First-round pick Tyler Biggs leads list of prospects heading to ECHL

Tyler Biggs is one of five prospects that have been demoted to the ECHL- Image courtesy of Christian at TSGPhoto

Tyler Biggs is one of five prospects that have been demoted to the ECHL- Image courtesy of Christian at TSGPhoto

October 12, 2014

TORONTO– Former first-round pick Tyler Biggs is heading to the ECHL.

Biggs, who was selected with the 22nd pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by Toronto, was assigned by the Marlies to the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears on Sunday along with five other prospects.

The 21-year-old suited up for the Marlies’ season opener on Saturday against the Utica Comets, but was a healthy scratch on Sunday before being demoted.

Forwards Ryan Rupert and Brad Ross, defenceman Eric Knodel and goaltender Garret Sparks will also join the Solar Bears. Defenceman Blake Kessel, who is on an AHL contract, is also heading south.

Despite the high expectations of being a first-round pick, Biggs has had trouble finding success at the pro level and is heading in a negative direction. In his rookie season last year, he was often a healthy scratch. When he was in the lineup he played bottom-six and penalty kill. In 57 games he had seven goals, nine points and 39 penalty minutes.

In 2011 Toronto drafted Biggs three spots ahead of defenceman Stuart Percy, who made his NHL debut this season with the Maple Leafs. Of the 30 players taken in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft, 21 have some form of NHL game experience while Biggs is the only one to be demoted to the ECHL.

The Marlies now have 15 forwards, eight defenceman and two goaltenders on their roster.

KYLE CICERELLA

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4 Responses to First-round pick Tyler Biggs leads list of prospects heading to ECHL

  1. […] Biggs, the 22nd overall selection that year — “he arrives on time and in a bad mood,” then-GM Brian Burke said at the time — has failed to live up to the promise that saw Toronto trade up to Anaheim’s spot just to take him. Last year, his first full campaign in the AHL, was a disappointment; the 21-year-old had just seven goals and nine points in 57 games, which was followed by an early cut from Leafs camp this fall and last week’s demotion to ECHL Orlando. […]

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