Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced on Tuesday that he has signed prospect Brad Ross to a three year entry level contract.
Ross, at age 19 has certainly improved his game in his fourth full season with the Portland Winterhawks. During the 2011/12 season, through 68 games, Ross has registered 82 points (42 goals and 40 assist), along with 163 penalty minutes and a +/- of +15. Ross’s last year’s point total was 69 points.
The native of Lethbridge, Alberta does not have the full Brian Burke stature that he wants in his players, but at 6′ 1″ Ross certainly plays like a big man with a great combination scoring and grit. Ross is also known for being an in-your-face type of forward. It seems that this 2nd round 43rd overall selection is quite the pest on the ice. The one area Ross can improve in is that he needs to control his aggressive nature. The amount of penalty minutes Ross puts up in the WHL will be unacceptable in Randy Carlyle’s system, or any NHL system for that matter.
Expect Ross to compete for a roster spot for the Maple Leafs come training camp in the fall.
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