Leafs claim former Bruins prospect off waivers; Griffith had 77 points in AHL last season

Columbus Blue Jackets' Jack Johnson, left, tries to carry the puck past Boston Bruins' Seth Griffith during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. The Maple Leafs have claimed 23-year-old winger Griffith off of waivers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jay LaPrete

TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs claimed 23-year-old Seth Griffith off waivers on Tuesday afternoon.

A former fifth-round pick of the Boston Bruins, Griffith scored 24 goals and 77 points in 57 games in Providence of the American Hockey League last season. A five-foot-nine centre from Wallaceburg, Ont., Griffith played junior hockey for the London Knights when they were run by Mark Hunter, now the Leafs assistant general manager.

"(Hunter) and his group obviously felt he was a guy that may be able to help us," Leafs coach Mike Babcock said of Griffith following practice on Tuesday morning.

Griffith played in 34 NHL games for the Bruins, posting six goals and five assists.

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