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Golden Knights claim Michael Amadio off waivers from Maple Leafs




The Vegas Golden Knights have claimed forward Michael Amadio off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Amadio, 25, appeared in three games for the Maple Leafs early in the season while Auston Matthews was recovering from wrist surgery. Amadio did not record a point and had two shots on goal while playing 9:10 per game. He skated on the fourth line with Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds.

Vegas is battling injuries to their forward group at the moment. Not only are first line wingers Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone out, but Alex Tuch is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, while Nolan Patrick and Mattias Janmark are out with upper-body injuries. Patrick was placed on the injured list as a corresponding move to the claim of Amadio. The need for immediate NHL-level depth made Amadio appealing to the Golden Knights.

Toronto, having lost Michael Amadio off waivers, will need to look to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL when they require forward depth. Kirill Semyonov leads the Marlies with five points (1 G, 4 A) in six games. Brett Seney and Joey Anderson both have four points. Josh Ho-Sang has four goals in five games for the Marlies but is not signed to an NHL deal currently.

Michael Amadio is a 6-foot-1, 204-pound forward who can play both wing and centre. He has 40 points (16 G, 24 A) in 176 career games, 168 of which he played with the Los Angeles Kings. He also played five games for the Ottawa Senators last season.

The Maple Leafs are in action against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday.

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