Top 10 Toronto Maple Leafs Busts of the Last 20 Years

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TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 1: Greg McKegg #39 of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

#8. Greg McKegg

The St. Thomas, Ontario native was drafted by the Leafs in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Also drafted that year was a similar style player as McKegg, named Brad Ross who narrowly missed out on this list. Both were left-handed shots listed at similar weight and height and could score. Although Ross was drafted 19 spots ahead, it felt like there was more potential for McKegg as the two began their professional careers.

McKegg had 37 goals and 85 points during his draft year and then followed that up with 49 goals and 92 points a year later. Despite having already been drafted, almost scoring 50 goals in the Ontario Hockey League is a tremendous accomplishment, as he finished third in goal scoring and eighth in total points that season.

Ryan Fulford of Bleacher Report described McKegg as the following in 2012, prior to his first full AHL season.

"“An offensively gifted player, McKegg has been pegged as a ‘steal’ by many prognosticators and pundits, but his long-term potential is much debated. He’s a bit of a “tweener”: a player who isn’t a true top-six forward but isn’t a third-liner either.”"

Unfortunately McKegg never ended up being a steal and was neither a top-six forward or a third-line player like Fulford suggested.

McKegg has bounced around the league and has been able to establish a steady role with the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers over the last two years, but it’s taken him almost a decade to do so.

Regardless, Leafs fans will always be forever grateful for McKegg as he’ll be the trivia answer for years for the question of “Who was Zach Hyman traded for?”