The Toronto Marlies announced Friday that the team has signed forward Kristian Pospisil and defenceman Alex Gudbranson to two-way AHL-ECHL contracts.
The signing marks a return to Toronto for Gudbranson, who was loaned to the Marlies from the Minnesota Wild organization last February. He dressed in four games with the Marlies during the 2016-17 season. Gudbranson spent most of the season with the Quad City Mallards (ECHL), earning 15 points (4 G, 11 A) in 45 games.
The 23-year-old defenceman from Orleans, Ontario has appeared in 50 career AHL games, including 46 with the Iowa Wild and 118 games with the Mallards in the ECHL. He joined the Wild organization after playing two years with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to finish his major junior career.
Pospisil joins the Marlies after spending the 2016-17 season with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, scoring 15 goals and 40 points in just 48 games. Pospisil played the previous year with the Blainsville-Boisbrand Armada of the QMJHL, where he scored 25 goals and 40 points in his first season playing in North America.
The 21-year-old Slovakian forward was an invite to this year’s Maple Leafs Development Camp following his successful season with the Musketeers.
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Prior to coming to North America, Pospisil played in the EC Salzburg system and has represented Slovakia at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 championships and the 2016 World Juniors.