TORONTO – Help is on the way for the Toronto Maple Leafs’ beleaguered forward lines.
Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz were sent to Toronto on Saturday as the Maple Leafs traded defenceman Jesse Blacker and draft picks to the Anaheim Ducks.
Holland, a centre, will report to the Maple Leafs, while right-winger Staubitz has been assigned to the American Hockey League’s Marlies. Toronto needs help at centre with the loss of Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland to injury and the three-game suspension of Nazem Kadri.
“Obviously, the centre-ice position for us has been an area that has been decimated with injuries. Holland’s a big, young, skilled centre ice man,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle. “He’s been able to provide offence at the junior level and the American Hockey League level and he’s going to get an opportunity to play with some of our better players.”
Holland, a 22-year-old native of Caledon, Ont., was Anaheim’s first choice, 15th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft. The six-foot-two, 194-pounder played junior with the Ontario Hockey League’s Guelph Storm.
This season he played four games for Anaheim, scoring one goal and adding two penalty minutes. In 10 games with the AHL’s Norfork Admirals he registered a team leading nine points (five goals, four assists) along with 22 penalty minutes. In 29 career NHL games he has earned five goals, two assists and eight minutes in penalties.
“Big guy that played a lot of hockey in Guelph, would be known for his offensive side of it,” said Carlyle. “Probably has developed into more of a combative individual and has allowed him to take the next step as far as being a damn good American League player and now looking to take the next step to being a NHL player.”
The Ducks receive a 2014 third round pick—it could become a second round pick if certain conditions are met—and Anaheim’s 2014 seventh round pick, which was originally acquired by Toronto in a trade for David Steckel.
Toronto also assigned left-winger Troy Bodie to the Marlies to make space for Holland on the Maple Leafs’ roster. Bodie has two assists and five penalty minutes in nine games with the Leafs this season.
The 29-year-old Staubitz played six games for Norfolk this season with 10 minutes in penalties. In 230 career NHL games with San Jose, Minnesota, Montreal and Anaheim, the six-foot-one, 207-pound native of Bright’s Grove, Ont., has 10 goals, 11 assists and 520 penalty minutes.
Blacker played five games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this season, collecting one goal and four penalty minutes. He was selected 58th overall by the Leafs in the 2009 Entry Draft.