Leafs place Petter Granberg on waivers

Many people didn’t even know that Petter Granberg was on the Leafs’ roster still, but today, they were introduced to him in the same breath as their mutual departure. The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed the young shutdown defenceman on waivers, in an attempt to assign him to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL

Granberg was up with the Leafs on a technicality of sorts. In June, he suffered a torn Achilles while doing offseason training in his native Sweden, and was originally given a timeline of four months to recover. While a little behind schedule, the 23-year-old looks close to returning.

Granberg’s assignment was a foregone conclusion. He didn’t impress at all with the Leafs down the stretch last year, playing in seven games while picking up no points and putting up basement-level possession numbers. He’s not the type to fit into a “Babcock system” either; as it stands, Granberg struggles with mobility and isn’t particularly brilliant with the puck.

It’s very likely that he’ll clear waivers, both with that considered and the oversaturated market. If he does, he’ll have to fight ot get his spot back on the Marlies. The team has found incredible success without him, and both Justin Holl and James Martin have impressed in relief for what was practically Granberg’s reserved roster spot. Last year, Granberg scored a single goal and added 14 assists in 53 games and spent heavy time on the penalty kill.

The earliest that Granberg can be assigned to the Marlies is around noon tomorrow; hours before their game against the Binghamton Senators.

  • Gary Empey

    the leafs were stupid to resign him to another contract especially after suffering such a serious injury that some don’t recover from. he wasn’t even good to begin with. he’s basically polak 2.0… i hope someone claims him.

    • magesticRAGE

      Let him go for nothing? It’s not like you can spend money and buy picks, they are bought with commodities, like players. They should entertain the idea of obtaining a 4th or 5th pick. He can play, he’s positionally good, and strong like an ox (Loov is afraid of him). Someone will pick him up around the deadline, but he’ll need to be dangled.

  • Gary Empey

    I like this guy. I hope he clears waivers. I think you are wrong on him having a hard time making the Marlies. He may go to the ECHL for conditioning. If he’s Polak 2.0 Babcock likes to have a few of those type of playes on his team. He can throw some nice body checks. If his skating is as poor as you say then that will certainly keep him off the big team.