Leafs sign 24-year-old ex-Nashville defenseman

Published August 15, 2023 at 6:56 PM

This afternoon, the Leafs announced they had signed 24-year-old defenseman David Farrance to a two-way AHL deal. The left-shot blueliner was drafted in the third round of the 2017 draft by the Predators after spending two years in the US National Development Program.

Following his draft year, Farrance spent four seasons at Boston University where he had 43 points in 34 games and 16 points in 11 games his final two seasons before making his NHL debut with the Predators during the 2020-21 season. The past two seasons, Farrance spent playing in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals in the 2021-22 season before splitting time with the Chicago Wolves and Colroado Eagles last season. In his first AHL season he skated in 50 games and registered 14 points while he registered 24 points 45 games last season.

Farrance's addition continues to add to the prospect depth of the Leafs, but we shouldn't expect him in the NHL any time soon as he appears to be near the bottom of the Marlies' depth chart. Given that his contract is a two-way deal between the AHL and ECHL, he could also find himself spending some of the season with the Newfoundland Growlers.

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