The Toronto Maple Leafs look to have added some depth at the forward position as they have signed former Pittsburgh Penguins’ fourth-liner Garrett Wilson to a contract, according to Taylor Haase of DK Pittsburgh Sports. No terms have been released.
The 28-year-old Wilson spent the last three years with the Penguins, spending the first two years with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL, but got a chance at the NHL level last year. He played a career-high 50 games with the Penguins last season, posting two goals and eight points, while averaging just 7:37 of ATO, although he did provide the team with 114 hits. Wilson also played in all four of Pittsburgh’s playoffs games this year and he did score a goal and add 14 hits.
A move to Toronto likely means that Wilson will be expected to play for the Toronto Marlies in the AHL, where he has tallied 87 career goals. Toronto, always a top contender in the AHL and the 2017-18 Calder Cup champion, likely is interested in Wilson, who can add leadership to theh team as he served as captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team last season. He will likely get a chance to challenge for a role on the Maple Leafs’ fourth line where he will have to beat out a number of solid players, including Jason Spezza, Nick Shore, Nic Petan, Kenny Agostino, and Frederik Gauthier.