With their playoff hopes officially over, the Toronto Maple Leafs have shifted their attention to the future once again.
The Maple Leafs announced on Wednesday that they have signed Greg McKegg to a three-year entry level contract. He will report directly to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, where he will finish off the season.
A 2010 third-round draft pick of the Leafs, McKegg tore up the Ontario Hockey League this season. In 66 games with the Erie Otters, McKegg scored 49 goals and assisted on another 43─which put him eighth overall in league scoring─to go along with a plus-20 rating. In seven playoff games, McKegg scored four goals and added an assist.
The St. Thomas, Ontario native was named OHL player of the week for September 27 – October 3, November 22 – 28 and February 14 – 20.
If McKegg fails to make the Maple Leafs out of training camp five months from now, he will likely find himself playing in the OHL once again.
With just two games remaining on the schedule, including tonight’s contest in New Jersey, the Maple Leafs are expected to call up recent acquisition Joe Colborne. In 18 games with the Marlies this season, Colborne has scored eight goals and six assists. In 73 games in the AHL split between the Marlies and Providence Bruins, the Calgary, Alberta native has 20 goals and 20 assists.
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