Curtis Gabriel has never had a chance to show what he can do in this big club.
The outspoken forward was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday in exchange for defensive rookie Chad Chris.
Gabriel has a goal and an assist and 36 minutes of free throws for the Toronto Moray this season. A one-year contract worth $750,000 was signed last summer, and the executor has never been called by a major club. When the team regained forward Kyle Clifford for future consideration last month, his chances of playing with the Leaves further diminished.
With striker Ilya Mikheev (hand) and most recently Mitch Mana (shoulder) injured, the Leafs summoned Clifford and Joey Anderson. The latter has been dismissed, but when another forward was called before Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club chose to bring Alex Steves into the game against Clifford and Pierre Enval. Four-tier competition.
Krys contributed 1 assist in eight games against Blackhawk’s AHL affiliate Rockford Ice Hogs. After undergoing major surgery in March to correct the long-term instability, he recently returned to ice. The 23-year-old was selected by the Chicago team in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft.
The Richfield, Connecticut native won a bronze medal with the U.S. team at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.