Maple Leafs Sign Trevor Smith
Defenceman Rinat Valiev also inked to entry level contract
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday the hockey club has signed forward Trevor Smith to a one-year contract. The Leafs also announced the signing of their third-round draft pick in 2014, defenceman Rinat Valiev, to a three-year entry level contract.
Smith, 29, played 28 games for the Maple Leafs last season, collecting nine points (four goals, five assists) with four penalty minutes. The 6-1, 195-pound forward also collected 10 goals, 16 assists, 26 points and 10 penalty minutes while serving as captain of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies in 2013-14.
Smith made his Maple Leafs debut October 8 against Colorado, becoming the 900th player in franchise history. The native of Ottawa, Ontario, also missed 24 NHL games (Dec. 19-Feb. 8) due to a broken hand.
Valiev, 19, posted five goals and 23 assists for 28 points with 68 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating in 55 games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League last season. The 6-1, 205-pound defenceman also appeared in 13 playoff games with Kootenay, collecting nine points on a goal and eight assists with 16 minutes in penalties.
A native of Nizhnekamsk, Russia, Valiev was selected 68th overall by the Maple Leafs at the 2014 Entry Draft in June.