TORONTO - Talk about an auspicious debut.
Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, whom GM Dave Nonis acquired from Colorado on April 3 for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 entry draft, was rock-solid in his first game for the blue and white.
The 6-foot-5, 234-pound defenceman scored in his first game as a Leaf — the first player to do that since Matthew Lombardi on Oct. 6 of last season — on a two-on-one with Nazem Kadri, one-timing a Kadri pass in the slot, his second goal of the season and fifth NHL goal in 301 games.
“I saw a chance to jump into the play. Obviously I don’t do that a whole bunch, but I saw Naz with some space, he made a beautiful pass and the rest of history,” said O’Byrne. “It was pretty special scoring my first one in a Maple Leafs jersey in my first game. You can’t write that up any better.”