through from the point, but it's something you want to work towards," he said. "You want to add more dimensions to your game."


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