The Norfolk Admirals, AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, have given forward Brayden Irwin a PTO.

Upon completion of his four-year collegiate career with the University of Vermont, Irwin signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 29, 2010. With the Leafs out of playoff contention, Irwin immediately made his NHL debut at the end of the 2009–10 season on April 1, 2010. In the final year of his entry level contract with the Leafs, due to injury and lack of form Irwin was re-assigned to ECHL affiliate the Reading Royals by the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 11, 2011. After one game with the Royals, Irwin was then loaned to ECHL rival the Florida Everblades for the remainder of the season, where he became instrumental in helping capture the Kelly Cup.

On September 5, 2012, he was re-signed to a one-year ECHL contract with the Everblades. To date, Irwin has appeared in 37 games with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades this season, scoring 14 goals and 29 points. While not a great skater, he plays like a power forward, and he’s got a strong and accurate wrist shot. Irwin will likely be used in a second or third line role with the Admirals, and should provide the team reasons to sign him in the future.

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