The Toronto Maple Leafs had an incredible run in the 1990s but narrowly missed out on a Stanley Cup Final twice.
Led by Doug Gilmour, the Toronto Maple Leafs were a powerhouse from 1992-to-1994 and if it wasn’t for a Wayne Gretzky high-stick, who knows what could have happened.
Those early 90s teams are as beloved as any Leafs team ice since winning a cup in 1967. One of the main reasons why those teams were so good was because they had drafted and developed a number of key players through their organization.
Starting goaltender Felix Potvin, forward Nikolai Borschevsky and the legend Wendel Clark were all drafted by the Leafs and eventually became key contributors on those 90s teams that made it to back-to-back Conference Finals.
Although these draft picks were critical to team success, there are always going to be selections you regret.
As we already outlined in the 1980s version of this column, the main criteria is:
- The player can only be a “miss” if another team selected that individual within five picks of the Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick.
Here are the top 10 draft misses by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1990s.