Toronto Maple Leafs 2015 NHL Draft Retrospective

2015 NHL Draft - Round One
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34th overall - Travis Dermott

With their first pick in the second round and early on day two, the Leafs chose left-handed two-way defender Travis Dermott from the Erie Otters of the OHL.

He was not a flashy player with homerun potential that many expected the Leafs to go for with this pick, but he had shown enough to look promising on a stacked Erie Otters club.

He showed to have a very capable defensive game and a promising offensive game that saw him lead defenders in playoff scoring with 17 points in 20 games. His skating had some minor flaws to it but was generally seen as mobile and quick on his feet. 

He would spend one more season in junior before turning pro with the Toronto Marlies.

He spent the next season and a half developing there, being named to the AHL all-star game after he scored 18 points in 28 games. He was given an extended look on the Leafs blueline mainly playing beside veteran Roman Polak. He looked promising producing 13 points in only 37 games and played all seven playoff games on the Leafs backend before rejoining the Marlies and winning a Calder cup with them.

Dermott would spend the next few seasons with the Leafs mainly staying put on their third pairing and unfortunately never really progressed beyond that role.

He played with the Arizona Coyotes this past season and so far has played in 329 games in his NHL career. He is entering the 2023-24 off-season as an unrestricted free agent where he will hope to continue his NHL career.