The Toronto Maple Leafs dipped into the United States college free-agent pool to sign 23-year-old forward Brady Irwin on Saturday.
The Leafs haven't announced the signing yet because Irwin and his University of Vermont team were only eliminated in the NCAA West regional by Wisconsin on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Irwin was raised in Toronto and played junior B for the St. Michael's Buzzers.
He was a teammate of current Maple Leafs forward Viktor Stalberg at Vermont the previous three seasons. Irwin completed his fourth season at Vermont with 15 goals and 34 points in 39 games.
Nice. I was hoping we would sign him, and I sort of just assumed we would. I've never seen him play or anything, but at 6'5", one of the most highly touted college free agents this year (though apparently that's not saying much this year?) and a Toronto native...it was only a matter of time before the announcement was made.
Well now we have someone who can play alongside Hanson I suppose. Sjostrom is good and I like him but he should be on the 4th line imo, and I'm torn about Mitchell, sometimes he looks like a solid 3rd liner and other times he looks like he should be in the ECHL.