Maple Leafs get Fabian Brunnstrom from Stars for Mikhail Stefanovich

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Swedish forward Fabian Brunnstrom from the Dallas Stars for Belarusian winger Mikhail Stefanovich on Thursday.

Brunnstrom, 25, arrived in the NHL amid much fanfare after the Stars won a bidding war for him in May 2008, beating out several teams including the Maple Leafs.

He impressed out of the gate with 17 goals and 12 assists in 55 games during the 2008-09 season, but has struggled since, spending the current campaign with Texas of the American Hockey League.

The Stars placed him on waivers Friday, and he’ll get a fresh start with the Maple Leafs, who are desperate to add young talent. Brunnstrom is expected to join the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on Friday for their game at Abbotsford.

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Brunnstrom has 11 goals and 10 assists in 37 games with Texas, and is earning US$675,000 on a one-year, one-way contract.

Stefanovich, 21, has a goal in 15 games with Minsk Dynamo of the Kontinental Hockey League. Toronto’s third-round pick in 2008 also dressed in two games for the Marlies but did not record a point. He also appeared in four games for the ECHL’s Reading Royals, where he had three goals and two assists.