TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs got off to an early start on the usual dealing that accompanies the NHL draft, acquiring forward Jamal Mayers from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
The Blues get Toronto’s third-round pick, 70th overall, in the 2008 draft, which starts Friday and runs through Saturday. The Maple Leafs originally acquired the pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Chad Kilger on Feb. 26.
Mayers, a six-foot-one, 214 pound Toronto native, has played parts of 10 NHL seasons, all with the Blues. He had 12 goals, 15 assists and 91 penalty minutes in 80 games with the St. Louis last season. Overall he has 51 goals, 58 assists and 576 penalty minutes in 435 games.
The Blues originally selected Mayers in the fourth rou/nd, 89th overall in the 1993 draft.
He most recently played on Canada’s silver-medal team at the 2008 IIHF World hockey championship. The 33-year-old scored two goals and added three assists, along with a plus-six rating,in nine games. Mayers was also a member of Canada’s gold-medal team at the 2007 championships.
“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Blues president John Davidson in a statement. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”