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Toronto Maple Leafs lose Brendan Leipsic in expansion draft

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Say bye to Brendan

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Edited to add: This is now official.

It appears that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Brendan Leispic may be the player claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights:

Out of all the Leafs players available to be selected, Leipsic was probably the best of the bunch. So, it’s not really a surprise that he’s Las Vegas bound.

After scoring 51 points in 49 regular season games with the Marlies, the 23-year old looked poised to make the jump up to the Leafs next season as a depth winger or 13th forward. He was certainly one of the better prospects in the Leafs’ thin pool.

Leipsic, originally a Predators third-round pick, arrived in Toronto as part of the Cody Franson deal. He’s spent the last three seasons playing for the Marlies and has appeared in six NHL games to date.

Stats via Elite Prospects

Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
Season Team League GP G A TP PIM
2007-2008 Winnipeg Monarchs Bntm AAA Div 2 WBAAA2 28 20 15 35 62
Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA WBAAA 2 0 0 0 2
2008-2009 Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA WBAAA 29 16 20 36 38
Winnipeg Monarchs City Mdgt WCML 1 0 0 0 4
Winnipeg Monarchs Bantam AAA John Reid Bantam 5 2 2 4 14
2009-2010 Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA MMHL 41 23 40 63 38
2010-2011 Portland Winterhawks WHL 68 16 17 33 50
Canada Western U17 WHC-17 5 3 2 5 6
2011-2012 Portland Winterhawks WHL 65 28 30 58 82
2012-2013 Portland Winterhawks WHL 68 49 71 120 103
Portland Winterhawks M-Cup 5 2 1 3 12
Canada U20 CAN-RUS Challenge 3 0 0 0 6
2013-2014 Portland Winterhawks WHL 60 39 52 91 111
WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 2 2 2
2014-2015 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 47 7 28 35 16
Toronto Marlies AHL 27 7 12 19 6
2015-2016 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 1 2 3 2
Toronto Marlies AHL 65 20 34 54 55
2016-2017 Toronto Marlies AHL 49 18 33 51 30
Brendan Leipsic career stats Elite prospects

Leipsic is currently a restricted free agent. It’s possible that the Leafs didn’t see much of a place for him on the team, long term. The four left-wing spots on the team look to be locked up and one or both of Carl Grundstrom and Andreas Johnsson might be higher on the depth chart.

There was some talk that Toronto were working on a side deal with Vegas to protect some of their exposed players. It looks like the price of such a deal was too high. The Leafs will have to live with losing one of their better prospects.

There’s been some discussion about the Leafs’ choice to protect fourth line winger Matt Martin over prospects like Leipsic or Kerby Rychel.

Poll

Should the Leafs have protected Leipsic over Martin?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Yes
    (466 votes)
  • 42%
    No
    (654 votes)
  • 27%
    Can we stop talking about Matt Martin
    (433 votes)
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