The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed forward Seth Griffith off waivers from the Boston Bruins.
Griffith was a 5th round pick by the Bruins in the 2012 draft and is coming off a very good 77 point season with the Bruins farm team in Providence.
He has spent 3 seasons in the AHL amassing 56 goals, 102 assists in 165 games. He last year averaged 1.35 points per game with Providence.
Previous to that, he was a member of the London Knights for 3 full seasons scoring at least 80 points in his last 2 years. The Wallaceburg Ontario native was an OHL 1st team all star in 2013.
He has also appeared in 2 Memorial Cups and was a member of Team Canada’s U18 team in 2011.
This was a pickup that had Mark Hunter’s fingerprints all over it. Since he knew him well in London, he obviously felt the Leafs should take a chance to pick him up to see what he can do.
This was even with the Leafs having a bit of a logjam at forward with still 15 forwards around in camp.
Talent wise, the skill to produce offence is there for Griffith. It is a lack of size and speed that may hold him back. He could be one of those players who excels at the AHL, but just is not big, strong or fast enough at the NHL level.
Toronto though, being the young team that it is, may be a good squad for Griffith to get a chance to show what he can do. He is a right winger so he will be hard pressed to beat out Mitch Marner, William Nylander or Milan Michalek for ice time.
The Leafs though are not that afraid to remove veterans and choose young players over the guaranteed contracts already in place. So, we shall see over the next few days how things transpire for Griffith and the Leafs.