Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Jared McCann from Pittsburgh Penguins

Apr 22, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Jared McCann (19) skates with the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Jared McCann from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday in exchange for fellow forward Filip Hallander and a seventh-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

The trade came shortly before the NHL froze rosters ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken.

McCann, 25, recorded 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 43 regular-season games in 2020-21 and added an assist in six playoff games. The Ontario native has 155 points (66 goals, 89 assists) in 353 career regular-season games with the Vancouver Canucks (2015-16), Florida Panthers (2016-19) and Penguins (2019-21).

McCann was selected by the Canucks with the 24th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Hallander, 21, collected 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 51 games last season with Lulea HF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft before being traded to Toronto on Aug. 25, 2020 as part of the seventh-piece deal that included Kasperi Kapanen.

“We are excited to add Filip back to the organization. He is a well-rounded player with good size who plays the game the right way,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said. “We are grateful to Jared for his contributions to the team and wish him the best.”

–Field Level Media