(December 16, 2003) - TORONTO -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the team has returned defenceman Maxim Kondratiev to Lada Togliatti of the Russian Hockey League.
Kondratiev had been with the American Hockey League's St. John's Maple Leafs, where he had recorded eight points on three goals and five assists with 10 penalty minutes in 18 games. He was second on St. John's with a plus/minus rating of plus-four.
Kondratiev, 20, began the season in Toronto, playing seven games with no points and two penalty minutes before being assigned to St. John's October 28.
He was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs with their seventh choice, 168th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and was signed to an entry level contract on July 1, 2003. Kondratiev also collected two assists in five NHL preseason games after attending Maple Leaf training camp in Sweden.