The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Jeremy Bracco to a 3 year entry level deal.
Bracco was selected 61st overall in the 2015 NHL draft. This was one of the selections the Leafs picked up in exchange for moving down in the draft, trading the pick that was used by Philadelphia to select Travis Konecny.
Bracco, along with Martins Dzierkals and Travis Dermott were among the selections grabbed by the Leafs that year for trading down.
Bracco was initially headed to Boston College after a couple of good seasons with the USNDTP.
He played 5 games in the NCAA before transferring to the OHL and the Kitchener Rangers.
In 76 games with the Rangers, over 2 seasons, he had 38 goals and 115 points.
He was traded at the OHL trade deadline to the Windsor Spitfires. Now he will get an opportunity to not only go for the OHL championship, but also play in the Memorial Cup with Windsor being the hosts.
Bracco has a gold medal from the World U18 tournament and recently helped the US win gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships held in Montreal/Toronto in January. He had 5 points in 7 games in the tournament.
Bracco is not a big player, but is a very skilled forward who may apprentice for a year or two with the Marlies starting next season. With graduations to the Leafs expected from that club, along with potential losses in the off-season, Bracco may find himself with a big role in the AHL.
Until then, the Leafs are hoping for a big next few weeks for Bracco as he goes for 2 more championships to add to his Gold this year providing him a high entering the Leafs annual rookie tournament and into the fall with the Marlies.