TORONTO -- If the Toronto Maple Leafs are in need of a point-producing forward this season, they may not have to look any further than their American Hockey League affiliate for help.
Forward Spencer Abbott has stepped up to become one of the Toronto Marlies' top scorers this season. After his career at the University of Maine, his success is no surprise.
With one goal and 18 assists in 14 games, Abbott entered the week tied with defenseman TJ Brennan for the team lead in scoring with 19 points, a mark that also tied him for sixth in the AHL.
That ability to pile up points was what made the Maple Leafs take notice of him.
"The thing that attracted us to Spencer Abbott was his hockey sense,” Maple Leafs vice president and assistant general manager Claude Loiselle said. "He's got great skills, good hockey sense, sees the ice really well and he's got good speed. The only downside is his size. Right now the way he's been playing, the only thing he needs to do is work on the pace of the game. He's a terrific American league player."