Maple Leafs place Seth Griffith on waivers
The Toronto Maple Leafs may not win a ton of games this season, but they do have an impressive collection of young talent that is providing their fans with a ton of hope for the future.
But not all of those young players have been able to consistently crack the team’s lineup this season.
We have already heard from Frank Corrado, a 23-year-old defenseman that has yet to play in a game this season and is growing a little frustrated with it.
That was followed on Friday by the news that the team has placed 23-year-old forward Seth Griffith on waivers. Griffith, who was claimed by the Maple Leafs on waivers from the Boston Bruins at the start of the season, has played in only three games and logged just 28 minutes of ice-time this season.
The decision to put him on waivers is apparently due to a roster crunch with Matt Hunwick set to return to the lineup and Josh Leivo ready to come back from a conditioning stint in the AHL.
Even though Griffith hasn’t been able to find a regular spot in the Toronto lineup this season, he still seems like the type of player that is worth a look to a team in need of a cheap, talented forward that would not cost anything to acquire.
He has excelled at every level he has played at and is coming off of a monster season in the AHL that saw him record 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) in only 57 games for the Providence Bruins during the 2015-16 season.
The biggest knock on Griffith is probably the fact he is only 5-9 and if considered “undersized.” But if the NHL has shown us anything lately it’s that undersized players can excel in this era in a lot of different roles, from star players like Johnny Gaudreau, to top-line players like Tyler Johnson and Mats Zuccarello, to role players like Conor Sheary and Jon Marchessault.
Griffith has six goals and five assists in 37 career games at the NHL level.