Monday, March 21, 2011

Leafs dip into the NCAA pool again

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed U.S. college prospect Tyler Brenner to a two-year contract on Monday.

The 22-year-old forward spent the past three years with the NCAA's Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers, registering 26 goals and 41 points in 37 games this season.

Brenner will report to the AHL's Toronto Marlies for the remainder of the year.

The native of Linwood, Ont., finished his college career with 102 points (55-47)—making him just the fifth player in RIT history to reach the century mark.

Brian Burke has now signed 5 U.S. College free agents since coming to Toronto. The only one playing at the NHL level is Tyler Bozak. The success of U.S. collegians at the NHL level is poor. So may initial reaction to this signing is that Burke is that Brenner is likely destined to be another young player living the dream with the Marlies.

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