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.