David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Thursday the hockey club has signed forward Ryan Rupert to a three-year entry level contract.
Rupert, 19, played 68 regular season games in 2013-14 for the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights during which he collected 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists), 54 penalty minutes and a +36 plus/minus rating. He ranked second on London in assists and fifth in points and plus/minus. In 10 playoff games thus far with the Knights, the 5-9, 190-pound centre has earned three goals, seven assists and 10 penalty minutes. Over his four-season OHL career with London he has played 224 games and registered 194 points (58 goals, 136 assists) with 279 penalty minutes. He was a member of the Knights back-to-back OHL championship teams in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
Rupert, a native of Grand Bend, Ontario, was selected by Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 157th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.