Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the hockey club has re-signed free agent forward Andre Deveaux to a one-year contract.
Deveaux, a 25-year-old native of Freeport, Bahamas, split the 2008-09 season between the Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. In 21 games with the Maple Leafs he collected one assist and 75 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 232-pound forward became the first Bahamian native to play in the NHL when he made his debut on November 27 at Ottawa. He recorded his first NHL point on December 23 against Dallas.
In 38 games with the Marlies he registered 14 goals and 11 assists, along with 114 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Marlies in powerplay goals (9), fourth in penalty minutes, and earned two hat-tricks. In six playoff games he added three assists and 14 penalty minutes for the Marlies.
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs organization last season, Deveaux won a Calder Cup with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2008. He was originally Montreal’s fourth choice, selected 182nd overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft.