Nicholas Aube-Kubel signs with the Leafs for $1M

The Leafs have made another signing by bringing in Nicholas Aube-Kubel for one year.

#Leafs announce a 1-year deal for Nicolas Aube-Kubel at $1 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022

Calling Aube-Kubel a bargain might be a bit of a stretch as he is slated for 4th line duty, but he’s certainly priced right for the work he’ll be doing. The recent Stanley Cup Champion obviously brings that experience to the room as well. You just might not want him carrying the cup:

Team
CF/60
CA/60
CF%
GF/60
GA/60
GF%
xGF/60
xGA/60
xG%
HDCF/60
HDCA/60
HDCF%
PDO
PHI
49.9
65.05
43.41
0.89
3.56
20
1.82
3.63
33.35
7.13
19.6
26.67
0.939
COL
53.03
53.95
49.57
2.68
1.29
67.44
2.32
2.31
50.17
9.98
10.62
48.43
1.041
At 26 years old the Leafs are again looking at young guys who can fit in with the age of most of their roster, and while his underlying numbers don’t stand out, he’s really being brought in for the fourth line physical presence.

GP
G
PTS
PIM
S%
TOI
ATOI
BLK
HIT
Total
74
11
23
47
12.6
726
9:49
18
140
PHI
7
0
1
6
0
69
9:49
1
17
COL
67
11
22
41
14.1
658
9:49
17
123
Aube-Kubel will likely be competing with the likes of Wayne Simmonds, Joey Anderson, and players like Curtis Douglas and Bobby McMann for his ice time and even considering him a lock to be in the Leafs lineup is a stretch. At $1M his contract is completely buriable and is just enough that it may deter other teams from claiming him off waivers. He therefore is a great depth option even if he doesn’t grab a spot on the Leafs, though playing in 74 games last year, largely on the cup winning team means he’s likely going to make the cut.
All and all, it’s a depth signing. No need to be excited or upset. He’s a decent enough add.
Data from Evolving Hockey, Hockey Reference, and Natural Stat Trick
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Leafs sign Dennis Hildeby to his entry level contract

We have our first signing of the day, and it’s one of the Leafs 2022 draft picks, goaltender Dennis Hildeby.
The Leafs press release:

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed goaltender Dennis Hildeby to a three-year, entry-level contract. The average annual value of the contract is $843,330.

Hildeby, 20, skated in seven regular season games with Färjestad (SHL) during the 2021-22 season, posting a 1.93 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
Hildeby was selected by Toronto in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2022 NHL Draft.
The Järfälla, Sweden native will attend this year’s prospect development camp, opening on Sunday, July 17th at the Ford Performance Centre. The full development camp roster and details will be announced soon.
So this is really great news as Hildeby, a draft overager is well on his path to the NHL and has some promising numbers (and height at 6’6) to show for it. He is still under contract with Färjestad for two more seasons, so there aren’t any guarantees on when he’ll come over, but at least there seems to be a commitment that it will happen in a couple of years.

The Hildeby signing also puts the #Leafs up to 42 contracts already. A bit of a strange signing to happen now given the new NHL-SHL transfer agreement states as a non-first round pick under the age of 24, he has to be offered to his SHL club before joining the #Marlies
— Kyle Cushman (@Kyle_Cush) July 13, 2022

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