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03-28-2012, 12:38 PM
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Spencer Abbot Leaning Towards Maple Leafs?

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Spencer Abbott hasn't signed with the Maple Leafs. But word is he's close.

The star forward with the NCAA Maine Black Bears, who were eliminated by the University of Minnesota-Duluth this week, is being aggressively courted by a number of teams and is apparently leaning towards Toronto, although its not a done deal.

At 23 and 5-foot-10, the right-handed shooting forward isn't exactly what the doctor ordered for what ails the Leafs. But he's highly skilled, was named Hockey East's player-of-the-year this season and - be still my heart - is from Ontario. Hamilton, to be precise, and he lists the Leafs as his favourite team.

The Leafs have been aggressive in the NCAA free agent market in recent years but have only unearthed one bona fide NHLer, Tyler Bozak, so far. Still, signing such players is cheaper than a draft pick, and the success of Bozak and Teddy Purcell in Tampa (signed originally by L.A.) suggests sometimes its worth the effort. Goalie Ben Scrivens was also a college free agent and he played a few games for the Leafs this season.

Abbott had 62 points in 39 games this season and is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. He played Jr. A for the Hamilton Red Wings. If signed, he could head immediately to the AHL Marlies.

The Leafs had interest in another U.S. college free agent, Dan Dekeyser of Western Michigan, but he has apparently decided to go back to school.
Wouldn't hurt I guess.

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Good player.

Would be a nice add.

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My sentiments exactly, what have we got to lose right?

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Never a bad idea to pick up a player for nothing. Low risk with a potential for a high reward.

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good to hear if we add him, good depth for the marlies in their cup run.

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Why not. Might as well give the guy a shot. Not like guys have played so well that we shouldn't be trying every possible option.

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Guy is pretty skilled. Nice 10 min video on YT of him.

Hopefully he's a Bozak and not a Hanson/Irwin, etc.

Cue the Bozak haters. Sure he's not a 1st line C, but he's an NHLer.

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It would give us another call up in front of Kadri.


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Guy is pretty skilled. Nice 10 min video on YT of him.

Hopefully he's a Bozak and not a Hanson/Irwin, etc.

Cue the Bozak haters. Sure he's not a 1st line C, but he's an NHLer.
exactly, excellent third liner and a good second liner to fill in the role in bozie.

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Another johnnu pohl


Wake up leafsnation

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Pinning hopes on an NCAA'er to become a key cog on a winning Leafs team, I've seen this episode before.....it ends well....

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That kid has some smooth poised hands, very smart with the puck.

Looks like he has a pretty damn good shot too. Burke, get this kid signed. Hamilton Ontario. Local boys is what we need.

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Wake up leafsnation

Could of said that about Matt Read this time last year as well.

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Pinning hopes on an NCAA'er to become a key cog on a winning Leafs team, I've seen this episode before.....it ends well....
Seriously.. who has called him the next one in this thread? We get this same crap in every thread...

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Is their actually any speculation the Leafs are interested in him?

And what is our contract # situation anyways?

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Pinning hopes on an NCAA'er to become a key cog on a winning Leafs team, I've seen this episode before.....it ends well....
Yes, 1 guy hoping he turns out to be a Tyler Bozak is Leaf Fans suggesting this kid is a savour!!!

Don't be a hater! There's enough to **** on on this board without ******** on a free prospect pickup that COSTS NOTHING!! We get your miserable but be miserable on your own don't drag everyone else!!

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Package Kessel for something big if Abbott can replicate Kessel's numbers.

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Seriously.. who has called him the next one in this thread? We get this same crap in every thread...
Nobody has called him the next one

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Worst case, he does nothing and costs us nothing.
Neutral case, he is enough to be considered an asset that we can move, or allows us to move someone else with less concern.
Best case, he becomes an impact player for the team.

There isn't any risk with such a signing, so why the hell not.

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He wears #13 and that number served the Leafs well in the past.

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Another johnnu pohl


Wake up leafsnation
Oh Thank you!!! What a fresh of breath air! Another whiney Leaf hater to come and piss on evryone's fun!! AWESOME!!

No one needs and or wants your wake up call!!

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Package Kessel for something big if Abbott can replicate Kessel's numbers.
Forgot the

Meh, don't really care if he comes here, but I certainly wouldn't be upset. If they feel he could fill in for a guy like MacArthur on the 2nd line I'd be all for it, deal MacArthur for a couple non-1st rounder picks at the draft if you can.

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sounds good, highly touted watched a couple vids of him, looks like high end skill but overager+ncaa usually doesn't accumulate to anything, but couldn't hurt FREE WALLETS!!!

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Yes, 1 guy hoping he turns out to be a Tyler Bozak is Leaf Fans suggesting this kid is a savour!!!

Don't be a hater! There's enough to **** on on this board without ******** on a free prospect pickup that COSTS NOTHING!! We get your miserable but be miserable on your own don't drag everyone else!!
Who's miserable? I just don't get excited over someone who in all likelihood becomes a Marlie at worst or a bottom-six on a losing pro squad at best. Could he be a Bozak? Maybe, if you're hoping for a decent centremen on a 14th place team, he could also be a Christian Hanson.

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