Leafs Set To Sign Tyler Bozak
According to Damian Cox of thestar.com, and according to Sportsnet.ca, the Toronto Maple Leafs are about to sign prospect Tyler Bozak as a free agent.
Bozak was one of the half dozen highly sought after US College free agents that have become available in recent weeks. Bozak was on the Leafs radar as well as several other teams, but according to Cox, its Toronto who has won the bidding for Bozak’s services.
Bozak got notice playing in BC where he tore things up in the BCHL with 128 points. He had a solid freshman season with the U of Denver and while he missed half the season this year due to injury, still managed 23 points in 19 games.
Bozak, from Regina, would be the 2nd collegiate free agent signed by Toronto this week after they picked up Christian Hanson earlier. Bozak carries less size, but may have more offensive upside.
The Leafs are in desperate need to get younger, deeper and more skilled and players like Bozak and Hanson will help to add depth to an organization that lacks it.
Hanson is going to be in the Leafs lineup barring a last minute change, against the Flyers tonight in Philly. Bozak could very well get in to one of the Leafs final 4 games of the season, likely next week against the Devils or Sabres.
This is a coup for the Leafs. They have a thin prospect cupboard but have added to it the last week with these 2 players and maybe a 3rd could be had as the Leafs do have some interest in Matt Gillroy.
Opportunity, money, whatever the reason was, its been a good week for the Leafs and this will be momentum the organization can carry on into what should be a very interesting summer in Leaf Nation.