Winnipeg’s Adam Brooks has been claimed off Waivers by the Montreal Canadiens. Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brooks never quite had the opportunity to display his full skillset in a very deep Leafs’ offence.
On Sunday, Toronto placed Brooks on Waivers in hopes that he would pass through unclaimed. Those wishes did not come true as the team’s longest-serving rival, the Montreal Canadiens swooped in a picked up the talented youngster.
Dealing with a variety of injuries on offence, Toronto’s decision clearly backfired. Placing Brooks on Waivers on Sunday morning, the team saw fellow forward Ilya Mikheyev go down with a broken hand later in the day. On Sunday, the team announced Mikheyev would miss eight weeks following surgery.
Moments later, the Leafs’ front office rebased information indicating that star forward Auston Matthews would also miss the team’s first three games at a minimum to being the season. Now without Matthews, Mikheyev and Brooks, Toronto’s offence will certainly have a different look than in past seasons.
Brooks, 25, played just 11 games for the Leafs last season, but did record four goals and one assist in his limited showing. He had four goals and 13 points in 17 games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies last year. Brooks is in the final season of a two-year, $1.45 million deal signed in the summer of 2020.