Leafs Make Decision On 19-Year-Old Fraser Minten

He hasn't played a game in over a week, and now, well in advance of the nine-game trial mark, 19-year-old Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Fraser Minten is headed back down to juniors.

Because he didn't make it past that 9-game threshold in the NHL, Minten's entry-level contract will now slide (extend) by a year. 

In the four games that he did suit up for, he didn't manage any points, and had three total shots on goal, in 11:26 average ice time. 

But despite the three healthy scratches and his inevitable trip back to juniors, Minten was thrilled with his time in the NHL. He talked about it the day before he got the news of his return to Kamloops. 

"It's really fun. It feels like I get treated too well at times. It's unbelievable. They give us every reason to play really good on the ice, take care of everything off the ice as best as they can, with the best resources ever. It's sweet," Minten told Luke Fox of Sportsnet

"You never know what [NHL life] is actually like until you experience it," Minten says. "Off-ice, development-wise, the gym stuff is great. Like, doing the same lifts as the strongest, best-conditioned hockey players in the world. So overall, it's really good."

Minten got a taste of the good life, now he has even more motivation to make it back. 

The Leafs have recalled D-man William Lagesson from the Marlies to take his spot on the roster. 

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