By Steve Buffery
TORONTO, Ontario – Former Johnstown Chiefs and current Toronto Maple Leafs forward Andre Deveaux has been criticized for not dropping his gloves often enough since being called up from the Toronto Marlies on Nov. 26.
But, in reality, the Welland native has been one of the most active fighters in the NHL recently, having been in five scraps in the Leafs’ past five games, including two Tuesday against former ECHL right wing Krys Barch of the Dallas Stars.
He also has earned a regular spot on Toronto’s fourth line, while the team’s other policeman, Ryan Hollweg, has been a healthy scratch the past three games.
The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Deveaux also picked up his first NHL point, an assist, in the Leafs’ 8-2 loss to the Stars.
“I feel a lot more comfortable out there,” Deveaux said of his recent play.
“I’m getting a little more confident to try some things while at the same time still doing my job. Hopefully I’ll get in more games and get the comfort level a little higher and pop a few in.”