The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled Nikita Soshnikov from the Marlies of the American Hockey League affiliate and loaned fellow forward Frederik Gauthier to the affiliate, the team announced Tuesday.
Tuesday was the deadline for the Maple Leafs to add Soshnikov to their active roster or a clause in his contract would be activated to allow him to return to the Kontinental Hockey League, TSN reported.
Soshnikov has collected five goals, seven assists and 10 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Marlies this season. The 24-year-old signed a three-year entry-level contract in March 2015 that included the above clause.
Soshnikov recorded seven goals and as many assists in 67 career contests with the Maple Leafs.
Gauthier was recalled by the Maple Leafs last Tuesday, but did not skate in any games for the NHL club. The 22-year-old has collected two assists in eight games with the Marlies this season.
Gauthier was selected by the Maple Leafs with the 21st overall pick of the 2013 NHL draft.