Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Trade Deadline 2012: Leafs Send Luca Caputi to Ducks for Nicolas Deschamps

KANATA, ON - SEPTEMBER 29: Nikolai Kulemin #41 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is mobbed by teammate Luca Caputi #33 after scoring a goal against the Ottawa Senators during a game at Scotiabank Place on September 29, 2010 in Kanata, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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Brad LeClairCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2012

The Leafs announced Tuesday that the club has sent power forward Luca Caputi to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Ducks forward Nicolas Deschamps.

Caputi struggled with injuries and consistency his entire stay with the Leafs and gets a change of scenery by heading to Southern California.

This season with the Marlies, Caputi has scored a meager two goals and added one assist in 21 games.

Caputi was originally acquired by the Leafs as part of the Alexei Ponikarovsky deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As for Deschamps, he was taken 35th overall in the 2008 NHL draft by the Anaheim Ducks. In his last year of junior, he played with Chicoutimi and Moncton and managed to finish with 96 points in 64 games, while showing a very good defensive game as well.

He has the hands and the creativity, but the lack of strength will likely lead to severe bouts of inconsistency. He has soft hands and incredible speed, which lends itself perfectly to how the Leafs play hockey.

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Funnily enough, Deschamps has drawn comparisons to another Leaf, Matthew Lombardi, because of how speedy they are and for their ability to play all three zones of the game—offensive, defensive and neutral zones.

At 6'1" 182 pounds and 21 years of age, Deschamps could stand to add a few more pounds of muscle before the start of the 2012 season.

In 21 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch, Deschamps has five goals and two assists in 31 games.

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