Brian Burke Deals Luca Caputi To Ducks
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has pulled the trigger on another deal with the Anaheim Ducks. This time Burke has sent Luca Caputi to Anaheim for former second round (35th overall) pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nicolas Deschamps.
Injuries and a lack of fit with the Maple Leafs organization have conspired to deflate whatever opportunities Caputi might have had with the Maple Leafs of late. Known as a gritty player with some marginal scoring punch, Caputi has been a victim of the Maple Leafs strong depth at the AHL level, forcing him to watch countless players get their shot with the big club while he continued to tough it out with the Marlies.
Truth be told, Caputi has been out of the loop for quite some time, having last played for the big club for a total of seven games in 2010-11. In 35 career NHL games Caputi scored three goals to go along with six assists for a total of nine points.
In Deschamps, Burke gets himself another big body forward (Deschamps stands at 6’2” and weighs in at about 190 pounds) that shoots left. Through 80 games with the Syracuse Crunch in 2010-11 Deschamps scored 15 goals and notched 46 points. This season Deschamps has struggled, netting three goals and seven points through 31 games with the Crunch.
Whether or not Deschamps works out with the Maple Leafs is kind of beside the point. Caputi was never going to be a contributing member of the Blue and White, so anything Burke got for him is a bonus.
Here are a few highlights from Deschamps’ early career:
Led all rookies in scoring with 67 points (24-43-67) and finished second overall on his team in points in his first season withChicoutimi.
- Selected to the QMJHL All-Rookie Team and was named Best Defensive Player in the QMJHL.
- Was named the QMJHL Rookie of the Month twice in 2007-08 – in November and then again in January.
- Named to Team Canada for the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships.
- Participated in the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game.
- Represented Team Quebec at the 2007 Canada Winter Games.
Until next time,