(July 17, 2006) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Kyle Wellwood to a two year contract. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Wellwood, 22, played 81 games in his inaugural season with the Maple Leafs collecting 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) with 14 penalty minutes. He ranked ninth in scoring among NHL rookies and second on the team behind Alex Steen.
The native of Windsor, Ontario registered a team-high 87 points (38 goals, 49 assists) with 20 penalty minutes in 80 games for the St. John's Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League during the 2004-05 season. He was Toronto's sixth choice, 134th overall in the 2001 Entry Draft.