The Toronto Maple Leafs announced this morning that they’ve signed 20 year old London Knights captain J.J. Piccinich to a two year AHL level contract. Piccinich was drafted in the fourth round, 103rd overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Leafs and has developed well since then.
The 6’, 189 lb winger finished second place in team scoring this year for the Knights with 26 goals and 72 points in 66 games. He was also voted the team’s captain by his teammates and played a strong defensive game during the team’s 2016-17 OHL playoff run.
It’s unclear whether Piccinich will join the Toronto Marlies during their current AHL Calder Cup playoff series versus the Albany Devils, or whether he’ll join the team next season. One thing’s for sure, however: as Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and general manager Lou Lamoriello continue to add young prospects to the Leafs system, the enthusiasm in Leafs Nation only grows stronger.