News:Jesse Blacker was called up to the Maple Leafs on Thursday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis:Jesse Blacker was simply called up to provide the Maple Leafs with an extra defenseman if Mark Fraser is forced to miss Game 5 with a cranial fracture. He's not expected to be much of a contributor if activated.
News: The Maple Leafs have reassigned Jesse Blacker to AHL Toronto, the Canadian Press reports.
Analysis:Jesse Blacker gave the Leafs an extra blueliner with John-Michael Liles banged up, but with Liles available again, Blacker will head back to the AHL, where he has recorded 10 points and 31 PIMs in 53 games to date.
News:Jesse Blacker has joined the Maple Leafs, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.
Analysis: He'll give the Leafs an extra blueliner with John-Michael Liles banged up, but Jesse Blacker probably won't suit up for Monday's game against the Bruins.
News:Jesse Blacker performed well at Toronto's camp this season and made it to the last cuts Sunday. He'll start this season in the AHL.
Analysis: He has the tools to be a number four defender with power-play potential in the NHL some day. For now, he'll get to ride the buses and earn his stripes in the AHL.
News: Defenseman Jesse Blacker signed a three-year entry level contract with the Maple Leafs on Thursday. The 18-year-old Blacker, selected 58th overall by Toronto in the 2009 draft, will report to the Marlies in the AHL.
Analysis: Blacker split the 2009-10 junior season between Owen Sound and Windsor of the OHL. He had a career-high 33 points. Blacker is considered one of the Maple Leafs' top 10 prospects, but he is more of a defensive player than offensive. Keep him off long-term Fantasy keeper rosters until further notice.