The Toronto Maple Leafs has acquired forward Michael Grabner from the New York Islanders in exchange for five players, including forward Taylor Beck, according to an official press release.
"[Grabner] brings exceptional speed. There's no question that he's one of the top penalty-killers in the League. He pushes other people and he pushes the defense back,” Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello said via the team’s official website. "He's the type of player that what he has you can't teach."
The Islanders received 24-year-old forward Beck and 20-year-old forward Carter Verhaeghe, 20-year-old goaltender Christopher Gibson, and 22-year-old defensemen Matt Finn and Tom Nilsson in the Toronto-New York trade.
Grabner took to Twitter to thank his fans from New York and said he’s excited to join his new NHL team in Toronto.
— Michael Grabner (@grabs40) September 17, 2015
Grabner has played a total of 317 regular season games after being picked in the first round of the 2006 draft by the Vancouver Canucks where he played in his rookie season. He was traded to the Islanders the following draft.
In 317 regular season games, the right wing from Villach, Austria, has collected 155 points (95 goals and 60 assists) and in 17 postseason games, has 6 points (2 goals and 4 assists).