Brooks penned a two-year, two-year contract extension with Toronto on Thursday that carries a $725,000 cap hit at the NHL level. In 29 appearances for the Marlies this season, Brooks notched nine goals and 11 helpers. The center also made his NHL debut in 2019-20 and logged seven games for the Leafs in which he tallied three helpers, two shots and one block while averaging just 7:51 of ice time. If the club allows Kyle Clifford to walk in free agency this offseason, it could open up a spot on the 23-man roster for Brooks heading into next year.
Brooks was sent down to AHL Toronto on Saturday. Brooks will return to the minors to get some playing time while the Maple Leafs are on their bye week. He should be in the mix to return to the big club ahead of a game against the Predators on Jan. 27.
Brooks notched an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Jets. Brooks set up Dmytro Timashov's second-period tally. The 23-year-old has assists in each of his last three outings despite not skating more than 7:33 in a game in that span. He's been a healthy scratch in four of the nine games since he was recalled from AHL Toronto. Given the inconsistent role, Brooks' recent offensive binge shouldn't be expected to continue much longer.
The Maple Leafs promoted Brooks from the AHL on Friday. Trevor Moore is considered out indefinitely with a concussion, so Brooks could be in for an extended stay in the NHL. The 23-year-old has racked up 16 points in 20 minor-league appearances this season.
The Maple Leafs reassigned Brooks to AHL Toronto on Saturday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports. Trevor Moore (shoulder) is slated to return to the lineup Saturday against Detroit, so the Leafs are no longer in need of Brooks' services up front. The 23-year-old forward didn't crack the lineup during his two-day stay with the big club.
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