The Toronto Maple Leafs sent forward David Steckel to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday in a move that frees up a roster spot for the potential return of Joffrey Lupul on Saturday night.

In exchange for Steckel, Toronto acquired winger Ryan Lasch and Anaheim's seventh-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lasch won the Finnish Elite League scoring title last season with 24 goals and 62 points.

Lasch, a 26-year-old native of Lake Forest, Calif., also suited up for the U.S. at the 2012 IIHF world championship and had two assists in seven games in the tournament.