The Toronto Marlies announced today that the hockey club has signed forward Grant Cruikshank to a one-year AHL contract. He will be on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the 2022-23 season.
Cruikshank, 24, recorded 38 points (23 goals, 15 assists) through 41 games with St. Cloud State University (NCAA) this season. The Delafield, Wisconsin native began his NCAA career with Colorado College, collecting 45 points (30 goals, 15 assists) in 90 games through three seasons and was captain from 2019 to 2021. Cruikshank also appeared in 33 games with the University of Minnesota in the 2021-22 season, registering seven goals and eight assists.
Grant Cruikshank was a teammate this season of Leafs drafted prospect Veeti Miettinen. Cruikshank was second on his team in points, two ahead of Miettinen, but he is a goal-scoring centre (in the NCAA) while Miettinen has an assist game.
Never drafted, it is his famous parents (mostly his mother) who were both Olympic speed skaters who get him some attention. He's now had five years of NCAA hockey after two years in the BCHL. We can expect him to be a good skater, obviously.