Nov. 22: The Maple Leafs brought both McMann and Benoit back to the NHL roster Thursday night, according to CapFriendly. Timmins will likely be activated off LTIR in a corresponding transaction.
Nov. 21: The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned Bobby McMann and Simon Benoit to the AHL on Monday. Both players had been with the club through much of November, with Benoit being recalled on November 4th and McMann joining the team on November 11th. Benoit appeared in five games during his recall, while McMann slotted into three.
McMann was the only one of the pair to score any points during his action, netting two assists in the few games he received. The scoring brings his career totals up to three points in 13 games, although McMann is still looking for his first NHL goal. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Leafs after the conclusion of Colgate University’s 2019-20 season. He joined the ECHL’s Witchita Thunder for the shortened 2020-21 season, before climbing his way into the AHL and ultimately earning his NHL debut by 2022-23. The 27-year-old centerman has also appeared in six AHL games this season, netting three points, six penalty minutes, and a -3.
Benoit was also signed as an undrafted free agent, joining the Anaheim Ducks as a training camp invite ahead of the 2018-19 season and signing with the Leafs as a UFA this summer. He’s spent the bulk of the last two seasons in the NHL, playing in 78 games last season and 53 games the year before. He managed 10 points last season, setting a career-high in scoring, but also recorded a -29, a career-low. In addition to his five games with the Maple Leafs, he’s also played two games in the AHL this season, going without a point and a -2.
This move opens up just enough space for the Leafs to activate Conor Timmins off of injured reserve, if they feel he’s healthy.