March 11, 2015
TORONTO– Prospect Tyler Biggs’ up-and-down sophomore season with the Toronto Marlies has come to an end.
The team announced on Wednesday that the 21-year-old forward will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles tendon in his left ankle.
The injury occurred in the first period of Friday’s 5-3 win against the Adirondack Flames.
Biggs’ second pro season got off to a rocky start when he was demoted in October to the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears. After being recalled by Toronto in December, Biggs was in and out of the lineup until moving off the right wing and solidifying a spot as the fourth-line centre.
Biggs, who was selected 22nd overall in 2011, is the only first-round selection from his draft class that has spent time in the ECHL.
“Going into your second year pro you look for more responsibility and more opportunity, obviously that didn’t stick at the beginning of the year,” said Biggs.
With Biggs out, Marlies head coach Gord Dineen chose to use left winger Jamie Devane at centre Saturday in a rematch with the Flames. It’s unclear what Dineen’s plan of attack moving forward will be but his options down the middle are limited. Shifting 18-year-old William Nylander over from the left side could be a possibility with Ryan Rupert shuffling down the rotation. Byron Froese, who is a natural centre but recently has been on the wing, could also be moved back.
The six-foot-2, 225 pound Ohio native produced two goals and five points in 47 games with the Marlies this season. He has one more year on his contract before entering restricted free-agent status.