Former Maple Leafs Defenseman Heading to Europe

The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost some organizational depth as defenseman Filip Kral has signed a one-year deal to play in Finland next season.

The 23-year-old blueliner was a former fifth-round selection in 2018. Since being drafted into the Leafs organization, Kral has played primarily with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He appeared in two NHL games for the Maple Leafs last season, posting zero points.

Kral's best season came back in 2021-22, when he posted 21 points in 58 games for the Marlies. The 6-foot-1 Czechia native is hopeful he'll see some more playing time next season with the Pelicans and can eventually work his way back in the NHL scene.

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