The Toronto Maple Leafs have brought back Denis Malgin, signing the Swiss forward to a one-year contract, according to Kevin Weekes.
The Leafs retained Malgin’s rights from the 2020 season having qualified him as a restricted free agent. Acquired in the infamous trade with Florida involving Mason Marchment, Malgin only played eight games with Toronto before the COVID pandemic hit and he returned to Europe.
In the past two seasons, Malgin has reminded teams of his two-way upside. He’s been an elite scorer in the Swiss league, scoring 21 goals and 52 points in 48 games with Zurich last season. In the playoffs, Malgin also led his team in scoring with 18 points in 17 games.
Malgin really stood out at the World Championships, playing alongside Detroit’s Pius Suter. He scored five goals and 12 points in eight games for Switzerland, finishing top five in tournament scoring.
It’s easy to forget given how long he’s been around, but Denis Malgin is still only 25 years old. He broke into the NHL at 20 years old and had some solid results in a bottom-six role with the Florida Panthers at that age. In 192 NHL games, Malgin has scored 28 goals and 60 points, a rate of 0.31 points per game. That’s …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation