The 25-year-old was a 4th round pick by the Maple Leafs in 2016 and was thought to be competing for a last-line spot before getting cut by the team. He played in 11 games last season with the Maple Leafs, where he scored five points and had a 41.2% faceoff percentage. It would be expected that Brooks would be sent to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, but with how his season has gone thus far, he would need to clear waivers before reporting to the AHL. His salary-cap hit is low at $725,000, for the remainder of this season (then is an RFA), so with some cap juggling, he could stay with up with the team. Currently, he finds himself on the IR, which means he still counts towards the cap of the Maple Leafs, which puts them $61,395 over. These are the kinds of things that general managers such as Kyle Dubas need to deal with when deciding whether or not to bring in a player to a team’s roster.
Brooks has been passed around a few times this year, initially starting with the club but was waived in October, as the team decided to keep Michael Amadio instead (who would also end up on waivers). Brooks was first claimed by their biggest rival the Montreal Canadiens, where he only played four games and had one assist. He was later put on waivers in November by the Canadiens and claimed by Vegas, appearing in seven games, scoring two goals, and found himself back on waivers on Tuesday. Hopefully, for his sake, he can stay within the organization, and work his way back to compete for a spot.
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