Maple Leafs sign free-agent QMJHL prospect Robert Slaney

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed another young free-agent prospect.

Winger Robert Slaney agreed to a three-year contract with the NHL team on Tuesday. The 20-year-old recently completed his fourth season with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

Slaney finished 10th in league scoring this season after putting up 36 goals and 81 points.

“We are excited to have Robert join the Maple Leafs organization,” GM Brian Burke said in a statement. “He is a strong power forward, who has good size, and his offensive totals have continuously improved over the past four seasons of junior hockey with Cape Breton.”

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The native of Upper Island Cove, N.L., was the Canadian Hockey League’s academic player of the year in 2007-08.

In 239 career games with Cape Breton, Slaney had 168 points (78-90) and 229 penalty minutes.