Adam Brooks made his NHL debut in late December after spending the last two and half seasons with the Toronto Marlies. As a player who was passed over in his initial year of draft eligibility and selected in the fourth round of the 2016 draft as an overager, he has beaten the odds to develop into a viable NHL option.
Brooks entered the Maple Leafs organization coming off of a season where he racked up 120 points in 72 games to lead the WHL in scoring and followed it up with another 130 points the following season, finishing just one point shy of back to back scoring titles. He joined the Marlies the following year but the offensive production didn’t come as easily as it did in junior and Brooks finished his first professional season with just 8 goals and 11 assists in 57 games.
Playing a larger role for the Marlies in his second season, Brooks took a step forward recording 21 goals and 19 assists for 40 points in 61 games. He entered this season squarely on the Leafs radar as a depth option up front and after another 20 points in 29 games with the Marlies through December, the 24 year old earned his first taste of NHL action.
Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation