When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke acquired forward Carter Ashton from the Tampa Bay Lightning in return for rugged defenseman Keith Aulie the feeling was Ashton would be a project for the Blue and White.
With injuries piling up the Maple Leafs recalled Ashton from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on an emergency basis. Ashton would get into 15 games with the Maple Leafs, registering no points and a plus/minus rating of minus-10 while firing 22 shots on opposing goaltenders.
Ashton played in seven regular season games with the Marlies, registering two goals and one assist for a total of three points. Ashton followed that up with a three point effort through six playoff games before succumbing to a concussion injury.