Maple Leafs Lose Depth Defenseman On Waivers

The Toronto Maple Leafs have remade their blueline over the past few days, bringing in a couple of big defensemen, Ilya Lyubushkin and Joel Edmundson. Those moves forced one of their depth D-men far down the depth chart, leaving the team to expose William Lagesson on waivers on Thursday. Today he was claimed by the Anaheim Ducks.

Lagesson hasn't had a lot of action on the Leafs blueline this season, but he's generally fared pretty well when he has gotten on the ice. The 28 year old got into 30 games with Toronto, with a career-high 14:31 of ice-time per night, registered four assists and an impressive plus/minus rating of +5. He also added a personal-best 56 hits and 39 blocked shots.

Last year, with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, Lagesson put up some nice numbers, with 10 goals and 32 points in 65 games, along with a +14 rating. In a total of 90 career NHL games with the Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers, he has recorded 11 points with a plus-4 rating. 

He was a 4th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Oilers.

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