Leafs’ prospects Kapanen, Leipsic headline AHL all-star rosters

Sportsnet writer Ryan Dixon caught up with Marlies forward Brendan Leipsic, who doesn't let his smallish size prevent him from mixing things up, and loves to keep the mood light on long team bus rides.

Toronto Maple Leafs prsopects Kasperi Kapanen and Brendan Leipsic have both been chosen to play in the AHL all-star tournament.

The two players lead the Toronto Marlies in scoring this season, and each currently sit tied in eighth in league scoring with 30 points apiece.

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Kapanen (14 goals, 16 assists), who was acquired by the Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade back in July of 2015, has made a large step forward in his production during his second season for Toronto’s AHL club. In 44 games last year, he scored nine goals and added 16 assists.

The 20-year-old also won a gold medal with Finland in the 2016 world junior hockey championship.

Leipsic came to Toronto in the 2015 deal that sent defenceman Cody Fransen to the Nashville Predators. The 22-year-old recorded his 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) in 26 games — three fewer than Kapanen.

He played in six games with the Leafs last season and recorded a goal and two assists.

The AHL all-star tournament will take place on Jan. 29 in Allentown, Pa., and, like the NHL all-star weekend, will consist of a four-team, 3-on-3 round-robin tournament.

Full rosters:

Atlantic Division AHL All-Stars

F Chris Bourque (“C”), Hershey Bears

F Travis Boyd, Hershey Bears

D T.J. Brennan, Lehigh Valley Phantoms

F Jake Guentzel, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

F Danton Heinen, Providence Bruins

G Tristan Jarry, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

F Nicklas Jensen, Hartford Wolf Pack

F Taylor Leier, Lehigh Valley Phantoms

G Zane McIntyre, Providence Bruins

D Devon Toews, Bridgeport Sound Tigers

F Jordan Weal, Lehigh Valley Phantoms

D Mackenzie Weegar, Springfield Thunderbirds

Coach: Clark Donatelli, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

North Division AHL All-Stars

F Casey Bailey, Binghamton Senators

D Mark Barberio, St. John’s IceCaps

F Joe Blandisi, Albany Devils

F Yanni Gourde, Syracuse Crunch

F Kasperi Kapanen, Toronto Marlies

F Brendan Leipsic, Toronto Marlies

G Charlie Lindgren, St. John’s IceCaps

F John Quenneville, Albany Devils

F Cole Schneider, Rochester Americans

D Jordan Subban, Utica Comets

D Matt Taormina, Syracuse Crunch

G Linus Ullmark, Rochester Americans

Coach: Benoit Groulx, Syracuse Crunch

Central Division AHL All-Stars

F Spencer Abbott, Rockford IceHogs

F Kenny Agostino, Chicago Wolves

F Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cleveland Monsters

D Alexandre Carrier, Milwaukee Admirals

F Ryan Craig (“C”), Cleveland Monsters

D Brad Hunt, Chicago Wolves

G Michael Leighton, Charlotte Checkers

F Matt Lorito, Grand Rapids Griffins

F Teemu Pulkkinen, Iowa Wild

F Jack Roslovic, Manitoba Moose

D Robbie Russo, Grand Rapids Griffins

G Juuse Saros, Milwaukee Admirals

Coach: Todd Nelson, Grand Rapids Griffins

Pacific Division AHL All-Stars

F Taylor Beck, Bakersfield Condors

F Jonny Brodzinski, Ontario Reign

F A.J. Greer, San Antonio Rampage

G Troy Grosenick, San Jose Barracuda

D Julius Honka, Texas Stars

F Mark Jankowski, Stockton Heat

D Vincent LoVerde, Ontario Reign

G Spencer Martin, San Antonio Rampage

D Brandon Montour, San Diego Gulls

F Daniel O’Regan, San Jose Barracuda

F Brendan Perlini, Tucson Roadrunners

D Kyle Wood, Tucson Roadrunners

Coach: Mike Stothers, Ontario Reign

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