Seth Griffith is moving on from the Toronto Maple Leafs after a short – and probably not so sweet – tenure with the team.
The 23-year-old right winger was claimed off waivers by the Florida Panthers on Saturday and will now be part of his third organization this season. Panthers president of hockey operations Dale Tallontold Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel that Griffith will join the team on its upcoming road trip, which begins in Montreal on Tuesday.
The Leafs claimed Griffith off waivers from the Boston Bruins on Oct. 11, but he was used in just three games. The 5-foot-9 forward was placed on waivers by the Leafs on Friday to coincide with the activation of defenseman Matt Hunwick from injury reserve and the impending return of right winger Josh Leivo from an AHL conditioning stint.
Griffith wasn’t given much of a chance with the Leafs. However, his Corsi For percentage was tops on the team at 61.82, albeit in just 28:24 of ice time. He could get more game action for the Panthers, who are without injured top-six forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (torn Achilles) and Nick Bjugstad (broken hand) due to injury.
Despite the emergence of left winger Jonathan Marchessault, an unheralded 25-year-old free agent signing, the Panthers (6-7-1) are 17th with 2.64 goals per game having scored 37 goals entering play Saturday against the Islanders. Marchessault leads the team with seven goals – which matches his career high from last season – and 13 points. Vincent Trocheck and Colton Sceviour are tied for second with eight points.
Griffith has six goals and 11 points in 37 career NHL games.