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Anaheim Ducks get D Jesse Blacker from Toronto for forwards Peter Holland, Brad Staubitz

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks traded forwards Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday for defenceman Jesse Blacker and two draft picks.

Blacker was a second-round pick by the Maple Leafs in 2009, but never cracked the NHL roster. The 22-year-old defenceman spent the past two years with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, scoring 11 points in 61 games last season.

The Ducks receive a 2014 third-round pick that could become a second-round pick under certain conditions. Anaheim also reacquired its 2014 seventh-round pick, originally sent to Toronto in a trade for David Steckel.

Blacker will add defensive depth to the Ducks’ minor league system. He was assigned to Anaheim’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk.

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Anaheim gave up two forwards who couldn’t earn a regular role with the overall NHL leaders.

Holland, a 22-year-old centre, made his debut on the Maple Leafs’ top line Saturday night against Buffalo. The former first-round pick never cemented a role in Anaheim despite numerous opportunities over the past two seasons, losing competition for playing time to Nick Bonino, Kyle Palmieri and others in the centre-rich organization.

The Maple Leafs needed immediate help at centre with the loss of Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland to injury and the three-game suspension of Nazem Kadri.

The well-travelled Staubitz was assigned to the Marlies. He had two points and 41 penalty minutes in 15 games with the Ducks last season.