Brooks, 25, is 5’10, 185, and plays centre. He was a standout in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Pats. He was a fourth-round pick (92nd overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL Draft.
He has been primarily an AHL player with the Toronto organization, with 42 goals and 50 assists in 164 career games. In 18 career NHL games, he has four goals and four assists.
Last season, he had four goals and nine assists in 17 AHL games, plus four goals and an assist in 11 NHL games. He also played two playoff games against the Canadiens last season.
If the Canadiens want to keep Brooks in the organization, they will need to keep him on the NHL roster for at least 30 days. If they place him on waivers before then, the Maple Leafs will have the option to reclaim him and assign him directly to the AHL, provided a team higher in the claim order didn’t get to him first.