According to a report on Sportsnet, and now confirmed to me by TSN's Darren Dreger, not only have the Maple Leafs dipped their toes in the collegiate free-agent pool, they are beginning to corner the market.
Being reported early this morning is the news that the Maple Leafs have won the Tyler Bozak sweepstakes, and will sign the talented centre later today.
It is the second college signing within the week for the Maple Leafs, as they inked Christian Hanson on Tuesday.
Not only has it been a productive week for the Maple Leafs because they have locked up two guys they feel are valuable to their future.
It also represents a full change of culture for the Toronto Maple Leafs, in visible form.
Having spoken about this change before, we are finally starting to see what Brian Burke can do in Toronto, and so far the results have been good.
The signings of Bozak and Hanson are of course only the tip of the iceberg. Burke is known to be very active at the draft table, and also in the July 1 free agent period.
Bozak missed a large portion of this past season with the Denver Pioneers, but was still able to produce 24 points in 19 games. In the NCAA playoffs he registered a goal and an assist in a 4-2 upset loss.
It is not yet clear when Bozak will join the team, though one would expect him to get in at least one game with the Maple Leafs this season.