Bracco signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Hurricanes on Friday. Bracco spent the 2019-20 season with AHL Toronto, racking up four goals and 34 points in 44 contests. He'll likely spend the majority of the upcoming campaign in the minors, so he won't be a viable fantasy option in.
Bracco was not qualified by the Maple Leafs and will be a UFA on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Bracco has yet to make his NHL debut after he was the 61st overall pick in 2015. The 23-year-old winger has racked up 32 goals and 145 points as a playmaker with AHL Toronto. He will likely have to settle for a two-way deal at best.
Bracco has rejoined the Marlies after a personal leave from the squad, Kevin McGran of The Toronto Star reports. Bracco is still awaiting his NHL debut but has compiled another solid season with the Marlies, tallying 34 points (four goals and 30 assists) over 44 games. He may need to rediscover his scoring touch before the Maple Leafs consider him for a regular spot on the NHL roster.
Bracco was promoted from AHL Toronto on Monday. Bracco is unlikely to slot into the lineup for Monday's matchup with Carolina but figures to serve as an emergency depth option. With Trevor Moore (undisclosed) sidelined, Jason Spezza figures to take on a fourth-line role. Following the Christmas break, Bracco will almost certainly be shipped back to the minors.
Bracco registered a pair of assists in AHL Toronto's 4-3 win over Hershey on Wednesday. On the heels of a season in which he finished second in AHL scoring (79 points in 75 games) as a 22-year-old, Bracco has already racked up six helpers in his first four 2019-20 contests. He's clearly ready to help the Leafs offensively, but Bracco is limited to playing the right wing and there are no openings on the NHL roster at the moment. His NHL debut figures to come at some point later this season.
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