TSN is reporting today that the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free
agent goaltender Ben Scrivens to a one-year, entry level contract.
Scrivens was a college free agent who played four years with Cornell,
and after a statistically impressive senior year (21-9-4, 0.934 save
percentage) there was no doubt he’d sign with an NHL team.
the Maple Leafs having Jonas Gustavsson, J.S. Giguere, and Jussi Rynnas
under contract for next season, Scrivens is expected to compete for a
job with the Marlies of the AHL.
Don’t let his impressive numbers
fool you; there’s a worry that he is a product of a system and won’t
exactly dominate at the next level. Still, not having the pressure to
perform right away, even at the AHL level, could make the transition a
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.