Toronto Maple Leafs 2014 NHL Draft Retrospective

2014 NHL Draft - Round 1
2014 NHL Draft - Round 1 / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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Sixth Pick

The sixth and final selection that the Leafs made in 2014 came in the seventh round at 188th overall when they took Swedish winger Pierre Engvall.

As with all Leafs’ Swedish draft picks, the Engvall pick can be credited to legendary scout Thommie Bergman. Of course, this pick was about as good as you can hope for from a seventh round pick. 

Engvall worked his way up from the Swedish junior ranks to the Allsvenskan before joining the Toronto Marlies in 2018. He spent the next season and a half developing with the Leafs farm team before breaking into a bottom-six role.

He has carved out a niche as a defensively responsible winger with speed who excels in carrying the puck. After being traded to the Islanders in 2023, he has since signed a seven-year deal worth $3 million per season in Long Island.

Although Engvall is not a star, he has scored 120 points and played 318 games so far in his career and at 28-years old and with six seasons remaining on his deal, he should be a mainstay in the NHL for a few more years. This was a no-doubt homerun pick in the seventh round.

Conclusion

All-in-all, the Leafs 2014 draft has been somewhat of a success.

Three out of six players are current day NHLers with one being a truly elite talent. However, two of those players - Engvall and Joshua - are bottom-of-the-lineup guys, and one of them never played for the Leafs.

This draft starts a disturbing trend where the Leafs grab a star player and then don't do much else with the picks. If they hit on more middle-round picks, the first eigtht years of the Auston Matthews Era likely go a lot differently.

Of course, there was plenty of talent to be found elsewhere in the draft with the Leafs missing out on steals like Brayden Point, Devon Toews, Viktor Arvidsson, amongst others. Though they could have done worse and were able to come away with some late round hits.

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At this time, only one member of the draft class currently plays for the Leafs. But as of next year, it could be two.