Maple Leafs In The Process Of Signing Former 1st Round Pick

Published November 17, 2023 at 9:05

The Toronto Maple Leafs boast a roster filled with superstars, yet to complement their talent, the team needs depth. Following some players' failure to meet expectations, significant changes may be on the horizon.

A former first-round pick could soon secure a new contract with the team.

Former First Round Pick to Join the Leafs?


Much like the Edmonton Oilers' successful PTO with Sam Gagner, Toronto seems poised for a similar outcome as former first-round selection Kieffer Bellows is on the verge of securing a new NHL contract with the Maple Leafs.

Several weeks ago, the team extended a PTO offer to Bellows with the AHL's Toronto Marlies. In just five games, he has an impressive tally of 4 goals and 7 points.

Bellows: the Missing Piece in Toronto?

While established players like Ryan Reaves and others are going through a hard time, Bellows, who was chosen just 18 picks after Auston Matthews in the 2016 NHL Draft, may soon fill that void.

When questioned by Mark Masters about the expectations set by the Maple Leafs management during his AHL PTO, the 25-year-old forward had this to say:

"They just wanted me to come in on a tryout and just show what I can do, and that's what I want to do. I want to show I can earn an NHL contract. That's my goal. While doing that, obviously that's a personal goal, I also want to help this team win games and put in a good run, however long it takes, however long I'm here, whatever the situation is - I want to help this team go on a winning streak to help them benefit in the longer run as well."

While nothing is certain, Bellows evidently has the determination and skill necessary for success, making it only a matter of time until he comes back in the NHL.

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Maple Leafs In The Process Of Signing Former 1st Round Pick

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