Prust will not be offered a permanent contract prior to Opening Night, but will continue practicing with the team, Mark Masters of TSN reports. While it seems most likely Prust would sign with the Maple Leafs, he is now a free agent and could sign with any NHL team will practicing with Toronto. It is unclear what the future holds for the winger, but in terms of fantasy value, owners may want to avoid utilizing him until something more concrete regarding his status is announced. The 32-year-old was held to just 35 contests last season due to injury, which should be another red flag.
Prust (ankle) inked a professional tryout agreement with the Maple Leafs on Monday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports. Prust missed the last 38 games of the 2015-16 season for the Canucks due to an ankle injury and ultimately suited up in a mere 35 contests. In those outings, the veteran compiled just seven points but did add 59 PIM and 40 hits. If he makes the team in Toronto, it will be for his gritty, aggressive style of play rather than his scoring ability. Unless you need ancillary stats, fantasy owners will want to look elsewhere for a low-cost winger.
Prust will shut it down and begin rehabbing for next season due to a lingering ankle injury, Ben Birnell of the Utica Observer-Dispatch reports. Prust was reassigned to AHL Utica in early February, but was thought to be a potential recall for some playoff depth if needed. The 31-year-old tallied one goals and six assists in nine games for the Comets which matched his production with the Canucks this season, albeit in 35 contests. In terms of fantasy value, the winger is definitely low-end as he has broken the 20-point mark only once in his NHL career.
Prust cleared waivers Wednesday and has been sent to AHL Utica, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports. Prust was placed on waivers Tuesday, but went unclaimed and will now join the team's AHL affiliate. The winger will serve as organizational depth, but could be recalled later in the season if the Canucks are in need of another forward.
Prust was placed on waivers Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Prust's first season in Vancouver has largely been a disappointment, as the winger has just one goal and six assists through 35 contests. It's possible he sticks around with the Canucks, but it's unlikely the 31-year-old will take on a much larger role than he currently occupies.
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