The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year extension with Adam Brooks, paving the road for him to continue his development.
Like most NHL teams have been doing the past few weeks, the Toronto Maple Leafs are getting a head start on some of their off-season beginning with signing Adam Brooks to a two-year contract extension.
Not only does this provide the 24-year-old with some security going forward, but is also a reward for the improvements he’s made. After getting picked as an overage draft selection in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Draft, Brooks has made steady improvements at the pro level.
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Brooks has put up 79 career points in 147 games with the Toronto Marlies and finally earned a promotion to the NHL with the Leafs this season. In seven games, the Winnipeg native had three assists and gained some valuable experience as well.
What the Leafs will need Brooks to do in the next step of his development is to make sure his defensive side of the game is as sound as what he can do offensively. He will get every chance to work on that if the NHL season resumes, because it’s likely that Brooks will be a part of a potentially expanded roster.
For Brooks, there should be every incentive to try to be in the picture to make the Leafs next season considering he is on a two-way deal. Depending on what the Leafs do in the off-season, Brooks could get every opportunity if they have to cut bait with some players and need their internal depth to step up.
It helps that Brooks can play centre and could put himself into a position to contend for the fourth line centre job. However, with the signing of Alexander Barabanov and Nicholas Robertson itching for a chance to make his case for a spot on the roster, it will make it tough to guarantee anything for Brooks.
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