Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 Important Depth Pieces for Next Season

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 21: Pierre Engvall #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated by head coach Sheldon Keefe after scoring a short handed goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 21, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 21: Pierre Engvall #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs is congratulated by head coach Sheldon Keefe after scoring a short handed goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 21, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 20: Pierre Engvall #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs  . (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 20: Pierre Engvall #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs  . (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

2. Pierre Engvall – 23 years old – LW

At my number two spot I have someone who got the call up towards the end of Mike Babcock’s tenure and had a pretty good start to his NHL career once Sheldon Keefe took over.

However he didn’t have himself quite the second half of a season as he was on a long point drought.

Pierre Engvall came onto the scene playing as a good depth piece for this injured Toronto Maple Leafs team and he didn’t disappoint.

However like I said, he did go on a lengthy point drought as he picked up only one point (goal) in his last 21 games of the season before it came to a stop. Can you guess who he got that goal against? David Ayres… enough said.

Pierre signed a two year contract extension with an AAV of $1.25M during the season and if he can produce at the rate he was scoring at in the first half of his season, this contract will be great, as well as an important piece in the bottom six.

He can also play on the second line as he played with John Tavares for a bit but in my opinion had a better fit on the third line with Kerfoot.

Engvall’s 2019-20 stats – 48 GP – 8 G – 7 A – 15 PTS

Yes 15 points in 48 games seems alright for a player who consistently played in the bottom six and struggled down the stretch but Pierre was on pace for a 40 point season at an 82 game pace before his struggles hit him.

All in all if Pierre Engvall kept his consistency throughout the full season that defiantly would’ve been a boost for the Toronto Maple Leafs depth, which was struggling at some points down the stretch of games.

Pierre will be an important depth piece for the Leafs next season and he can play on the second line if needed like I said, but the third line suits him better. (Stats from NHL.com).