Toronto Maple Leafs handed over Alex Galchenyuk to their American League school club, Marlis, on Saturday.
Former Montreal Canadians start the season with Ottawa senators. The latter traded him to the Carolina Hurricanes, which traded two days later on the Toronto list.
“This allows him to play in an environment where he can find his bearings, introduce himself to our system and do so in a place where he is confident, without worrying about his place in the lineup or making mistakes,” Maple Leaf head coach Sheldon Keef told a news conference.
This will be Galchenyuk’s first experience at this level, having not played a game in the American League since he was drafted in the first round (3rd overall) by the Canadians in 2012. In 557 games in the National League, the 27-year-old scored 321 points.
Meanwhile, Maple Leafs sent defenseman Martin Marinsin to their school club, while forward Kenny Agostino and defenseman Timothy Lilgegren were included in the reserve squad.