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Maple Leafs sign prospects Slaney and Stalberg

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TSN.ca Staff
4/14/2009 11:52:20 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to stock their team with young talent.

The club signed free agent left winger Robert Slaney to a three-year entry level deal on Tuesday, and also inked prospect Viktor Stalberg to a two-year entry level contract.

"We are excited to have Robert join the Maple Leafs organization," president and general manager Brian Burke said in a statement. "He is a strong power forward, who has good size, and his offensive totals have continuously improved over the past four seasons of junior hockey with Cape Breton."

The 20-year old led the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in goals (36) and points (81) this past season. He also had 78 penalty minutes.

Among all QMJHL players he ranked 10th in points and 11th in goals.  He collected nine points on five goals and four assists in six playoff games.

In 239 career games with Cape Breton, Slaney tallied 78 goals, 90 assists and 168 points, along with 229 penalty minutes.

Stalberg, 23, will join the Toronto Marlies after playing this season with the University of Vermont. In 39 games there, he scored 24 goals and 22 assists to place fifth in NCAA scoring. He was selected by the Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 161st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

"Viktor was one of the best players in the NCAA this season," said Burke in a statement. "He's been able to perform in pressure situations and has been very consistent at both ends of the ice. We look forward to adding his size and speed to our organization."

Stalberg was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as best U.S. college player. He was named a divison I All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association.

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