Prospect Ramblings: Leafs add key players, Black Aces, Calder Nominations

Peter Harling

2016-05-02

Nikita Zaitsev

The Toronto Maple Leafs organization has been making plenty of news as of late. The headline news of winning the draft lottery has Toronto fans buzzing but that’s not all that’s happening.

Today the Leafs signed free agent Nikita Zaitsev out of the KHL to a one year contract worth $925,000

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As has been widely speculated, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leafs?src=hash">#Leafs</a> sign UFA Nikita Zaitsev out of KHL to a 1 year contract via <a href="https://twitter.com/generalfanager">@generalfanager</a> <a href="https://t.co/PnJPlv757P">pic.twitter.com/PnJPlv757P</a></p>&mdash; Peter Harling (@pharling) <a href="https://twitter.com/pharling/status/727203502037078017">May 2, 2016</a></blockquote>

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Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello told TSN 1050 they believe Zaitsev who is 24 years old and has plenty of pro experience already will play in their top four next year. Zaitsev is a right handed point man and won the Championship last year, went to the finals this year and has World Championship experience as well. Dobber has his fantasy impact on Zaitsev signing in Toronto