The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins have completed a minor trade, involving the draft rights to an unsigned college player. J.D. Greenway, the younger brother of Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway, has been sent from Toronto to Boston for future considerations according to CapFriendly. Greenway, who has completed his years of NCAA eligibility, will become an unrestricted free agent if not signed by August 15.
Selected 72nd overall in 2016, the 23-year-old Greenway doesn’t at all represent the way the Maple Leafs build their teams. Standing 6’5″ and known more for his physicality than his skill, he scored just 25 points during a four-season college career that started with the University of Wisconsin and ended with the University of Maine. There was a transfer year in the middle that Greenway spent playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, but even there he was unable to really establish himself as a dominant offensive player, scoring just nine goals in 58 games.
Still, as the NHL pendulum starts to swing back towards size and strength, at least in the bottom-six and on defense, perhaps Greenway could still have a career at the highest level. The Bruins obviously believe in him enough to bring him into the organization and should be expected to sign him before the deadline. A start with the AHL’s Providence Bruins is likely.