The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that they have signed junior forward Nathan Barrett to a multi-year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Last season, as a member of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Barrett led the Western Hockey League (WHL) with 107 points on 45 goals and 62 assists. The product of Surrey, BC was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks with their sixth choice, 241st overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, but became eligible for free agency after failing to come to terms with the Canucks.
Barrett, 20, played five full seasons in the WHL, posting totals of 157 goals, 172 assists for 329 points in 316 games with Lethbridge and the Tri-City Americans. He was named to the 2001 WHL East Second All-Star Team and the 2002 WHL East First All-Star Team. As the League's top scorer in 2001-02, Barrett was awarded the Bob Clarke Trophy.