Toronto Maple Leafs: Tim Brent, Who Is This Guy?

September 29th, 2010 1 Comment

With the regular season just over a week away, speculation is swirling that Tim Brent, a relatively unknown player, has all but secured his place on the Toronto Maple Leafs roster as the third line centre.

For Maple Leaf fans, Brent’s rise comes with mixed emotions as many fans were hoping that rookie forward Nazem Kadri, who has been criticized by management for his paltry play thus far in the pre-season, would emerge as the team’s number three or number two centre.

Brent, who hails from Cambridge, Ontario, honed his craft in the OHL as a member of the St. Michael’s Majors from 2000 through 2003, amassing a total of 78 goals, 142 assists and a +50 rating in 238 career OHL games.

Originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (37th overall), Brent followed his OHL career up bouncing around different AHL venues, including Cincinnati, Portland, WB Scranton and Rockford, where he has registered a total of 87 goals and 223 points through 302 AHL games.

Along the way Brent (who is set to earn $525,000 this season) managed to play in 19 NHL games, registering one assists and a minus six rating.

Known as a defensively responsible, shut down player with the ability to step up in an offensive role, Brent had a decent season with the Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, Toronto Marlies, last season, registering 13 goals, 28 points and a plus two rating in his short, yet successful 33 game stint with the baby Leafs.

Now, with a strong training camp behind him, it appears as if the 6’0”, 188 pound, 26-year old Center will get a shot to show off his game at the NHL level, at least until Kadri is deemed ready by management, which, if you listen to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and head coach Ron Wilson’s comments, may be a while yet.

Until next time,

Peace!

1 Comment

  1. Gerome Reyes says:

    just wondering why never heard talking or trying to put Center Mike Zigamonis into the lineup, his an experience player he’s not injured and never see playing…..

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