The Toronto Maple Leafs found themselves with too many goaltenders after claiming Curtis McElhinney off of the waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, so decided to ship off Enroth’s $750,000 contract. However, the 28-year-old Swede shall be sitting in the AHL – with the San Diego Gulls – with Jonathan Bernier being John Gibson’s back-up in the NHL.
Why did Anaheim make the trade?
Jhonas Enroth has been unfortunate in his career to be Ryan Miller’s barely-used back-up in Buffalo to still not getting many opportunities through the very rough times after Miller’s move to Vancouver. Despite what the stats lines say, Enroth is actually a decent goaltender, one who gives his all in every contest.
The 5’10’’, 175 lbs netminder is a bit undersized for his butterfly style, but his very quick feet, power sliding, and reactions make him a great shot stopper. In Buffalo’s hard times, he garnered somewhat of a cult following for his eccentric saves and never say die play, despite the Sabres being underdogs in nearly every game.
Being 28-years-old, Enroth still has time to develop into a more reliable backup goalie, and as he only has one year left on his contract at a low cost, the Ducks can take him to their AHL team, get a better look at him, and maybe even extend his deal, should they like what they see.
Then there’s the added bonus of having an experienced NHL goaltender getting game time and waiting for their chance to shine if either Bernier or Gibson goes down. Should that happen in the playoffs, having Enroth ready would be a godsend for the Ducks.
What do the Toronto Maple Leafs get?
The Maple Leafs got as much as they possibly could for Enroth, who was their AHL goalie but see their stake in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft rise to ten picks. Toronto has one first round pick, two-second rounders – one from the San Jose Sharks for loaning them Roman Polak and Nick Spaling last season, taking the reckless Raffi Torres as part of the deal.
Their third round pick is also from the Sharks. In giving the Maple Leafs Alex Stalock and Ben Smith, the Sharks received James Reimer and Jeremy Morin. To go with this deal was a conditional third round pick, the condition being that San Jose made the Stanley Cup finals, so Toronto gets that selection.
In the lower rounds, the Toronto Maple Leafs have their fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh round picks along with Arizona’s sixth – conditional, based on if the Coyotes re-sign Peter Holland, who was traded to them earlier this season. To top it off, they just brought in Anaheim’s seventh-round pick for Jhonas Enroth.
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